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Collection Title: Blank (Donald) Documentary Film Collection

Accession Number: AM 2000-58

Inclusive Dates: 1999

Volume: 1 cu.ft.

Given By : Donated by Donald Blank.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Twenty-one video tapes containing raw footage used in production of Donald Blank's documentary fillm Standing Tall (1999) about the working conditions of African Americans employed in catfish factories in the Mississippi Delta, who successfully organized themselves and joined a national union. Includes Blank's handwritten notebook.


Accession Number: AM01-116

Dates: 2001

Volume: 1 video cassette

Given By : Donald Blank

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Video cassette containing a documentary film titled "How to Become Sheriff When Born Poor and Black in Segregated Mississippi."


Accession Number: AM02-8

Dates: January 2002

Volume: 1 video cassette

Given By : Donald Blank

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

A video cassette of an interview with Nathan and Julia Jones of Port Gibson, Mississippi. The interview was conducted by Donald Blank in January, 2002. Mr. & Mrs. Jones were active in the NAACP, and managed a business called "Our Mart" until its closing in 2000. The interview recounts the Jones' experiences, as African Americans, growing up, living, and working in Mississippi.


Accession Number: AM02-16

Dates: 2002

Volume: 2 video tapes

Given By : Donald Blank

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

1. Part II of a video taped interview with Nathan and Julia Jones of Port Gibson, Mississippi, regarding their involvement in the NAACP after World War II.

2. Video taped interviews with Rev. Eddie Walls and Rev. James Dorsey, the first two presidents of the Claiborne County, Mississippi, chapter of the NAACP, during the 1960s.


Accession Number: AM02-27

Dates: 2001 - 2002

Volume: 1 video cassette

Given By: Donald Blank

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

One video cassette featuring the re-edited final version of How to Become Sheriff...When Born Poor & Black in Segregated Mississippi. The seventy-two minute film was made by Donald Blank, and features profiles of Sheriff Frank Davis, Claiborne County, MS; and Sheriff Fred Johnson, Pike County, MS. Sequences filmed in churches include gospel music.


Accession Number: AM08-23

Dates: 1999 - 2002

Volume: 1.5 cubic feet

Given By: Donald Blank

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Original tapes containing raw footage used in production of Donald Blank's documentary films: Standing Tall and How to Become Sheriff When Born Poor & Black in Segregated Mississippi . The footage is related to Port Gibson civil rights history, interviews with Mississippi black sheriffs in 2000, and a Martin Luther King Day celebration with the Alcorn State Choir. This accession contains 32 VHS tapes, 555 Sony DV-Cam tapes, 28 Fujifilm Hi-8 tapes, and 1 Betacam DUB of ?Message to Mississippi."


Accession Number: AM09-13                   

Given By: Donald Blank

Date of Receipt: August 18, 2009

Extent: 1 DVD

Inclusive Dates: 2009

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

DVD copy of 30-minute documentary film: Basketball is My Heart


Accession Number: AM10-45                               

Given By: Donald Blank via US Postal Service  

Date of Receipt: April 19, 2010           

Extent: 2 VHS Tapes 

Inclusive Dates: circa 2009       

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Two VHS tapes:

Label 1:           homes – Indianola flags* scenery, Coach’s church interview – Charles Williams, laundry
                        2/12 Gentry Beats Clarksdale
                        2/13 bus ride Gentry vs. ?
                        2/13 Gentry beats Lafayette
                        Last loss Itawamba, scenery
                        2009 Basketball is My Heart outtakes
                        Donald Blank

Label 2:           2009
                        End Kokhanok
                        Players intvs Gentry HHS
                        Practice
                        Serita, Veronica
                        Jerica, Brittany
                        #1 Crawford
                        Donald Blank

            Basketball is My Heart outtakes


Accession Number: AM10-118                             

Given By: Donald Blank via US Postal Service  

Date of Receipt: July 22, 2010

Extent: 1 letter

Inclusive Dates: circa 1964       

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Photocopy of letter given to Donald Blank by a friend. It is said to be written in 1964 from a Mother in Mississippi to her Son in college in California.


Accession Number:  AM14-26                               

Given By:  Donald Blank 

Date of Receipt:  March 21, 2014          

Extent:  1 cubic foot    

Inclusive Dates:  Unknown       

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

1.         Three DVDs

  • How to Become Sheriff When Born Poor & Black in Segregated Mississippi (additional copy)
  • Standing Tall (additional copy)
  • MISSeducation (new)

2.         One DVCAM with two short documentaries

  • MS Roads
  • Folk Artists

3.         Five BETACAM SP BCT30MA (unfinished fishing documentary)

  • Mississippi 9a handgrabbing
  • MS 9b handgrabbing
  • MS 9c 10a
  • MS 10b
  • MS 11a

4.         Six BETACAM SP M321SP (unfinished fishing documentary)

  • Mississippi #1
  • Mississippi #2
  • Mississippi #3, 4
  • Mississippi 4, 5, 6
  • Mississippi 7, 8
  • M8


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