Freedom Day Film Project elements

Descriptive Summary

Freedom Day Film Project elements
Kartemquin Films
1.5 Linear feet

Acknowledgements and Access

This collection was part of the BMRC Survey Initiative, 2009-2011. For current information about the collection and its status, please contact Kartemquin Films at

Historical note

The Freedom Day footage is from an unfinished film project produced by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner, and others when they were students at the University of Chicago and before they formed Kartemquin Films. The original footage was shot in Chicago on October 22, 1963, during a one-day school boycott and march on the headquarters of the Chicago Board of Education in protest of superintendent Benjamin J. Willis and his policies regarding the integration of Chicago Public Schools. In 2009, additional footage of Chicago political activists who took part in the boycott was shot by Gordon Quinn in hopes of finishing the project.

Scope and Contents note

The Freedom Day Film Project Elements include 16mm film, audio elements, video and digital video transfers of film, and original digital videotape.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 May 9 by Andrew Steadham.

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