Solomon Sir Jones films
Scope and Contents
Jones filmed Oklahoma residents in their homes; during their social, school and church activities; in the businesses they owned; and performing various jobs. The films document several Oklahoma communities, including Muskogee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Wewoka, Bristow and Taft. The films also document Jones's trips to Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, New York City, South Carolina, Colorado, and overseas to France, England, Palestine, Switzerland, Italy, Northern Africa, and Germany. Slates between scenes identify locations, dates, and subjects.
Jones frequently filmed at various locations by positioning himself outside a building while people exited the building in a line. This perspective provides footage of people as they walk by the camera, usually looking directly at it. Footage of churches includes congregants exiting the service and socializing outside; footage of schools often includes students playing outside or doing exercises; and footage of people at their home includes them outside on their porches or in their yards. Aside from church and scheduled school activities, people presumably exited at Jones's request for the purpose of being filmed by him.
- 1924 - 1928
Conditions Governing Access
All original and surrogate films are restricted and may be consulted only with permission of the appropriate curator. Each film is available as digital video in the Beinecke Library's Digital Images Online database; links are provided at the film level. DVD reference copies are available in Box 1 listed at the end of the finding aid.
Existence and Location of Copies
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
0.2 Linear Feet (29 reels)
Language of Materials
Solomon Sir Jones (1869-1936)
The preservation reformatting work completed includes new 16mm negatives made with a wet gate optical printer (this eliminated some scratches); new prints were made from new negatives on a contact printer. All rolls were first hand cleaned due to the fine metal dust that came from the deteriorated aluminum reels, and the necessary repairs of the above listed damages were completed. Heavily damaged sections were removed and are stored as a separate reel.
The Media Preserve telecined all new 16mm negatives for the creation of digital files for preservation and access. These digital files are available for access.
The Collection Contents contains edited slate transcriptions and content description supplied by the archivist. Jones was creative in his slate construction since he often ran out of letters and had to use others or omit them all together. In these cases, the transcription was edited to reflect the intended words. Spelling errors were researched and corrected. When omitted but known, state abbreviations are supplied for uniformity. The supplied time codes correspond to the videos available.
Condition assessment information for each film is listed in the finding aid at the film level.
- African American Baptists -- Oklahoma
- African American business enterprises -- Oklahoma
- African American churches -- Oklahoma
- African American families
- African Americans
- African Americans -- Oklahoma
- African Americans -- Social life and customs
- Audiovisual materials
- Home movies
- Jones, S. S., Rev., 1869-1936
- Motion pictures (visual works)
- Oklahoma -- Muskogee
- Oklahoma -- Okmulgee
- Oklahoma -- Social life and customs
- United States -- Description and travel
- Guide to the Solomon Sir Jones Films
- by Molly Wheeler
- August 2012
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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