Announcing the Annual William Miles Essay Contest

18 Feb

William Miles

This prize honors the life and work of filmmaker William Miles, who chronicled the achievements of African Americans in documentaries such as I Remember Harlem and Men of Bronze.  The Washington University Film and Media Archive houses the William Miles Collection.  In partnership with the Program in African & African-American Studies, the archive will award an undergraduate prize of $500 to an outstanding essay, or other serious research project, that makes significant use of rare or unique materials from the archive.

The Film and Media Archive is a treasure trove of 20th-century African-American history and culture, and of American history and culture more broadly.  Areas represented in the archive include: the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Depression, Great Society programs, 20th-century African-American culture and arts, African Americans in the military, African Americans in science, Pro-democracy movements in Africa (Benin, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa), and many other topics related to 20th-century American history and culture.

Eligibility Requirements and Other Information:

  • Essays must be at least 8 pages. Other types of serious research projects are also eligible for the prize (e.g., a documentary film or a multimedia website).
  • Essays and projects must make significant use of rare or unique materials in the Film and Media Archive.
  • Entries are welcome from any academic discipline.
  • All entrants must take a tour of the archive and have a consultation with the archive staff by March 1, 2010.  To schedule your tour and consultation, please contact Alison Carrick at alison.carrick@wustl.edu
  • Entries are due April 1, 2010.

For more information about the Film and Media Archive, please visit http://www.library.wustl.edu/units/spec/filmandmedia/

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