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Straight Ahead Pictures

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Straight Ahead Pictures Collection

1877-2007
20 boxes, films, books 33.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 851

Established by Laurie Block and John Crowley in 1989, Straight Ahead Pictures is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing innovative multimedia presentations about topics in American history and culture. Working in film, video, radio, and print, Straight Ahead Pictures has often focused on the cultural history of the body, and especially the meaning of fitness, disability, health, and related concepts. They are the sponsor of the Disability History Museum, a virtual resource containing primary documents, educational materials, and exhibits.

The film and video that comprises the bulk of the Straight Ahead Pictures collection was collected, used, and produced by the company in its productions. The collection also contains several linear feet of research materials, publications, and ephemera including newsletters and publications from disability rights organizations, historical ephemera, and magazines centered on the concepts of fitness and health.

Gift of Laurie Block

Subjects

Biological fitnessDisabilitiesDocumentary filmsPeople with disabilities--Civil rights

Contributors

Block, Laurie

Types of material

Motion pictures (visual works)Video recordings (physical artifacts)