The Sandra Bean Home Movie Collection includes nine reels of 8mm and 16mm film documenting African Americans beginning in
the late 1930s. The home movies include four b&w and four color films totaling 103 minutes and shows women gardening, children
playing, sleeping car
porters traveling across the country working for the Pullman Company, and families enjoying their leisure time dancing and fishing. A majority of the footage is thought to be taken by
Ernest Bean, a sleeping car porter from the Bay Area, and documents the work of sleeping car
porters working for the Pullman Company and middle class African Americans in the Bay Area during the 1930s-1940s.