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Solomon Sir Jones films

Call Number: WA MSS S-2636
Scope and Contents
The Solomon Sir Jones films consist of 29 silent black and white films documenting African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928. The films measure 12,800 feet (355 min). All films are B-wind positive prints, except one roll that contains approximately 150 feet of orange base B-wind positive.

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.
Physical Description
29 reels: motion picture film 16mm.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

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.
Conditions Governing Use
The Solomon Sir Jones Films is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Swann Galleries on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2009.
Arranged numerically by film number assigned before Yale's 2009 acquisition.
1924 - 1928
0.2 Linear Feet (29 reels)
Related Names
Jones, S. S., Rev., 1869-1936
Language of Materials