- Shearer, Jacqueline
- Call number
- Sc MG 560
- Physical description
- 15 linear feet (15 record cartons)
- Preferred Citation
- Jackie Shearer papers : additions, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Restricted access.Restrictions apply
Jacqueline (Jackie) Sharer was an independent producer and director of documentary films about African Americans. Shearer was born in Boston and graduated from Brandeis University. Her films included "A Minor Altercation" (1978), and "The Keys to the Kingdom" and "The Promised Land" (1989), two segments of the Emmy Award-winning "Eyes on the Prize" (1991), a documentary series about the civil rights movement that aired on public television. She also produced "The Colored 54th Regiment" (1991) which also aired on public television. Her final project "Didn't Take Low," also known as "Addie and the Pink Carnations," was in development for 10 years, but did not reach final production due to limited funding resources and Shearer's death in 1993 due to colon cancer. The Jackie Shearer papers (Additions) consist of personal and professional papers that document her film projects. The personal papers include appointment books and greeting cards. The professional papers primarily consist of research materials and scripts (drafts and final editions) written by Shearer for "Didn't Take Low," which focused on the lives of domestic workers during the Great Depression. The other projects documented in the collection include "A Minor Altercation," "Incident Report," "Sophronia" and a civil rights film. Professional papers also include administrative records that relate to Shearer's company Reel Deal, Inc., principally contracts and subject files.
Source of acquisitiongift, Jackie Shearer Estate, February 2001 Gift, Shearer Estate, 02/--/1985
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801
Access to materialsRestricted access.
Boxes 5-15 are closed until processed.