Carlton Moss films and videotapes, 1953-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Moss, Carlton
Title
Carlton Moss films and videotapes
Dates
1953-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
18 film reels (257 minutes, 9,190 feet) : silent and sound, color ; 16 mm
2 videotape reels (42 minutes) : sound, color ; 1 inch open reel videotape
Collection Number
PH0933
Summary
Films by an African American screenwriter and film director about Frederick Douglass, Charles White, and African-American women artists
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The original reels are not accessible due to preservation concerns. Arrangements can be made to view the films by contacting the Visual Materials Curator. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carlton Moss (February 14, 1909 - August 10, 1997) was an African American screenwriter and film director. Moss was raised in both North Carolina and New Jersey. He attended Morgan State University, where he formed an acting troupe called "Toward a Black Theater". Later he wrote The Negro Soldier for Frank Capra, a propaganda film encouraging racial harmony among World War II soldiers and specifically encouraging African-American men to enlist. After this film he became an important figure in independent cinema of African Americans. In 1944 Moss went to Europe and made the film Teamwork , a documentary about the work of an African-American quartermaster unit known as "The Redball Express". He had the chance to work with Elia Kazan on Pinky but left the project, as he felt it demeaning to blacks. He later taught as a guest lecturer at Fisk University in Nashville and as a professor at the University of California at Irvine in the Comparative Culture Program, and made educational films about African-American history.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The documentary films in the collection were created by Carlton Moss. His subjects include famous African American figures Frederick Douglass, Charles White, and African-American female artists. Also includes a film on libraries.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Arrangements can be made to view the films by contacting the Visual Materials Curator.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Films and VideotapesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
1a,1,2 1a, 1,2
Frederick Douglass: The House on Cedar Hill
A short documentary about Frederick Douglass, the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
The films are prints made on 1974 film stock.
1953
VC566
 Release Print
1 reel (14 minutes,500) : 16mm; sound, color
Project Elements
Film/Video Elements
1 reel (14 minutes, 500 feet) : 16mm duplilcate negative; silent, black and white
Audio Elements
1 reel (14 minutes, 500 feet) : 16mm optical sound
3 3
Drawings from Life: Charles White
A short documentary about Charles White, an African-American artist known for his Works Progress Administration (WPA) era murals.
1980
Release Print
1 reel (11 minutes) : 1 inch open reel videotape; sound, color
4-5 4-5
Library
A short experimental film pertaining to libraries that features both animation and still photography.
circa 1982
Project Elements
Film/Video Elements
1 reel (3 minutes, 100 feet) : 16mm duplicate negative; silent, color
Audio Elements
1 reel (3 minutes, 100 feet) : 16mm optical sound
6-19 6-19
Forever Free
A short documentary that pertains to art created by African-American women from 1862 to 1980.
1984
Release Print
1 reel (31 minutes) : 1 inch open reel videotape; sound, color
Project Elements
Film/Video Elements
10 reels (153 minutes, 5490 feet) : 16mm original and duplilcate negatives, interpositives, and work prints; silent, color
Audio Elements
3 reels (55 minutes, 2000 feet) : 16mm optical and magnetic sound

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Abolitionists--United States--Biography
  • African American abolitionists--United States--Biography
  • African American women artists--United States--Biography
  • Documentary films
  • Personal Names :
  • Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895--Biography
  • Moss, Carlton
  • White, Charles, 1918-1979--Biography
  • Corporate Names :
  • Frederick Douglass Memorial Home--Biography

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)