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Discovering Black Film History: Tracing the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection

Jacqueline Stewart
Film History
Vol. 23, No. 2, Black Representations (January 2011), pp. 147-173
Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/filmhistory.23.2.147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/filmhistory.23.2.147
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

Abstract This paper focuses on how the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection developed as an archival collection, and what this teaches us about contemporary constructions of film history and African American history. More specifically, it describes the appeals and dangers of framing these films within a lost-then-found narrative template, in which their acquisition by an archive is imagined to provide a satisfying sense of closure.

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