Bean (Sandra) Home Movie Collection

Four women stand next to an automobile in a still from a home movie
Ernest Bean home movies, Sandra Bean Home Movie Collection, MS 160, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.
Dates: circa 1930s-1950s
Collection number: MS 160
Creator: Bean, Sandra.
Collection Size: 1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Guide to the Sandra Bean Home Movie Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

The Sandra Bean Home Movie Collection includes nine reels of 8mm and 16mm film documenting African Americans beginning in the late 1930s. The home movies include four b&w and four color films totaling 103 minutes and shows women gardening, children playing, sleeping car porters traveling across the country working for the Pullman Company, and families enjoying their leisure time dancing and fishing. A majority of the footage is thought to be taken by Ernest Bean, a sleeping car porter from the Bay Area, and documents the work of sleeping car porters working for the Pullman Company and middle class African Americans in the Bay Area during the 1930s-1940s.

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