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Edward C Mapp

August 17, 1929March 19, 2021
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Edward Charles Mapp was on born August 17, 1929 in Harlem, New York City, the son of Edward Cameron and Estelle Viola (Sampson) Mapp. Dr Mapp has spent his career as an honored educator, writer, and celebrated collector of Black film memorabilia. He received his B.A. from the City College of New York in 1953, his M.S. from Columbia University in 1956, and his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from New York University in 1970 and Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Martin's College & Seminary, 2009.

After working for the New York Public Library's Research Libraries Information Division and teaching in the Brooklyn public schools early in his career, Mapp has served as Dean of Faculty at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Vice Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, and Professor of Speech and Communication at the City University of New York, from which he retired in 1998.

Mapp's interest and research in Black film culture has led to the publication of numerous books and articles, including a regular column in Movie/TV Marketing, the Directory of Blacks in the Performing Arts (Scarecrow, 1990), A Separate Cinema: Fifty Years of Black Cast Posters with John Kisch (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992), and most recently African Americans and the Oscar (Scarecrow, 2003). Additionally, he was quite proud of his first Children’s Book "Wednesday at Weeksville", 2005.

Dr. Mapp has also amassed a personal collection of over 1,000 black cast film posters and other memorabilia, a portion of which toured the country through 2005 as "Close Up in Black: African American Film Posters," under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. His work in this area earned him induction into the Black Collectors Hall of Fame in 1992. The posters now remain on display at The Margaret Herrick Library at AMPAS in Beverly Hills, CA.

Between 1995 -1998 Dr Mapp gifted a significant portion of his collection to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum - the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. The collection spans the years 1921-2001 and consists of approximately 1200 posters and 0.5 linear foot of manuscript material. The posters span the years 1921-2001 and document African-American performers and directors in films intended for black audiences worldwide as well as mainstream Hollywood productions.

Dr. Mapp has received numerous honors throughout his career, including being appointed by the Mayor of New York City as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights in 1987, a position he held for seven years. Mapp also served on the National Conference on Christians and Jews Brooklyn Board from 1972 to 1982, the Advisory Committee of the National Project Center for Film and the Humanities from 1974 to 1975 and the United Nations Association of New York Board of Directors from 1975 to 1978. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc. (NYC public television station) since 2000, and was elected First Vice Chairman in 2003 and served as Chairman, 2005-2007. He was Co-Chair of THIRTEEN’S Legacy Society.

"The Good Doc" as he was fondly called by many - died peacefully on March 19, 2021 at home. He was 91 years old. He had an energetic and engaging personality, was full of stories to tell, life experiences to share and endless advice to give. He recently enjoyed a brief stint as a fashion model, he adored the arts and travel and was loved by many from all walks of life - always touching the lives of others fortunate enough to know him. He will be remembered not only for his professional accomplishments, but as a generous mentor, friend and colleague.

He is survived by his three children, Andrew, Everett, Elmer, his four grandchildren, Joseph, Edward, Liam, Basil and nephew Ronald Frank.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to THIRTEEN /WNET (PBS) at https://secure2.convio.net/wnet/site/Donation

Condolences can be left on Dr Mapp's online guest book at The Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held at Frank E. Campbell and interment will follow at The Woodlawn Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

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C. Ellen and C. Elaine Golding

April 9, 2021

In loving tribute to the passing of Dr. Edward C. Mapp, We, the Golding twins, Ellen and Elaine, mourn the great loss of our esteemed friend, Educational Leader and Bibliophile of Black Film, outstanding Author, Brilliant story teller, Benefactor of Students at our shared Alma Mater, CCNY, we have wonderful memories. We cherish celebrating Dr. Mapp’s August 17th Birthdays with Him at his favorite Upper Westside Restaurant in NYC, in recent years. His sense of humor was precious. His encyclopedic mind was legendary. We reminisced about being Harlem-born of Caribbean parents and his attending the same excellent STITT JHS 164 Manhattan years before we did, from which he attended the very Specialized Stuyvesant High School and we, the specialized Bronx HS of Science, its consistent rival among the Public High Schools of NYC. Dr. Mapp’s dedication and leadership in the Legacy Giving Program for WNET-TV for two decades will be remembered for all the years ahead. We enjoyed knowing his supportive nephew Ronald Frank and appreciate his devotion to our special friend. May our revered fellow, honored CCNY Alum, Rest in Eternal Peace beyond the Rainbow.🙏🏽🌈!! Many Blessings!! Ellen and Elaine Golding, Class A Directors on the CCNY Alumni Association Board, Program Committee CoChairs.

Betsy Ashton

March 27, 2021

What a wonderful person Ed Mapp was! I was blessed to know him in our joint service to WNET, Channel Thirteen. I served on the board of directors of the Friends of Thirteen with Ed and we were co-chairs of the station’s Legacy Society. Ed was a joy to work with and a delight to know. I am sorry to lose his company and service, but know that he has been welcomed to a better place. May God bless all of Ed’s dearest friends and family at this time of grief and always. - Betsy Ashton, seen here with another member of our public media family

Ann Lundquist

March 27, 2021

A wonderful celebration for a beautiful life lived. I am so grateful to have known Dr. Mapp on this earth and send blessings for his next adventure. With love and condolences to his family and friends.

Roberta Koza

March 27, 2021

Ed: elegant, eloquent, erudite.
One of a kind.
I shall miss you.
Roberta

David Clough

March 27, 2021

I was the staff person at WNET (Channel 13) who asked Dr. Mapp if he would be willing to be co-chair of our Legacy Society. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made! He graciously accepted and performed the role to perfection. At our annual luncheons his welcoming remarks were always the highlight of the event. His natural elegance, humor, and sincerity made him the ideal spokesperson for this group of people who had remembered WNET in their estate planning. He was so good at this that the national PBS organization created a series of planned giving spots that were used by stations around the country. A wonderful man who will be greatly missed.l

Mary Ann Hawthorne

March 26, 2021

Dr. Edward C. Mapp was such a fine gentlemen. I strongly feel that his life was more importantly a testament to the work he did and the number of people he influenced was a legion! I will always remember that if ever there was a life fully lived and filled with lasting achievements it was Edward C. Mapp! He will be missed.

Mary Ann Hawthorne

Byron Baker

March 26, 2021

I was honored to know Dr. Edward Mapp. He was a kind, thoughtful, witty and generous man. I miss him very much.

A professor and a scholar, Dr. Mapp was a tireless supporter of education -- "Education means almost everything to me," he once wrote -- and a fervent advocate for City College. A great believer in public television, he proudly served on the board of Friends of Thirteen.

But I knew him best as a lover of film. He accumulated a truly extraordinary collection of memorabilia from Black films, and was pleased to donate much of his holdings to the Motion Picture Academy, where it resides as The Edward Mapp Collection. But he loved almost all movies, and we spent many hours discussing a wide variety of films. We would talk and joke and reminisce about many decades of cinema. His memory was remarkable and sometimes encyclopedic. He told me what it was like to attend movies in Harlem, and how it felt to go downtown to the now long gone movie palaces like the Roxy, the Paramount and the Rivoli.

I am very slowly coming to grips with the idea that I will never again receive a cheery call from Dr. Mapp asking if I'd seen a certain movie, or whether I knew where he could get hold of a biography of Margaret Sullavan or a DVD of an obscure Fredi Washington movie.

I was lucky -- and proud -- to know Dr. Mapp. It was a privilege to be his friend.

Michael E. Sikoutris

March 26, 2021

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Dr. Mapp & having him be part of my life since my elementary school days & I’m 60 years of age now. He was a Man of Great Intelligence & Wisdom & at times very funny. I will miss our conversations which ranged from the simplest of things to world affairs. I was truly Blessed to have him be part of my life as were so many others. He fulfilled his remarkable journey here on earth & is resting in God’s Kingdom now with all the Greats. ✝️Until we meet again✝️

Anne Coco

March 25, 2021

Sometimes good fortune smiles upon you and it's only years later that you realize exactly how lucky you were that day when someone extra-special came into your life. In 1995, the Academy Library acquired Dr. Mapp's collection of movie posters documenting Black films and filmmakers. It's also when I made a great friend. There was nothing so delightful as seeing Ed's NYC, it was a world filled with history, movie reviews, laughter and a great meal at whatever his favorite restaurant was at the time. We are indebted to him for his work as a collector and historian but oh, how I'm going to miss his big, booming laugh. The photo below is from the reception we held in his honor in 1996. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Kim Baxter

March 25, 2021

In 1999, as a family, we made a visit to NYC, to celebrate our son Ian’s 18th birthday. We contacted a charity to help us explore NYC. You may know Ed loved U.K. and British people, very much, so he jumped at the chance to show us around. Well, there began a very special friendship... Ed visited London several times since our special meeting and we have enjoyed many very happy times together.
Our son Ian, returned to NYC, to visit and stay with Ed. I too returned and enjoyed times with Ed. Times we as a family will all treasure in our hearts.

Kim Baxter (Mrs)
London, England
00442036487039 - (Telephone Number)

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