Guide to the Henry Williams Jr. Film Collection

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, California 94612
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African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Henry Williams Jr. Film Collection

Collection number: MS 195

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
2016-05-21
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry Williams Jr. film collection
Dates: 1937-1979
Collection number: MS 195
Collector: Williams, Henry Jr.
Collection Size: 7 linear feet (6 boxes)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Henry Williams Jr. Film Collection consists of 175 films and 3 reel-to-reel audiotapes mostly documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Access to original film reels is restricted. See archivist for details.

Access Restrictions

Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish from the Henry Williams Jr. Film Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Henry Williams Jr. film collection, MS 195, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated to African American Museum & Library by Henry Williams Jr. on July 7, 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, May 21, 2016.Finding aid updated with material from accession 2017-094 by Sean Heyliger on December 27, 2017.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Henry Williams Jr. Film Collection consists of 175 films and 3 reel-to-reel audiotapes mostly documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s. The collection is organized into five series: Series I: Black Panther Party films; Series II: Union and student protest films; Series III: British films; Series IV. Chinese films; Series V. Assorted films. The Black Panther Party film reels include outtakes and b-roll footage shot in preparation of the California Newsreel film MayDay and includes film footage of Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, and other party leaders. The union and student protest series consists of assorted footage of protest rallies in the late 1960s and 1970s, and includes footage of Vietnam War protests, UAW and OCAW union strikes, the Farah Manufacturing Company strike of 1972, and student protests at high schools in Oakland, California following the police shooting of Melvin Black in 1979. British films include six educational and newsreels from the 1940s-1950s and four unidentified Chinese films. The assorted series consists of 59 films of stock footage, educational films and unidentified films. For the unidentified films, a short description of the initial film frames has been supplied by the cataloger in brackets.

Arrangement

Series I: Black Panther Party films. Series II: Union and student protest films. Series III: British films Series IV. Chinese films Series V. Assorted films

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Black Panther Party--History--Pictorial works.
Strikes and lockouts--Chemical workers.
Student movements--California.
California Newsreel (Firm).


Collection Contents

 

Black Panther Party films

Physical Description: 78 film reels

Series Scope and Content Summary

78 16mm film reels including outtakes and b-roll of Black Panther Party rallies and interviews with party leaders including Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and Huey Newton. Most of the clips are believed to be taken as part of the California Newsreel film MayDay.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by clip title or description.
 

MayDay outtakes

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0001] [MP-0001/001] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0002] [MP-0002/002] 1969-05-01

Box 1

Interview with Bobby Seale [MP-0003/004] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0004] [MP-0004/005] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0005] [MP-0005/006] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0006] [MP-0006/007] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0007] [MP-0007/008] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0008] [MP-0008/009] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0009] [MP-0009/010] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0010] [MP-0010/011] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0011] [MP-0011/010] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0012] [MP-0012/011] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0013] [MP-0013/012] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0014] [MP-0014/013] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0015] [MP-0015/014] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0016] [MP-0016/015] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0017] [MP-0017/016] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0018] [MP00-18/017] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0019] [MP-0019/018] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0020] [MP-0020/019] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0021] [MP-0021/020] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0022] [MP-0022/021] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0023] [MP-0023/022] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0024] [MP-0024/023] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0025] [MP-0025/024] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0026] [MP-0026/025] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0027] [MP-0027/026] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0028] [MP-0028/027] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0029] [MP-0029/028] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0030] [MP-0030/029] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0031] [MP-0031/030] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0032] [MP-0032/031] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0033] [MP-0033/032] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0034] [MP-0034/033] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0035] [MP-0035/034] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0036] [MP-0036/035] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0037] [MP-0037/036] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0038] [MP-0038/037] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0039] [MP-0039/038] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0040] [MP-0040/039] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0041] [MP-0041/040] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0042] [MP-0042/043] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0043] [MP-0043/044] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0044] [MP-0044/045] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0045] [MP-0045/046] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0046] [MP-0046/047] 1969-05-01

Box 1

Unidentified man speaking at podium [0047] [MP-0047/046] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0048] [MP-0048/047] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0049] [MP-0049/048] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0050] [MP-0050/049] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0051] [MP-0051/052] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0052] [MP-0052/051] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0053] [MP-0053/052] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0054] [MP-0054/055] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0055] [MP-0055/054] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0056] [MP-0056/054] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0057] [MP-0057/058] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0058] [MP-0058/057] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0059] [MP-0059/058] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0060] [MP-0060/059] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0061] [MP-0061/062] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0062] [MP-0062/061] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0063] [MP-0063/062] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0064] [MP-0064/063] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0081] [MP-0081] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0082] [MP-0082] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0083] [MP-0083] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0084] [MP-0084] 1969-05-01

Box 1

MayDay outtakes [0111] [MP-0111] 1969-05-01

Box 1

Seale: backward ass butt [057] 1969-05-01

 

Assorted

Box 5

Bobby Seale delivering speech at the Oakland Auditorium [MP-0102] circa 1960s

Box 5

Bobby Seale and unidentified speakers delivering speeches at the Oakland Auditorium [MP-0092/151] circa 1960s

Box 6

Bobby Seale delivering speech at the Oakland Auditorium / Black Panther Party rally at DeFremery Park Oakland, California [?][MP-0110/168] circa 1960s

Box 1

Communist revolution [003] circa 1960s

Box 5

Free the Black Panthers protest march Oakland, California [?] [MP-0101] circa 1960s

Box 5

Interview with Bobby Seale [MP-0106] undated

Box 4

Pig Power Newsreel #23 by New York and San Francisco [Vietnam War protests] [MP-0075/094] 1969-11

Box 3

Protest at DeFremery Park Oakland, California [0065] [MP-0065/080] circa 1960s

 

Union and student protest films

Physical Description: 25 film and audio reels

Series Scope and Content Summary

25 films documenting assorted student and union protest rallies. Includes footage of UAW and OCAW strikes and rallies, protests following the death of Oakland teenager Melvin Black, El Paso, Texas Farah strike, and Klu Klux Klan rallies.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by clip title or description.
Box 5

Attila Domokos & U.A.W. teamsters / Students on strike [MP-0105/157] 1970

Box 5

Cine News head track sync roll night meeting in tent city & Philadelphia General Hospital (P.G.H.) rally [MP-0087/120] undated

Box 4

El Consejo Nacional de Huelga presenta La Agresion undated

Box 3

Farah Manufacturing Company protest [MP-0068/086] circa 1974

Box 5

Farah Manufacturing Company strike [MP-0089/118] circa 1974

Box 2

High School Rising [S.F. Mission High 1960s student unrest][071] undated

Box 5

International Hotel (I-Hotel) protest rally against San Francisco Mayor George Moscone [MP-0094] circa 1977

Box 3

Interview with members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) [MP-0067/085] undated

Box 3

Joe Campos Torres and the Moody Park Riots [MP-0066/081] 1977

Box 5

Klan rallies 1960s [116] undated

Box 4

National Chicano Moratorium Committee East Los Angeles protest August 29, 1970 [MP-0077/101] 1970-08-29

Box 5

National Chicano Moratorium Committee East Los Angeles protest August 29, 1970 [MP-0100/148] 1970-08-29

Box 3

Oakland High School students protesting the police shooting of 14 year old student Melvin Black [MP-0069/087] 1979

Box 5

Protest at DeFremery Park Oakland, California [MP-0085/119] undated

Box 3

Protest rally in support of the Moody Park Riots Houston, Texas [MP-0072/090] 1977

Box 3

Protest rally in support of the Moody Park Riots Houston, Texas [MP-0074/092] 1978

Box 3

Protest rally in support of the Moody Park Riots Houston, Texas [MP-0071/089] 1978

Box 1

San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) worker addressing Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) [MP-0093/020] 1976

Box 5

Unidentified protest [MP-0086/127] undated

Box 4

Union protest OCAW Local 1-561 Chevron Oil Martinez, California [MP-0070] 1969

Box 4

Union protest OCAW Local 1-561 Chevron Oil Martinez, California [MP-0080] 1969

Box 5

Union protest OCAW Local 1-561 Chevron Oil Martinez, California [?] [MP-0099] 1969

Box 4

Vietnam War and AT&T worker protest in San Francisco, California [MP-0079/113] 1971

Box 5

Vietnam War protest march San Francisco, California [MP-0104/153] undated

Box 6

Vietnam Veterans Against the War Bay Area Chapter protest march Solano Ave. Albany, California / Pro-Maoist demonstration Jackson St. Chinatown San Francisco, California [MP-0108/161] undated

 

British films

Physical Description: Six 16mm films

Series Scope and Content Summary

Six British newsreels and short educational films.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by clip title or description.
Box 4

Achievement in the air / British Information Services [099] 1951

Box 4

An hour from London / British Information Services [100] circa 1940s

Box 3

G.I. war [073] undated

Box 3

Land of the hornbill / Malayan Film Unit [083] 1952

Box 4

Mrs. Macleod #3 / J.P.S. Productions Scotland [106] undated

Box 4

The War in China / Castle Films edited by Edward Castle [102] 1937

 

Chinese films

Physical Description: 4 films

Series Scope and Content Summary

Four Chinese short educational films.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by clip title or description.
Box shelf

A day in a Peking nursery school [155] undated

Box 2

Chinese factory [?][072] undated

Box 4

[Chinese film ?][095] undated

Box shelf

Raising deer in China [154] undated

 

Assorted films

Physical Description: 59 films

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 59 film reels containing unlabeled or unidentified footage. Titles have been transcribed from film canisters when possible.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by clip title or description.
Box 5

12a concert [MP-0088/125] circa 1960s

Box 2

"5 de Mayo de 1818 nace en treveris" [071] undated

Box 5

Africa [144] undated

Box 5

America's Call to Arms [124] undated

Box 4

At home and abroad [098] undated

Box 5

B [122] undated

Box 4

[Blank film?][111] undated

Box 5

[Bomb /unidentified][140] undated

Box 4

Cattle export Portugal undated

Box 4

Childcare: People's Liberation Newsreel #56 [MP-0076/096] 1971

Box 4

Color & sound [093] undated

Box 4

Communicados #1 (La agresión), #2 (La repuesta) [MP-0078/108] 1968

Box 3

D-Day [082] undated

Box 5

[Factory film?][117] undated

Box 4

Friends of the Earth (narration spanish) R. 1 [097] undated

Box 4

Friends of the Earth (narration spanish) R. 2 [109] undated

Box 5

Friends of the Earth [142] undated

Box 5

Has shot Westermoreland [115] undated

Box 5

Hispanic farmworkers harvesting onions [MP-0103] undated

Box 5

Historical cuts [145] undated

Box 1

"Isle of Youth" [002] undated

Box 4

"Isle of Youth" [110] undated

Box 4

KRON TV news broadcast [104] 2/8/1969

Box 3

[men carrying rifles][078] undated

Box 5

[mining film?][134] undated

Box 4

[Nature film?][105] undated

Box 5

no description [Crown Film Unit][2 reels][123] undated

Box 5

Oceanic energy [MP-0109] undated

Box 5

Out starve liberty [132] undated

Box 5

Panamanians burn US flag [131] undated

Box 5

[Plaque from Dwight Eisenhower to Shah of Iran, royal wedding][130] undated

Box 4

"Pollution" [107] undated

Box 3

[roll of undeveloped film - "sound & misc comm release"][076] undated

Box 3

[roll of undeveloped film - "ufaf - not avarian"][074] undated

Box 3

[roll of undeveloped film][075] undated

Box 3

[roll of undeveloped film][079] undated

Box 5

[Royal wedding?][143] undated

Box 5

San Juan Hill [139] undated

Box 5

Some won't go #2 [156] undated

Box 5

Tall ships - Modern steel [149] undated

Box 2

This Jet Age [068] undated

Box 4

To Wayne for all your help through our "Marvel" Days John and Suzi" [112] undated

Box 3

Tones at head A&M Records *Neville Brothers* "Sister Rosa" [084] 1989

Box 1

Undeveloped film undated

Box 5

Unidentified footage [MP-0091] undated

Box 5

Unidentified footage [MP-0095] undated

Box 3

Unidentified men seated at conference table [MP-0073/091] undated

Box 5

Unidentified Newsreel Films outtakes [MP-0097] undated

Box 5

Unidentified protest [MP-0090] undated

Box 5

Unidentified Vietnam War footage [?] [MP-0107/160] undated

Box 4

[unlabeled][103] undated

Box 5

Unlabled film [135] undated

Box 1

Vargas [MP-0096/018] circa 1960s

Box 5

[War footage dead soldiers][121] undated

Box 5

[Women sitting on bench][133] undated

Box 6

Los Siete de la Raza undated

Box 6

unknown audio undated

Box 6

unknown audio undated

Box 6

Francisco Bautista undated

Box 6

unknown film undated

Box 6

unknown film undated