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Pressbooks

Pressbooks were publications issued by film studios for the purposes of marketing their films. Pressbooks vary greatly in content and length. Low budget or B movies typically had small brochures while larger film productions may have included detailed script, cast, and crew information as well as multiple types of advertising. Pressbooks may contain synopses of the film, cast and crew listings, illustrations of posters or advertisements, film reviews, and promotional plans or exploitation campaigns. Frequently, information about ordering souvenirs and product tie-ins was included.

Prior to the 1980s and national mass marketing, the pressbook was an essential marketing tool. In that era, most film marketing was done by local newspapers and theatre owners who may have needed inspiration for their efforts. Pressbooks were one of the mediums by which film studios communicated with theatres in order to market their productions. Because theatre owners typically cut out the ads and other materials from the pressbooks in order to publicize the movie, most pressbooks were cut, used, and thrown away. Pressbooks are scarce in general and rare in uncut condition. The Black Film Center/Archive's pressbooks are uncut, with the exception of Burn! (1970), One More Time (1970), and Scream Blacula Scream (1973).

No material may be reproduced without the consent of the copyright holder and BFC/A director.

General Collection

Title Year Box Folder
…tick…tick…tick… 1970 1 1
Across 110th Street 1972 1 2
Amazing Grace 1974 1 3
Angel Levine, The 1970 1 4
Black Eye 1974 1 31
Black Girl 1972 2 1
Black Klansman, The 1966 1 5
Black Moses of Soul, The: Isaac Hayes 1973 1 6
Brothers 1977 2 18
Car Wash 1977 2 19
Charley-One-Eye 1973 1 7
Cleopatra Jones 1973 1 34
Cool Breeze 1972 2 16
Cornbread, Earl and Me 1975 2 2
Five on the Blackhand Side 1973 1 8
For Love of Ivy 1975 2 3
Free, White and 21 1963 1 32
Friday Foster 1975 2 20
Gordon's War 1973 2 21
Great White Hope, The 1970 2 4
Hammer 1972 1 9
Hit! 1973 1 10
Hit Man 1972 2 5
I Crossed the Color Line 1966 1 11
J.D.'s Revenge 1976 2 15
Leadbelly 1976 1 12
Learning Tree, The 1969 1 13
Lost Man, The 1969 2 6
Malcolm X 1972 1 14
Man, The 1972 1 30
Man Called Adam, A 1966 1 15
Man Friday 1975 1 16
Maurie 1973 1 33
Melinda 1972 2 7
Monkey Hu$tle 1976 2 8
Norman…Is That You? 1976 1 17
One Potato, Two Potato 1965 1 18
Poder Negro, El 1975 2 24
Raisin in the Sun, A 1961 3 1
Sergeant Rutledge 1960 1 20
Shaft's Big Score 1974 2 14
Slams, The 1973 2 9
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off 1973 2 22
Slaves 1969 1 21
Slender Thread, The 1965 1 22
Song of the South 1972 1 23
Soul Soldier 1970 1 24
Sounder Part 2 1976 1 25
Sugar Hill 1974 2 10
Sweet Jesus Preacher Man 1973 2 11
They Call Me Mister Tibbs! 1970 1 26
Three Tough Guys 1973 1 19
Together Brothers 1973 2 23
Top of the Heap 1972 1 27
Toy, The 1982 2 17
Trick Baby 1972 2 12
Warm December, A 1973 1 28
Wilby Conspiracy, The 1975 1 29
Willie Dynamite 1973 2 13


African Americans Contribution to Film Collection

Title Year Box Folder
Ace High 1968 6 5
Apocalypse Now 1979 6 6
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me 1971 6 7
Carmen Jones 1954 11 1
Convicts 4 1962 6 8
Death of a Gunfighter 1969 6 9
Jackie Robinson Story, The 1950 6 10
Make Believe Ballroom 1949 6 11
Miracle in Harlem 1948 6 12
Mister Buddwing 1966 6 13
Pawnbroker, The 1964 6 14
Soul to Soul 1971 6 15
Take a Hard Ride 1975 6 16
This Rebel Breed 1960 6 17
Truck Turner 1974 6 18
Zou Zou 1934 11 2


Hatch-Billops Collection

Title Year Box
Born to Win (ad mat only) 1971 1
Brothers (just lists cast and crew) 1977 2
Burn! 1970 1
Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 1
Defiant Ones, The (ad mat only) 1958 1
Home of the Brave 1949 1
Kenner 1969 1
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The 1970 1
Maurie 1973 1
One More Time 1970 1
Spook Who Sat by the Door, The 1973 1
Super Fly 1972 1
Super Fly T.N.T. 1973 1


Williams Collection

Title Year Box Folder
Legend of Nigger Charley, The 1972
Scream Blacula Scream 1973