SOLOMON SIR JONES FILMS, 1924-1928

Solomon Sir Jones films, 1924-1928

  1. Churches, schools, and other locations in Clearview, OK; Muskogee, OK; Guthrie, OK; Langston, OK; and Bristow, OK.
    Film_1/Chapter_0
    film1
  1. Residences, workplaces, and recreational activities in Muskogee, OK; Bristow, OK; Sapulpa, OK; Tulsa, OK; Hugo, OK; and Holdenville, OK.
    Film_2/Chapter_0
    film2
  1. Churches, offices, a winter scene, a theater, and a residence in Indianapolis, IN, and Muskogee, OK.
    Film_3/Chapter_0
    film3
  1. Churches, residences, an undertaker, and unidentified locations mainly in Indianapolis, IN; Denison, TX; New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; and Memphis, TN.
    Film_4/Chapter_0
    film4
  1. Turkey Day, football game, symphony, hair salons and other locations in Okmulgee, OK; Muskogee, OK; near Little Rock, AR; St Louis, MO; and England, AK.
    Film_5/Chapter_0
    film5
  1. Schools, train scene, auto collision, stores, and boy prisoners in Muskogee, OK; Harlinville, OK; Depew, OK; and McAlister, OK.
    Film_6/Chapter_0
    film6
  1. Ships, ship travel, and royal locations in London and Liverpool, England; well-known and typical sights in Paris, Versailles, and Marseilles, France.
    Film_7/Chapter_0
    film7
  1. Schools, churches, market, and stockholder meeting in Memphis, TN; Duncan, OK; Okemah, OK; and Boley, OK.
    Film_8/Chapter_0
    film8
  1. Residences, churches, funeral march, school children in Muskogee, OK; Taft, OK; and Okmulgee, OK.
    Film_9/Chapter_0
    film9
  1. Ministers and various other people in Nashville, TN; Beaumont,TX;
    Film_10/Chapter_0
    film10
  1. Residences, offices, funeral homes, and Native Americans in Muskogee, OK.
    Film_11/Chapter_0
    film11
  1. Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and Galilee, Israel.
    Film_12/Chapter_0
    film12
  1. Well-known locations in New York City. Clergy and others in Chicago; Muskogee, OK; and Bristow, OK.
    Film_13/Chapter_0
    film13
  1. Various scenes in Switzerland, Italy, Egypt, and Israel.
    Film_14/Chapter_0
    film14
  1. Schools in Haskell, OK; Coweta, OK; Gibson Station, OK; Checotah, OK; and Boynton, OK.
    Film_15/Chapter_0
    film15
  1. Residences, clergy, and other locations in Clearview, OK; Okmulgee, OK; Muskogee, OK; Wetumka, OK; Okmulgee, OK; Wewoka, OK; Holdenville, OK; Shawnee, OK; Vernon, OK.
    Film_16/Chapter_0
    film16
  1. Boarding house, schools, spelling bee and other activities in Langston, OK; Chandler, OK; Muskogee, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; and adventure series.
    Film_17/Chapter_0
    film17
  1. Adventure series; churches, businesses and schools in Okmulgee, OK; Tulsa, OK; Muskogee, OK.
    Film_18/Chapter_0
    film18
  1. National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, MO; streets in Chicago, IL; backwaters in Madison, IA.
    Film_19/Chapter_0
    film19
  1. Schools, businesses and other locations in Kansas City, MO; Boley, OK; Tulsa, OK; Taft, OK; Muskogee, OK.
    Film_20/Chapter_0
    film20
  1. Residences markets, schools and other locations in Okmulgee, OK.
    Film_21/Chapter_0
    film21
  1. Stores, residences, churches and other locations in Muskogee, OK, and Tullahassee, OK
    Film_22/Chapter_0
    film22
  1. Stores, schools, churches and other locations in Wellston, OK; Okmulgee, OK; Sapulpa, OK; Drumright, OK; El Reno, OK; and Oklahoma City, OK.
    Film_23/Chapter_0
    film23
  1. Schools, residences, stores and other locations in Lawton, OK; Wetumka, OK; Muskogee, OK; Ardmore, OK; East Ardmore, OK; Cushing, OK; Lima, OK; St. Louis MO; and Eufaula OK.
    Film_24/Chapter_0
    film24
  1. Residences, tombs, and other locations in Eufaula, OK, and unidentified locations.
    Film_25/Chapter_0
    film25
  1. Juneteenth Celebration, farms, residences, football games and various people in Wybark, OK; Porter, OK; Muskogee, OK; Langston, OK; and Okay, OK.
    Film_26/Chapter_0
    film26
  1. Funerals and funeral homes, residence, fair, and Baptist convention at Okmulgee, OK: Tulsa, OK; Gibson Station, OK; and Muskogee, OK.
    Film_27/Chapter_0
    film27
  1. Baptists, cars and trucks on a train, footrace and other activities in Tulsa OK; Ransom, IN; Coweta, OK; Wybark, OK; and unidentified locations.
    Film_28/Chapter_0
    film28
  1. Baptist convention, funeral home, and assorted locations in Denver, CO; Tulsa, OK; Muskogee, OK; and unidentified locations.
    Film_29/Chapter_0
    film29

Solomon Sir Jones (1869-1936)

Solomon Sir Jones, Baptist minister, businessman, and amateur filmmaker. Jones was born in Tennessee to former slaves and grew up in the South before moving to Oklahoma in 1889. Jones became an influential Baptist minister, building and pastoring fifteen churches. He was head of the Boyd Faction of Negro Baptists in America and was a successful businessman.

Description of the Papers

The Solomon Sir Jones films consist of 29 silent black and white films documenting African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928. The films measure 12,800 feet (355 min). All films are B-wind positive prints, except one roll that contains approximately 150 feet of orange base B-wind positive.

Jones filmed Oklahoma residents in their homes; during their social, school and church activities; in the businesses they owned; and performing various jobs. The films document several Oklahoma communities, including Muskogee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Wewoka, Bristow and Taft. The films also document Jones's trips to Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, New York City, South Carolina, Colorado, and overseas to France, England, Palestine, Switzerland, Italy, Northern Africa, and Germany. Slates between scenes identify locations, dates, and subjects.

Jones frequently filmed at various locations by positioning himself outside a building while people exited the building in a line. This perspective provides footage of people as they walk by the camera, usually looking directly at it. Footage of churches includes congregants exiting the service and socializing outside; footage of schools often includes students playing outside or doing exercises; and footage of people at their home includes them outside on their porches or in their yards. Aside from church and scheduled school activities, people presumably exited at Jones's request for the purpose of being filmed by him.

Use the arrows that bracket the caption titles in the film viewer to scroll through 29 films. Start a film by clicking the caption title or the still image in the viewer. When a film begins to play, a “chapter list” consisting of Reverend Jones’s slate titles will appear to the right of the viewer. The list includes the time at which chapters begin. If you slide your cursor over the image a control panel appears which will allow you to advance the film to any chapter.

Cite as: Solomon Sir Jones Films. Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Call Number: WA MSS S-2636

Finding Aid: The finding aid for this collection is available in the Yale Finding Aid Database.

Catalog Record: A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog.


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