The Black Film Center/Archive and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive are excited to bring Shani Miller to Indiana University. Miller will be discussing materials from the Haynes Foundation funded Golden State Mutual (GSM) Audiovisual Digitization and Access Project at the UCLA Library for which she was project coordinator. The GSM Life Insurance Company was founded in Los Angeles in response to discriminatory practices that restricted the ability of Black residents to purchase insurance. Over its nearly 85 years of business, GSM was committed to self-documentation, building a rich collection of photographs, sound recordings, and moving images.
Miller has worked at various cultural heritage institutions in Los Angeles, including the Autry Museum’s Braun Research Library, the Academy Film Archive, and the Southern California Library for Social Science and Research. She holds an M.A. in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA, and Communication Studies from California State University, where her research examines user-generated content, the media, and electoral politics.