Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington Mini-Biography. Youtube video shared by Biography.

Booker T. Washington "Up From Slavery" audiobook. Youtube video shared by Librivox.

"Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy" Youtube video shared by US National Archives.

National Archives Find out more about this film, featured in "The Unwritten Record," the National Archives blog of the Special Media Archives Services Division

This post was written by Criss Kovac. Criss is the supervisor of the Motion Picture Preservation Lab.

Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy was released in 1986 and may also have been incorporated into public programs at the Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy, Virginia.

These films are part of the Harpers Ferry collection from the National Park Service. NARA received the Harpers Ferry materials in the winter of 2012/2013. William Greaves’ films were discovered this winter by one of our Motion Picture Archivists identifying titles within the collection. The film was then delivered to the Motion Picture Preservation lab where the copies went through condition assessment, archival arrangement, and digitization.

NARA is home to other William Greaves films, including the USIA film Wealth of a Nation and NASA’s Space for Women. As part of that discovery we established a relationship with Mr. Greaves wife, Louise, who we’re fortunate to be in contact with and have been able to provide her with digital copies and material for her husband’s archive. You can learn more about William Greaves at