Russell Williams II Oral History Interview

Created by
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003
Recorded by
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American
Interview of
Williams, Russell II, American, born 1952
Interviewed by
Burnside, Timothy Anne, American
August 8, 2016
Duration (2016.129.13.1a): 148 minutes
Duration (2016.129.13.2a): 147.6 minutes
The oral history consists of 2016.129.13.1a and 2016.129.13.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
228.30216 GB
Russell Williams was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Mr. Williams donated a collection of artifacts and photographs representing his pioneering Hollywood career, including both of his Academy Awards, his two Emmy Awards, and audio equipment he used to record dialogue on the set of various films to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history Russell Williams discusses his childhood in Washington, DC and his journey to becoming a successful Hollywood sound engineer. He talks about the challenges that face African Americans in the film industry. He also gives vivid descriptions of what it was like to work on the sets of "Glory" and "Dances with Wolves".
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Hollywood (Film)
Local and regional
Mass media
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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