Document: dbr029 [view transcript]
Letter: Chicago, Illinois to William M. Smith, Macon, Georgia, 1927 Sept. 30
author: Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951
extent:  p.
date: September 30, 1927
summary: Letter from Oscar Micheaux, seminal African American film director, producer, and president of the Micheaux Film Corporation, to Smith (probably William M. Smith, manager of the Douglass Theatre) dated September 30, 1927, negotiating terms for film rental. The letter responds to Smith's counteroffer of seventy-five dollars to rent The Millionaire (see [dbr028] of the Douglass Theatre Web site). Micheaux rejects Smith's offer of seventy-five dollars for The Millionaire and says he is ordering the advertising paper sent to Smith at half-price. Micheaux asserts that the picture is worth more than they are charging and hopes that the matter is closed.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
Page:  [view image]
[Note: This document contains typewritten, handwritten, and printed text.]
[typewritten text: September 30, 1927
Receipt of yours of recent date, I acknowledge, and regret that I cannot accept your renewed offer of $75.00 for the "Millionaire."
I am, however, ordering the paper sent to you at approximately half-price, that is, about $12.00 less than the invoice, which is a split in the difference in what you offer and which we demand. I trust this will prove satisfactory and close the matter as we will not do any better on a picture of this kind which is worth a great deal more than we are accepting.
[Signed] MICHEAUX FILM CORPORATION]
[Signed] [written text: Oscar Micheaux]
[printed text:[Note: The following text appears upside-down, indicating that Micheaux used paper from Atlas Educational Film Company, rotated it 180 degrees, and stamped his own letterhead at the top.]
ATLAS EDUCATIONAL FILM CO. [COMPANY]]