Women in Film & Television History: Meet Tressie Souders, Director, Producer, Screenwriter

By Mellini Kantayya

The story of Tressie Souders (Unknown – Unknown), or perhaps more accurately, the lack of details about Tressies Souders’ life and work exemplifies the need to research and rescue early film-works of women and women of color.

What led scholars to Souders’ film, A Woman’s Error (1922) was Henry T. Sampson’s book, Blacks in Black and White: A Source on Black Films. We do know that in 1922, Souders was named by the Black press as the first African-American woman director. Sampson also names her as A Woman’s Error’s screenwriter and producer.

Learn more about Tressie Souders on Columbia University’s Women Film Pioneers’ Project website and the book Blacks in Black and White: A Source on Black Films, by Henry T. Sampson.


Citation: Morgan, Kyna. “Tressie Souders.” In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   September 27, 2013.   <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/tressie-souders-2/&gt;



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