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Pauline E. Brooks and Abye Family collection
CEMA 190  
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The Pauline E. Brooks and Abye Family collection consists of Clarence A. Brooks' personal collection of documents, photographs and ephemera relating to the Lincoln Motion Picture Company. The Lincoln Motion Picture Company is widely considered the first movie company founded by Black filmmakers, and they produced films starring Black actors that catered to a Black audience. Brooks was a distinguished actor, a co-founder (and Secretary) of the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, and a significant figure in the history of early 20th-Century Black Cinema. Dating from 1919 – 1939, this collection consists of films, personal letters, screen plays, scrapbooks, and photographs collected by Brooks.
"The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was an American film production company founded in 1916 by Noble and George Johnson. Noble Johnson was president of the company, the secretary was actor Clarence A. Brooks. Dr. James T. Smith was treasurer, and Dudley A. Brooks was assistant secretary. The company is known as the first producer of race movies. Established in Omaha, Nebraska, the company relocated to Los Angeles the following year. It remained in operation until 1923, closing shortly after announcing a final project, The Heart of a Negro.
5 Linear Feet (3 oversize-flat boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
The collection is open for research.