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African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
Fox News and Fox Movietone News camera crews covered the people and events of the country and, indeed, the world. From 1919 to 1963 these journalists aimed their viewfinders at the mundane and the spectacular. The resulting images - most of which still exist as camera negatives at Moving Image Research Collections--provide an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse the world through their eyes.
Fox Movietone News, The War Years
“Fox Movietone News: the War Years, 1942 – 1944,” a collaboration between the University of South Carolina and the Library of Congress, provides online access for the first time to over two hundred Fox Movietone News newsreels released in American theaters from September 1942 through August 1944. Before the era of television news broadcasts, newsreels were shown in theaters across the country to inform and entertain audiences. During the war, two newsreels per week were released by each of the five major American newsreel companies (Fox Movietone News, Universal News, Hearst News of the Day, Paramount News, and Pathé News). These 8 to 10 minute Fox Movietone News newsreels record how the world appeared on screen to the American public during the war. As a whole, the collection helps us better understand how the war was waged on the home front. The films reveal a concerted effort to sustain a sense of “normalcy” in America even as war ravaged much of the globe. Battlefield victories (and losses) were interspersed with beauty pageants and ball games. But even when light-hearted news dominated much of a newsreel, the war was an inescapable reality.
Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman Home Movies
The 25 home movie reels in the collection cover a diverse range of activities dating from the duo’s heyday in the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, with the bulk of the films concentrated between approximately 1938 and 1941. Within the collection are events including, but not limited to: family gatherings; public appearances; trips both within the USA and abroad; Hollywood studio backlot footage; and other events that reveal the personal lives of a public family. The dates describing each film are estimates derived by using edge codes and context clues. In addition to the films, the donor provided clippings that give the researcher further contextual information on the Wisemans. These clippings may be accessed by researchers in the Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection file.