Ed Friend Visual Materials, Series III: FilmsEd Friend Visual Materials, Series III: Films

Ed Friend Visual Materials, Series III: Films

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ed Friend Visual Materials, Series III: Films
Creator Friend, Edwin Hugo (Ed), Sr.
Dates 1950-1978
Extent 4.0 moving images
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractEd Friend was a photographer and wildlife conservation officer who was very active in politics in Georgia in the mid-twentieth century. This collection includes Friend's Highlander Folk School film and Wildlife, a film shot for the the Georgia Forestry Commission, as well as a copy of Stan Hannan's film, Rhodesia Unafraid.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Ed Friend Visual Materials, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information note

Original and transfer media formats for this collection include 16mm film, VHS videocassettes, betacam videocassettes, DVDs, and digital video files.


Conditions Governing Access note

Reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request and are dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair Use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Biographical Note

Edwin Hugo Friend, Sr., was born on October 1, 1912 in Fincastle, Virginia. He graduated from Tech High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and later attended Georgia State College. In the early 1940s, Friend served with the Army Air Corps 342nd Bomber Squadron. While in service, he discovered his photographic skills and applied them toward the war effort. Upon his return to the states, Friend worked for the Georgia State Game and Fish Commission as a conservation officer. During his travels in this position, he developed a fascination for wildlife photography. Friend also became very involved in Georgia politics. During the administrations of Governors Herman Talmadge, Ernest Vandiver and Carl Sanders, he served as their official photographer. As a result of an automobile accident in 1962, he retired from his state job. Later in retirement, he traveled extensively and proudly proclaimed that he had visited every country in the world. He died on September 6, 1991.

Scope and Content

This collection includes two films shot by Ed Friend: the 1957 Highlander Folk School film and Wildlife, a film Friend created for the Georgia Forestry Commission in 1958. This collection also includes Rhodesia Unafraid, a 1978 propaganda film produced by Rhodesian Army Chaplains Corp officer Stan Hannan.

Organization and Arrangement

The audiovisual material is arranged by format.

Related Collections in this Repository

Ed Friend Visual Materials

Stan Hannan Rhodesia Unafraid Collection

Access Points

Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990
Civil rights--United States.
Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Georgia. Forestry Commission--Officials and employees.
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.).
Horton, Myles, 1905-1990.
Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation.
Rhodesia, Southern. Army--Chaplains.
United States--Race relations.
Zimbabwe--History--Chimurenga War, 1966-1980.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

Highlander Folk School films, 1957 ( 2.0 moving images )
The Highlander Folk School footage was shot by Ed Friend in 1957 at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the Highlander Folk School, an adult education center in Monteagle, TN, that promoted social and economic justice. Friend was dispatched to Monteagle by Roy V. Harris, a powerful Georgia politician who was deeply invested in Jim Crow and segregation, who viewed the event as an unexpected opportunity for his Georgia Commission on Education, a publicly funded anti-integration agency. Learning of the event, and its participants, he dispatched photographer Ed Friend to gather evidence that Communists directed the Civil Rights movement. Friend, posing as a vacationing freelance photographer, was given free rein by Highland founder Myles Horton to take all the pictures he liked.
This silent film documents integrated social activities during the Highlander Folk School twenty-fifth anniversary celebration weekend, including dining, swimming, and dancing, and features shots of prominent civil rights and labor activists such as Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The film is in two parts; the first part, shot in color, shows civil rights leaders and others entering and exiting the library and an interracial group swimming in a pond. The second part consists of about twenty black-and-white still photos taken by Friend during the weekend celebration; many of the pictures in the film correspond to pictures in the broadside published by the Georgia Commission on Education.
Highlander Folk School film, Part 1, 1957 1.0 moving image 10 minutes VIEW ONLINE
Highlander Folk School, Part 2 (still images film), 1957 1.0 moving image 2 minutes VIEW ONLINE
"Integrated in All Respects": Ed Friend's Highlander Folk School Films and the Politics of Segregation, Digital Library of Georgia online exhibit, 1957 VIEW ONLINE
Wildlife, 1958 VIEW ONLINE
Wildlife is a nature film shot and edited by Ed Friend for the Georgia Forestry Commission in 1958. The narrated film depicts animal and nature scenes with the aim of promoting wildlife conservation.
Rhodesia Unafraid, 1978
Rhodesia Unafraid was produced in 1978 by Stan Hannan, an officer in the Rhodesian Army Chaplains Corp. After Hannan's A Chaplain's Story was shown on Rhodesian television in 1976, the Rhodesian Army asked him to produce a follow-up, in color, that could be shown internationally to help garner support for the Rhodesian government’s cause in the Rhodesian Bush War (also known as the Zimbabwe War of Liberation or the Second Chimurenga). The resulting twenty-minute film, “Rhodesia Unafraid” was the result of a larger propaganda effort known as Operation Springboard.