The Edward Mapp collection spans the years 1921-2001 (bulk 1940s-1990s) and consists of approximately
1,200 posters and 0.5 linear foot of manuscript material. The collection contains miscellaneous
correspondence; programs, invitations, and publicity announcements for various exhibitions of posters
from Mapp's collection; his dissertation; photographs; and a separately housed collection of posters. The
posters document African-American performers and directors in films intended for black audiences as well
as mainstream Hollywood productions.
Edward Mapp is an African-American professor, writer, and collector of posters of both black films and
films with black characters. Eventually he amassed more than 900 posters, and his collection became one
of the pre-eminent sources of information on black films.
0.5 linear feet of papers.
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