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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 02, 2018
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record edited by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2016 accretion  , November 2016

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Leyda, Jay, 1910-1988
Creator: Leyda, Si-lan Chen
Source - dnr: Leyda, Jay, 1910-1988
Title: Jay and Si-Lan Chen Leyda Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1913-1988
Dates [bulk]: 1930-1980
Abstract: Jay Leyda (1910-1988) was a leading film historian, filmmaker, photographer, archivist, translator, teacher, and noted Sergei Eisenstein, Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville scholar. Leyda studied directing with Sergei Eisenstein at the Moscow State Film School, became a correspondent for Theatre Arts Monthly and  New Theatre, and was an art critic for the  Moscow News. In 1936, Leyda was the assistant to Iris Barry, curator of the Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art, but resigned amidst allegations that he was a subversive agent. Leyda went to Hollywood in 1942 where he was a technical advisor on films on Russian subjects and began work on Herman Melville documents which led to a number of books on the subject. In 1973, Leyda became professor of Cinema Studies at NYU. He died in 1988. His wife, Si Lan Chen Leyda (1909- ), was a modern dancer who pioneered the use of Chinese dance elements. Si-Lan Chen was born in Trinidad and attended the Bolshoi Ballet School and Vera Maya's school in Moscow where she met and married Leyda. Throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s, she toured and worked in Hollywood as a choreographer and dance instructor, and occasionally appeared in films. The collection includes their biographical material, correspondence, writings, and material pertaining to their various pursuits.
Quantity: 17.5 Linear Feet in 33 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize flat box, and 2 folders
Language: Materials are principally in English, with some materials in Russian, Chinese, and various European languages.
Call Phrase: TAM.083
Sponsor: Processing was generously supported by the Estate of Jay Leyda (Elena Pinto Simon, Executrix).

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Historical/Biographical Note

Jay Leyda (1910-1988) was a leading film historian, best known for his work on Soviet cinema and director Sergei Eisenstein, and on Chinese cinema. He was also a film maker, photographer, archivist, translator, professor of cinema studies at New York University, and was also noted for his Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville scholarship. His wife, Si Lan Chen Leyda (1909- ) was a modern dancer who pioneered the use of Chinese dance elements.

Jay Leyda was born on February 12, 1910 in Detroit, Michigan, and was adopted and raised by his grandmother in Dayton, Ohio, after his mother's early divorce. In 1930 Jay moved to New York City to work for photographer Ralph Steiner. Leyda was published in Arts Weekly, exhibited at the Julien Levy gallery, worked for the Workers Film and Photo League, was a founding member of the Film Society and the Film Forum, and arranged music to be played during silent films. At this time he formed a liaison with the activist attorney Carol King and may have joined the Communist Party USA. In 1932 Leyda made his first film  A Bronx Morning, which led to his September 1933 acceptance to the Moscow State Film School, where he studied directing with Sergei Eisenstein. Leyda became a correspondent for  Theatre Arts Monthlyand  New Theatre, and using the pen name James Lincoln, was an art critic for the  Moscow News. In 1934 Leyda married Si Lan Chen, whose sister Yolanda worked as a camera operator for Mosfilms. In 1934-35 Leyda worked for Eisenstein as photographer and archivist during the making of  Bezhin Meadow.

In 1936 the Museum of Modern Art offered Leyda the position of Assistant Curator of Films, and he brought to New York a rare print of Potemkinand other films collected throughout Europe. Leyda expanded MOMA's film collection and wrote pamphlets on the history of film. A 1940 newspaper article alleged he was a subversive agent and his resignation was requested. In 1941 Eisenstein commissioned Leyda to translate and edit a group of essays which became  The Film Sense(1942). Leyda moved to Hollywood in 1942 where he was a technical advisor on films on Russian subjects, including  Mission to Moscow. At this time Leyda began his work on Herman Melville documents (planned as a birthday present for Eisenstein) which led to  The Melville Log: a documentary life of Herman Melville(1951), as well as the  Complete Stories of Melville(1949) and the  Portable Melville(1952). In 1943 he was drafted into the Army but was discharged shortly thereafter. A translation project begun at this time was  The Musorgsky Reader, a 1947 collaboration with Sergei Bertensson, with whom Leyda later co-authored  Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music, (1956). Highlights of Leyda's continuing work on Soviet cinema include  Film Form: Essays in Film Theory(1949), his 1954 study film from the negative of Eisenstein's unfinished  Que Viva Mexico, Kino, a History of the Russian and Soviet film(1960), and  Eisenstein at Work(1980).

In 1954 Leyda left Los Angeles and for the next twenty years traveled widely, living abroad much of the time with London as a home base. From 1959-1964, Leyda spent much of his time in Peking at the China Film Archive, resulting in Dianying (Electric Shadows): an Account of Films and the Film Audience in China(1972). From 1964-1969, Leyda spent much of his time working at the Staatliches Filmarchiv in East Berlin in the German Democratic Republic, and in 1964 he published his  Films Beget Films: a Study of the Compilation Film. Non-film undertakings included  The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson(1960), and the 1964 performance of the opera  Bartelby the Scrivener, for which Leyda wrote the libretto. In 1973, after brief teaching jobs at Yale and York Universities, Leyda became professor of Cinema Studies at NYU. He published  Voices of Film Experience: 1894-to the Present(1977), regularly visited the USSR and published several collections of Eisenstein materials, and continued to write, lecture, curate, and consult widely on film and other topics. Leyda died on February 15, 1988.

BIOGRAPHY: SI-LAN CHEN LEYDA

Si-Lan Chen was born in Trinidad and moved to London in 1912 where she studied dance at the Stedman Academy. In 1926 she joined her father, who had become secretary for Sun Yat-sen and Foreign Minister of the Canton government. In 1927, after Chiang Kai-shek took power, the family fled to Moscow. Chen enrolled in the Bolshoi Ballet School but disliked the discipline and switched to Vera Maya's school. She gave her first important recital in 1930 at the Moscow Conservatory. After adapting her style to reflect a proletarian ideology, she was proclaimed the first modern Soviet dancer. Throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s she toured the U.S., Mexico and the West Indies performing in benefits for China relief. In the mid-1940s Chen worked in Hollywood as a choreographer, dance instructor and occasionally appeared on film. Her career was complicated by her long struggle to obtain U.S. citizenship. Chen's biography, Footnote to History, was published in 1984.

JAY LEYDA: SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

I. Books by Leyda

  • 1951: The Melville log; a documentary life of Herman Melville, 1819-1891. New York: Harcourt, Brace.
  • 1956: Sergei Rachmaninoff, a lifetime in music, by Sergei Bertensson and Jay Leyda. New York: New York University Press.
  • 1960: Kino, a History of the Russian and Soviet film. New York: Macmillan.
  • 1960: The years and hours of Emily Dickinson. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • 1964: Films Beget Films: a Study of the Compilation Film. New York: Hill and Wang.
  • 1972: Dianying (Electric Shadows): an Account of Films and the Film audience in China. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • 1980: Eisenstein at Work. With Zina Voynow and the help of the Eisenstein Committee (Moscow). New York: Pantheon Books and the Museum of Modern Art, 1980.

II. Books edited and/or translated by Leyda

  • 1942: Sergei Eisenstein. The Film Sense. Edited & translated by Leyda. New York: Harcourt Brace.
  • 1947: The Musorgsky reader; a life of Modest Petrovich Musorgsky in letters and documents, edited and translated by Jay Leyda and Sergei Bertensson. New York: W. W. Norton.
  • 1949: Sergei Eisenstein. Film Form: Essays in Film Theory. Edited & translated by Leyda. New York : Harcourt Brace.
  • 1949: The complete stories of Herman Melville. New York: Random House
  • 1952: The portable Melville. New York: Viking Press.
  • 1964: Robert Flaherty. Edited by Leyda and Wolfgang Klaue. Berlin: Henschelverlag. Includes Leyda's essay, "Das Flaherty-Erbe," pp. 46-49.
  • 1968: Sergei Eisenstein. Film Essays, with a Lecture. Edited & translated by Leyda. London: Dennis Dobson. Includes Leyda's "The Published Writings (1922-1964) of Sergei Eisenstein, with notes on their English translations," pp. 188-215.
  • 1969: Vladimir Nizhny. Lessons with Eisenstein. Edited & translated by Leyda and Ivor Montagu. New York: Hill and Hang.
  • 1974: Sergei Eisenstein. Three Films. Edited by Leyda, translated by Diana Matias. New York: Harper & Row. Annotated scripts of Battleship Potemkin, October, and Alexander Nevsky.
  • 1977: Voices of Film Experience: 1894 to the Present. Edited by Leyda, research by Doug Tomlinson and John Hagan. New York: Macmillan.

Sources:

  • See also Jay Leyda: a life's work (1988), which includes a chronology and bibliography - a copy is in box one, in the first folder.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection primarily consists of the papers of Jay Leyda. The collection includes biographical materials on Leyda, his correspondence, and papers pertaining to his work in Chinese and Russian cinema, as well as his jobs as a curator and educator. To a lesser extent, the collection also contains the papers of Jay Leyda's wife, Si-Lan Chen Leyda, and photographs and graphic materials of the Leydas in their personal and professional lives.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series. Folders are generally arranged alphabetically.

Series I: Jay Leyda Papers
Subseries A. Biographical
Subseries B. Correspondence
Sub-subseries 1: Alphabetical
Sub-subseries 2: Chronological
Subseries C. Chinese Cinema
Subseries D. Soviet Cinema
Subseries E. Other Projects

Series II: Si-Lan Chen Leyda Papers
Subseries A. Biographical
Subseries B. Correspondence
Subseries C. Dance and Other Activities
Subseries D. Writings

Series III: Photographs and Graphic Materials

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981
  • Agee, James, 1909-1955
  • Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999
  • Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940
  • Buñuel, Luis, 1900-1983
  • Cartier-Bresson, Henri, 1908-2004
  • Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990
  • Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886
  • Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
  • Eisenstein, Sergei, 1898-1948
  • Leyda, Jay, 1910-1988

Document Type

  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Graphic arts
  • Government records
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Diaries
  • Correspondence.
  • Photographs.
  • Watercolors (paintings)
  • Typescripts
  • Manuscripts for publication.

Subject Organizations

  • Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Film Library

Subject Topics

  • Documentary films
  • Motion Pictures -- History
  • Motion Pictures -- Editing
  • Film historians
  • Documentary films -- History and criticism
  • Motion Pictures -- Soviet Union -- History
  • Motion Pictures -- China -- History
  • Communism and motion pictures -- China
  • Communism and motion pictures -- Soviet Union

Family Name(s)

  • Chen family
  • Leyda family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Jay and Si-Lan Chen Leyda was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Jay and Si-Lan Chen Leyda Papers; TAM 083; Box number; Folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Additional Jay Leyda papers can be found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Department of Special Collections at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Sponsor Note

Processing was generously supported by the Estate of Jay Leyda (Elena Pinto Simon, Executrix).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jay Leyda in 1980 and 1988. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1980.004 and 1980.007. Additional donations of photographic materials in the early 2000s.

An accretion of correpondence was donated in September 2016. The provenance of this material is unknown. The accession number associated with this gift is 2016.058.

Processing Information

Photographs and graphic materials separated from this collection during initial processing and from new accessions were established as a separate collection, the Jay and Si-Lan Chen Leyda Photographs (PHOTOS 006). In 2013, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Jay and Si-Lan Chen Leyda Papers (TAM 083). In 2016 an accretion of correspondence was accessioned and intellectually incorporated into the collection as part of Series I. Subseries B in accordance with prior arrangement and description decisions.

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Container List

Series I: Jay Leyda Papers

Scope and Content Note

This series includes biographical materials on Jay Leyda, his correspondence, and papers pertaining to his work in Chinese and Russian cinema, as well as his jobs as a curator and educator.

Subseries A: Biographical / Memorabilia

Scope and Content Note

Subseries A: Biographical/Memorabilia includes Leyda's early school records, writings, autobiographical notes and clippings, contracts, awards and documents, membership cards and credentials to the Film and Photo League and the Mosfilms studios. Note: Leyda's parent's marriage certificate, box 1, folder 11A, was repaired (conservation request# 11-205)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 0.1 Jay Leyda: A Life's Work (34 pp.) / Elena Pinto Simon and David Stirk

General

A biographical and bibliographical monography accompanying a 1988 exhibition at New York University's Photography Department Gallery, Tisch School of the Arts.

1988
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Labor Party - Alternate to Judicial District Convention
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Army experiences, discharge papers
1944
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Autobiographical clippings
1934-1965
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Autobiographical notes; 1933-70s
1933-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Boyer Galleries brochure - for Emma Lu Davis exhibit
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Drawings
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Early works - poems; c.1925-32
ca.1925-1932
Box: 1 Folder : 8 League for Mutual Aid - 20th Anniversary Dinner Program
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Membership cards: Film Forum, Workers' Film Photo League
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 9A Membership, identification cards; c.1960-c.70s
ca.1960-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Middlebury College Commencement Exercises Program - Leyda's honorary doctoral degree
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Parents' divorce decree
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 11A Parents' Marriage Certificate (Margaret Eleanor Leyda and John Jay Flynn).
Mar 7, 1909
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Participation in exhibition, galleries
1980
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Passenger list, SS American Merchant, London to New York
1936
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Passport issues
1955-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Problems of Portraiture (exhibition catalog - Leyda acknowledged p. 26)
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Resume, chronology, bibliography of Jay Leyda; c. 1970-86
ca.1970-1986
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Russian identification cards, other Russian documents
1934-1937
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Schoolwork
1926-1928
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Sunday school clippings etc.
1916-1920
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Theatre Library Association Award (for Eisenstein at Work)
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers - Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 22 University Film Study Center Newsletter
1971

Subseries B: Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Subseries B: Correspondence contains two sub-subseries: alphabetical and chronological. Leyda's earliest professional mentors Ralph Steiner and Julian Levy are included with his Dayton friends, dancer Josephine Schwarz and artist Jack Rau. Lincoln Kirstein is a lifelong correspondent of Leyda's along with his sister Mina Curtiss. Leyda's connection with the Museum of Modern Art began long before he was hired there, and is evidenced in his correspondence with Alfred Barr and members of the Rockefeller family. There is also a thick MOMA correspondence file. His early liaison with activist attorney Carol King brought him in contact with the likes of Joseph and Charmian Freeman, and his involvement in founding the Film and Photo League introduced him to Romana Javitz of the New York Public Library's circulating picture collection. Most of the era's literary and film world personalities corresponded with Jay at one time or another. Important and/or frequent correspondents include: James Agee, Walter Benjamin, Paul Bowles, Luis Bunuel, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Aaron Copeland, Joseph Cornell, Walker Evans, Helga Greene, Langston Hughes, Joris Ivens, Paul Jarrico, Elia Kazan, Carol King, Naum Kleiman, Fritz Lang, Joseph Losey, Albert Maltz, Ivor Montagu, Man Ray, Satyajit Ray, Abby Rockefeller, Muriel Rukeyser, Georges Sadoul, Gilbert Seldes, Marie Seton, Lee Strasberg, Thornton Wilder, and Edmund Wilson. Also included is Leyda's correspondence with his family, including his mother, Margaret Smith, grandmother Margaret Leyda, maternal aunts Mary and Josephine Leyda, and his half sister Jane Smith and her family.

Sub-subseries 1: Alphabetical

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Abbott, Bernice
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Adams, Ansel
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Adler, Stella
1934
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Agee, James
1941-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Agha, Dr. M. F. - Conde-Nast Publs., Inc.
1939
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Albera, Francois
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Alexeieff, Alexandre & Claire
1943-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Anderson, Emily
1961
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Andreykov, Todor - Bulgaria National Film Archive
1978-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Anikst, Dr. Alexander (USSR)
1962-1978
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Aranda, J. F.
1959-1967
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Arensberg, Walter
1944
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Aristarco, Guido
1978-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Arnheim, Rudolph
1971
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Aschaffenburg, Walter
1954-1959
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Aschaffenburg, Walter
1960-1965
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Aschaffenburg, Walter
1966-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Attasheva, Pera
1937-1965
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Auden, W. H.
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Averill, Sue - Re: Wu Tian Ming
1985
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Baldwin, James; c. 1960s
ca.1960-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Barna, Ion
1964-1966
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Barna, Ion
1967-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Barnour, Eric
1970-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Barr, Alfred & Marga
1928-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Bartos, Celeste
1977-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Baskin, Leonard & Esther
1957-1958
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Baxandall, Lee
1963-1967
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Bennet, William R. - Bio of Modeste Musorgsky
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Benjamin, Walter
1937
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Bernstein, David
1937-1938
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Bernstein, Sidney
1935-1956
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Bessie, Alvah
1944-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Bertensson, Serge (Will)
1945
Box: 2 Folder : 35 James Beveridge Associates
1978-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Biberman, Herbert
1962-1963
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Bill, Katharine; 1933?
ca.1933
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Binder, Pearl
1935-1938
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Bingham, Millicent
1956
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Black, Helen
1942-1969
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Bourke-White, Margaret
1932
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Boyajian, Aran & Boyajian-Starr, Cecile
1962-1982
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Bowles, Paul
1939-1945
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Bowser, Eileen
1964-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Brandon, Thomas J.
1959-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Brown, Richard
1943
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Brownlow, Kevin
1972-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Bunuel, Luis
1940-1966
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Burliuk, David
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Burstein, Joseph
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Callenbach, Ernest
1964-1980
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Capra, Frank
1943
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Cartier-Bresson, Henri
1938-1946
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Carynnyk, Marco
1970-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Caspary, Vera
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Catling, D.C.
1935
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Cavalcanti, A.
1958-1977
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Chiarini, Luigi
1949-1967
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Christie, Ian - British Film Institute
1987
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Clurman, Harold; c. 1934-44
ca.1934-1944
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Cohen, Bernard - "The First Explanation of Interference" (incsribed offprint)
1940
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Collins, Frances
1939-1983
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Copland, Aaron
1935-1948
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Cornell, Joseph
1935-1953
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Craig, G.
1935
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Cunard, Nancy; 1930s
1930-1939
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Curtiss, Mina
1950-1971
Box: 3 Folder : 27 DeAntonio, Emile
1968-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 28 Disney, Roy
1985
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Dudley, Jane; c.1940?
ca.1940
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Dykson, Ruth
1930-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Elton, Arthur & Margaret
1961-1966
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Evans, Ernestine; 1930s-67
ca.1930-1967
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Evans, Walker
1933-1973
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Flaherty, Frances & David
1965-1969
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Francis, David
1963
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Franklin, Leonard & Cole Publishers (A.M. Krich)
1946
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Freeman, Joseph & Lee Lowenfish
1932-1980
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Frida, Myrtil
1966-1967
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Frost, Ed
1984
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Geduld, Harry M.
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Glenny, Michael
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Goberman, Max
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Godfrey; [1957]
ca.1957
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Gordian Press
1967-1977
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Gray, Camilla
1964-1969
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Greene, Helga (Helga Greene Literary Agency)
1956-1966
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Greene, Helga (Helga Greene Literary Agency)
1967-1985
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Griffith, Richard
1958-1969
Box: 4 Folder : 10 George, George
1944-1984
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Gregor, Ulrich
1966-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Grieg, Nordahl
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Grierson, John
1940-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Hackett, Blanche
1977-1985
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Hammond, John; [1945]
ca.1945
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Harcourt, Brace & Co. Publishers
1942-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Harvard Press
1958-1986
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Heartfield, John & Gertrude
1965-1969
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Heym, Stefan
1969
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Hill, Steven
1965-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Hoffman, Irving
1940
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Hallis, Ron
1984
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Hoskins, Marvin; [1975]
ca.1975
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Houghton, Norris
1962-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Howard, Leon
1964-1968
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Howard, Sidney (Film Forum)
1933
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Hubley, John
1975-1977
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Hudyma, J. P.
1946
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Hughes, Langston
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 30 Isaacs, Edith (Theatre Arts Monthly)
1933-1946
Box: 4 Folder : 31 Isherwood, Christopher
1966
Box: 4 Folder : 32 Ivens, Joris & Helen van Dongen-Ivens
1931-1983
Box: 4 Folder : 33 Iwasaki, Akira
1970-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 34 Jacobs, Lewis
1967-1979
Box: 4 Folder : 35 Jaffe, David
1975-1983
Box: 4 Folder : 36 Jarrico, Paul & Sylvia
1947-1986
Box: 4 Folder : 37 Javitz, Romana
1933-1978
Box: 4 Folder : 38 Jensen, Karl ; 1930-[35]
1930-1935
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Kamin, Martin
1939-1949
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Karaganor, Alexander & Bella
1969-1976
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Kazan, Elia
1966-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 2 King, Carol; 1930s-42
ca.1930-1942
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Kirstein, Lincoln
1933-1971
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Klane, Herbert Volkman Wolfgang; 1964-[74]
1964-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Kleiman, Naum & Bella Epstein
1942-1979
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Klein, Jerome
1935
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Kleiner, Arthur
1966-1979
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Knepler, Georg & Florence; c.1969-85
ca.1969-1985
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Knight, Arthur
1947-1958
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Koch, Howard & Anna
1944-1986
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Kozintzev, Grigori & Valentina
1969-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Kracauer, Siegfried
1941-1965
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Kuleshov, Vladimirovich Lev & Alexandra Sergeyvna
1965-1966
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Landler, Ed
1970-1985
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Lang, Fritz
1970-1976
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Langlois, Henri
1956-1965
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Lavy, Nikita
1978-1985
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Lary , Nicky & Diana
1979-1986
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Lavrova, Nadia
1939
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Lawder, Standish D.
1964-1971
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Lawrence, Jacob
1941-1975
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Lawson, John Howard
1937-1977
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Leab, Daniel J. & Kathy
1964-1980
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Leacock, Richard
1941
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Le Chamois, Jean-Paul (Dreyfus)
1946-1966
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Ledoux, Jacques
1959-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 27 Legg, Stuart
1964
Box: 5 Folder : 28 Leiser, Erwin
1964-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 29 Lerner, Irving
1933-1978
Box: 5 Folder : 30 Levin, Harry
1942-1970
Box: 5 Folder : 31 Levy, Julien-Jean
1933-1979
Box: 5 Folder : 32 Leyda, J.M. (mother)
1930-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 33 Leyda, Mary Ann
1944-1977
Box: 5 Folder : 34 Lippincott (Breit, Harvey)
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 35 Lomax, Alan
1968-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 36 Losey, Joseph
1934-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 37 Losey, Mary
1941
Box: 5 Folder : 38 Lowery, Margaret
1957-1962
Box: 5 Folder : 39 Lowry, Malcolm
1950-1951
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Luddy, Thomas - Pacific Film Archive
1973-1978
Box: 6 Folder : 2 MacGreen, Bob
1945-1950
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Maddow, Ben
1972-1979
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Maddow, Ben
1980-1988
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Maddow, Freda & Emily
1956-1970
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Malthete - Melies, Madeleine
1963
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Maltz, Albert; c. 1930-72
ca.1930-1972
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Marker, Chris
1969
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Marshall, Herbert
1969-1986
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Martin, M.
1983-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 11 "Masses & Mainstream"
1948
Box: 6 Folder : 12 McCorkle, Tom
1971-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Mekas, Jonas - Anthology Film Archives
1961-1980
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Merritt, Russell
1978
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Metzner, Erno & Grace
1937-1965
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Meyers, Sidney & Edna
1940-1974
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Micciche, Lino
1980
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Michelson, Annette
1973-1984
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Milano, Paolo; c. 1938-49
ca.1938-1949
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Miller, Trudy & Nick Doob
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Mills, Truman
1932-1939
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Montagu, Ivor
1935-1985
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Murray, Harry A.
1977-1979
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
1935-1983
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Myrdal, Jan
1968
Box: 6 Folder : 26 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
1979
Box: 6 Folder : 27 Napoli, Nicholas
1943-1959
Box: 6 Folder : 28 Neuman, J.B - New Art Circle
1925-1960
Box: 6 Folder : 29 Newhall, Beaumont
1940-1971
Box: 6 Folder : 30 Newhall, Nancy
1942
Box: 7 Folder : 1 New Theatre Magazine (Herbert Kline & Leo Hurwitz)
1934-1937
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Ning, Ma
1983-1984
Box: 7 Folder : 3 O'Konor, Louise
1966-1969
Box: 7 Folder : 4 O'Leary, Liam
1965-1985
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Olson, Charles
1942-1952
Box: 7 Folder : 6 O'Neill, James E.
1934-1979
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Oppenheim, David
1985-1986
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Opler, Charlotte Fox
1966
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Panofsky, Erwin
1936
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Parker, Hershel
1968-1982
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Payne, Robert
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Pearson, Norman Holmes
1957-1968
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Perretta, Vanda
1967
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Perry, Ted
1972-1987
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Pershing, Margaret Jane
1961-1963
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Piscator, Erwin
1965
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Platt, David
1987
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Powdermaker, Hortense
1947-1948
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Prentice [Prentiss?]
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Princeton University Press
1944-1945
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Rau, Jack
1930-1977
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Ray, Man
1936
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Ray, Satyajit
1968-1972
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Reece, Jean
1934
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Renoir, Jean
1969
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Richie, Donald
1965
Box: 7 Folder : 27 Richter, Hans
1943-1980
Box: 7 Folder : 28 Robinson, Lee
1977-1980
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Rockefeller, Abby
1933-1939
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Rodakiewicz, Henwar
1940-1970
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Rosenheimer Jr., Arthur; c. 1940s-62
ca.1940-1962
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Rotha, Paul
1935-1964
Box: 7 Folder : 33 Rowe, L. S.
1940
Box: 7 Folder : 34 Rukeyser, Muriel
1937-1970
Box: 7 Folder : 35 Ruttenberg, Joseph
1986
Box: 7 Folder : 36 Sadoul, Georges
1942-1979
Box: 7 Folder : 37 Sano, Seki
1939
Box: 7 Folder : 38 Schmidt, Paul
1983
Box: 7 Folder : 39 Schwarz, Josephine
1930-1988
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Seagull Books
1983-1986
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Sealts, Merton
1986-1988
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Sekeroglu, Sami
1967
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Seldes, Gilbert; late 1930s - 1940s
ca.1930-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Sembene, Ousmane; c. 1977
ca.1977
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Sen, Mrinal
1975
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Seton, Marie; 1940s-1978
1940-1978
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Sewall, Richard
1959-1984
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Sewanee Review
1948-1950
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Shrub, Esther
1960-1969
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Siegmaster, Elie
1944
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Sitney, P. Adams
1978
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Smith, Margaret
1930-1966
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Smith, Robert
1939-1940
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Smyth, James
1930-1976
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Sontag, Susan
1969-1972
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Soviet Embassy
1943
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Soviet Russia Today
1938-1939
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Speaker, David M.
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Stieg, William; 1941?
ca.1941
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Steiner, Ralph
1934-1941
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Strand, Paul
1948-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Strasberg, Lee
1934-1942
Box: 8 Folder : 24 Strick, Joseph
1965-1976
Box: 8 Folder : 25 Thompson, Virgil
1983-1985
Box: 8 Folder : 26 Thorndike, Andrew & Annelie
1964-1979
Box: 8 Folder : 27 Topolski, Felix
1966-1968
Box: 8 Folder : 28 Trachtenberg, Alan
1985-1987
Box: 8 Folder : 29 Trauberg, Leonid
1978-1981
Box: 8 Folder : 30 Tretyakova, Olga
1965
Box: 8 Folder : 31 Tuchman, Mitch
1971
Box: 8 Folder : 32 Van Druten, John
1927-1937
Box: 8 Folder : 33 VanDyke, Willard
1984-1986
Box: 8 Folder : 34 Viazzi, Glauco
1954-1955
Box: 8 Folder : 35 Vidal, Gore
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 36 Viertel, Salka
1954-1978
Box: 8 Folder : 37 Viking Press
1958
Box: 8 Folder : 38 Vincent, Howard P
1964
Box: 8 Folder : 39 Ward, Theodora
1957-1970
Box: 8 Folder : 40 Weinberg, Herman & Annie
1948-1983
Box: 8 Folder : 41 Weiss, Peter
1961
Box: 8 Folder : 42 Welch, Norval
1978-1979
Box: 8 Folder : 43 Whiting, F. A.
1938-1941
Box: 8 Folder : 44 Wilder, Thornton & Isabel
1959-1974
Box: 8 Folder : 45 Willett, John (The Times Literary Supplement)
1969
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Williams, Carlton - re: 'Thoughts at Nighttime' by Louis M. Eilshemius
1982
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Williams, Jane
1966-1985
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Wilson, Edmund
1959
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Wittenburg
1940
Box: 9 Folder : 5 World Film News
1936
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Wyler, William
1943
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Yale University Press - Art History
1968-1979
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Yale University Press
1957-1970
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Yang, Gladys
1965-1974
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Yeh, Marcelia
1963-1980
Box: 9 Folder : 11 York University
1972-1978
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Young, Kathleen Tankersley
1930-1932
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Young, Vernon
1958-1966
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Zanussi, Krzysztof
1960-1961

Sub-subseries 2: Chronological

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Chronological Correspondence
1930-1933
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Chronological Correspondence
1934-1936
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Chronological Correspondence
1937-1938
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Chronological Correspondence
1939
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Chronological Correspondence; c.1940s-50s
ca.1940-1959
Box: 9 Folder : 20 Chronological Correspondence
1940
Box: 9 Folder : 21 Chronological Correspondence
1941
Box: 9 Folder : 22 Chronological Correspondence
1942
Box: 9 Folder : 23 Chronological Correspondence
1943
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Chronological Correspondence
1944
Box: 9 Folder : 25 Chronological Correspondence
1945
Box: 9 Folder : 26 Chronological Correspondence
1946
Box: 9 Folder : 27 Chronological Correspondence
1947
Box: 9 Folder : 28 Chronological Correspondence
1948
Box: 9 Folder : 29 Chronological Correspondence
1949
Box: 9 Folder : 30 Chronological Correspondence; c. 1950s
ca.1950-1959
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Chronological Correspondence
1950
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Chronological Correspondence
1951
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Chronological Correspondence
1952
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Chronological Correspondence
1953
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Chronological Correspondence
1954
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Chronological Correspondence
1955
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Chronological Correspondence
1956
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Chronological Correspondence
1957
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Chronological Correspondence
1958
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Chronological Correspondence
1959
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Chronological Correspondence; c. 1960s
ca.1960-1969
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Chronological Correspondence
1960
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Chronological Correspondence
1961
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Chronological Correspondence
1962
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Chronological Correspondence
1963
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Chronological Correspondence
1964
Box: 10 Folder : 17 Chronological Correspondence
1965
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Chronological Correspondence
1966
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Chronological Correspondence
1967
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Chronological Correspondence
1968
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Chronological Correspondence
1969
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Chronological Correspondence; c. 1970s
ca.1970-1979
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Chronological Correspondence, Jan - July
1970
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Chronological Correspondence, Aug - Dec
1970
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Chronological Correspondence
1971
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Chronological Correspondence, Jan - May
1972
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Chronological Correspondence, Jun - Sep
1972
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Chronological Correspondence, Oct - Dec
1972
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Chronological Correspondence, Jan - Jun
1973
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Chronological Correspondence, July - Dec
1973
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Chronological Correspondence
1974
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Chronological Correspondence
1975
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Chronological Correspondence - Holiday Correspondence
1975-1979
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Chronological Correspondence
1976
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Chronological Correspondence
1977
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Chronological Correspondence
1978
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Chronological Correspondence
1979
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Chronological Correspondence
1980
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Chronological Correspondence
1981
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Chronological Correspondence
1982
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Chronological Correspondence, Jan - Sep
1983
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Chronological Correspondence, Oct - Dec
1983
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Chronological Correspondence
1984
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Chronological Correspondence Christmas cards
1985-1988
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Chronological Correspondence
1986
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Chronological Correspondence
1987
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Undated Correspondence
undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Unidentified & Undated Correspondence
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 14 2016 Accretion: Correspondence and Memorial Ephemera
1983-1988

Subseries C: Cinema, Chinese

Scope and Content Note

Subseries C: Chinese Cinema contains Leyda's clippings, correspondence, film scripts and research notes, and a typescript of his book Dianying; an account of films and the film audience in China (1972).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Article on Chinese film by Jay Leyda and others
1960-1963
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Chinese cinema - research notes
undated
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Chinese cinema - research notes; 1960s
ca.1960-1969
Box: 16 Folder : 2 "Dianying" book cover & blurbs
1970
Box: 16 Folder : 3 "Dianying" Chinese film scripts
1975
Box: 16 Folder : 4 "Dianying" correspondence; 1950s - 70s
ca.1950-1979
Box: 16 Folder : 5 "Dianying" editorial & research notes
undated
Box: 16 Folder : 6 "Dianying" editorial & research notes; 1950s -60s
ca.1950-1969
Box: 17 Folder : 1 "Dianying" editorial & research notes
1968-1970
Box: 17 Folder : 2 "Dianying" editorial & research notes
1970
Box: 17 Folder : 3 "Dianying" editorial & research notes
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 4 "Dianying" introduction
1975
Box: 17 Folder : 5 "Dianying" typescript 1
1963-1973
Box: 17 Folder : 6 "Dianying" typescript 2
1963-1973
Box: 17 Folder : 7 "Dianying" photographs by Jay Leyda
undated
Box: 17 Folder : 8 "Dianying" proposal
undated
Box: 17 Folder : 9 "Dianying" research clippings; c. 1965
ca.1965
Box: 17 Folder : 16 "Dianying" reviews
1972-1973
Box: 18 Folder : 1 "Dianying" unidentified typescript fragment
1978
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Film Script "Actress" (by Chen Lee aka Jay Leyda)
1961
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Film Scripts by cinema writers
1975
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Notes & correspondence in Chinese
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 5 "Publishers Weekly" publishers' mission to China & related materials in Chinese
1979

Subseries D: Cinema, Soviet

Scope and Content Note

Subseries D: Soviet Cinema contains writings, related research notes and clippings, reviews, and some correspondence documenting Leyda's lifelong interest in Soviet cinema and the work of his mentor and sometime collaborator, Sergei Eisenstein. Some are in Russian. There are articles written under the pseudonym James Lincoln for the Moscow News, 1932-36, other articles on Soviet cinema and on Sergei Eisenstein, and letters to Eisenstein. For The Film Sense there are reviews and correspondence. For Kino, there are partial typescripts, reviews, and research notes. There is an unpublished book-length typescript "Letters from Russia" consisting of a selection of letters spanning several centuries. Also included are the research and lecture notes for his reconstruction of Eisenstein's Que Viva Mexico. Shorter Leyda writings include book introductions and reviews, film festival and exhibition catalogs, including an early MOMA film festival, and an editing proposal for Potemkin.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Articles by James Lincoln (aka Jay Leyda)
1932-1936
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Articles on Russian Film by Jay Leyda (published and unpublished); c. 1934 - c.80
ca.1934-1980
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Dovzhenko, Alexander Patrick - Biography
1939
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Eisenstein: articles on
1972-1978
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Eisenstein: Award for "Alexander Nevski" (typescript by Jay Leyda)
1938
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Eisenstein, letters to
1933-1935
Box: 18 Folder : 12 "Eisenstein at Work" (book proposal)
1981
Box: 18 Folder : 13 Eisenstein - Biography: introduction to "Life of Eisenstein" by Ion Barna
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 14 Eisenstein chronology
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 15 Eisenstein: "Lessons with Eisenstein" book reviews (transl. by Igor Montagu & Jay Leyda)
1962
Box: 18 Folder : 16 Eisenstein material in Russian
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 17 Eisenstein newspaper clippings
1936-1978
Box: 18 Folder : 18 Eisenstein notes (by Leyda?)
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 19 Eisenstein notes & drafts; c.1930s - 68
ca.1930-1968
Box: 18 Folder : 20 "Eisenstein, Sergei: The Complete Retrospective of the Museum of Fine Arts," Boston, lecture & notes by Jay Leyda
1977
Box: 18 Folder : 21 Eisenstein, Sergei: "Programme for Teaching the Theory and Practice of Film Direction" - 42 pp.
1937
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Film script "Mission to Moscow" - Jay Leyda revisions to
1942-1943
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Film proposal "Girl from Moscow"
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 3 "Film Sense" book reviews
1942
Box: 19 Folder : 4 "Film Sense" correspondence
1942
Box: 19 Folder : 5 "Film Sense" dust cover
1942
Box: 19 Folder : 6 "Film Sense" mailing list
1942
Box: 19 Folder : 7 History of Russian film (notes)
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 8 "Ivan the Terrible" Part I notes by Jay Leyda
1944-1945
Box: 19 Folder : 9 "Kino" another introduction
1971
Box: 19 Folder : 10 "Kino" book reviews; 1960?
1960?
Box: 19 Folder : 11 "Kino" dust covers
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 12 "Kino" editorial notes; c.1962
ca.1962
Box: 19 Folder : 13 "Kino in the Modern World" by Karagonova in Russian
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 14 "Kino" notes; 1930s-40s
1930-1940
Box: 19 Folder : 15 "Kino" notes, drafts
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 16 "Kino" Postscript for Hungarian edition
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 17 "Kino" preparatory articles by Jay Leyda (Hollywood Quarterly)
1946
Box: 19 Folder : 18 "Kino" reference notes in Russian
1931-1942
Box: 19 Folder : 19 "Kino" revisions
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 20 "Komsomol Truth" (B. Meadow, Michael Rosenfeld)
1935
Box: 19 Folder : 21 Kozintsev, Grigory "A Child of the Revolution" (article); c. 1951
ca.1951
Box: 19 Folder : 22 Kuleshov, Lev "Our First Experiences" (article)
1934
Box: 20 Folder : 1 "Letters from Russia" typescript by Jay Leyda 1
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 2 "Letters from Russia" typescript by Jay Leyda 2
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 3 "Letters from Russia" typescript by Jay Leyda 3
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 4 "Letters from Russia" typescript by Jay Leyda 4
1946
Box: 20 Folder : 5 "Letters from Russia" notes & correspondence
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Meyerhold, Vsevolod (articles on and by V. Meyerhold)
1949
Box: 20 Folder : 7 "Mission to Moscow" correspondence
1942
Box: 20 Folder : 8 MOMA: Film series
1939
Box: 20 Folder : 9 MOS film work agreement
1935
Box: 20 Folder : 10 Moscow Film Festival (typescripts by Jay Leyda)
1965-1970
Box: 20 Folder : 11 "Moscow/Warsaw Film Archives" - a report
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 12 "New Soviet Movies" New Theatre Soviet Issue (compiled by Jay Leyda)
1935
Box: 21 Folder : 1 New York Herald Tribune: "The Study of Russia in the United States"
1944
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Notes on Russian Cinema; 1960s
1960s
Box: 21 Folder : 3 "Potemkin" actor Alexandrov Gregori V. (in Russian)
undated
Box: 21 Folder : 4 "Potemkin" editing proposal
1942
Box: 21 Folder : 5 "Potemkin" score - Arthur Klein
1967-1970
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Program: 60 Years of Soviet cinema (in Russian)
1979
Box: 21 Folder : 7 "Que Viva Mexico" complete synopsis Experimental Cinema 5
1934
Box: 21 Folder : 8 "Que Viva Mexico" fragments
undated
Box: 21 Folder : 9 "Que Viva Mexico" reviews
1957-1967
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Russian film seminar (notes)
undated
Box: 32 "Russian Music" (Sheet Music/Scores)
circa 1930
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Shub, Esther
undated
Box: 21 Folder : 12 "Some People of Modern America" by Jack Chen - Moscow (review of Leyda's photo exibit of the same title) & exhibition program in Russian
1934
Box: 21 Folder : 13 Soviet film clippings, Brandon Film Studio Catalog; 1960s
1960
Box: 21 Folder : 14 Soviet film clippings in Russian; 1930-70s
1930-1970
Box: 21 Folder : 15 "Soviet Scientific and Educational Cinematography" (USSR Society for Cultural Relations With Foreign Countries)
1949
Box: 21 Folder : 16 "Soviet Silent Cinema Retrospective Pacific Film Archive", Oct 1- Dec 13
1973
Box: 21 Folder : 17 "State Institute of Cinematographie" - curriculum; c. 1933-36
ca.1933-1936
Box: 21 Folder : 18 UNRA: "In the Wake of the Armies"
1945
Box: 21 Folder : 19 "USSSR Association of Film Makers" Conference in Moscow
1973
Box: 21 Folder : 20 Waldekranz, Rune "The Influence of Soviet Cinema in Sweden"; 1970s
1970

Subseries E: Other Projects

Scope and Content Note

Subseries E: Other Projects principally documents the balance of Leyda's cinema career as educator, curator, and author, and contains several film scripts, lectures and articles, research notes and clippings, reviews, and some correspondence, including that with the Guggenheim Foundation, 1931-42, regarding his fellowship application. The file on A Bronx Morning contains a partial list of film shots. There are Leyda scripts for unproduced movies, including World Unity (1940s) and Conquistador (1943). The file on Bartelby the Scrivener includes scripts, and there is also some correspondence and publications relating to Leyda's work on Melville and Dickinson. There are several files which contain "Germinations," i.e., various project proposals, and several typescripts by novelist and poet Ben Maddow.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 21 "A Bronx Morning" (Leyda's first film)
1931-1979
Box: 21 Folder : 22 African-Americans in American Film (film list)
1945-1973
Box: 21 Folder : 23 "American Night" WWII Projects (typescripts)
undated
Box: 21 Folder : 24 Armstrong Gallery; 1970s?
ca.1970-1979
Box: 21 Folder : 25 "Bartleby" Opera by Jay Leyda (drafts and scripts)
1954-1964
Box: 21 Folder : 26 "Bartleby" Opera by Jay Leyda (progam and reviews)
1964
Box: 21 Folder : 27 "Bartleby" Opera by Jay Leyda (notes and typescripts); c. 1960s
ca.1960-1969
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Chaplin, Charlie (Newspaper clippings, script by Charlie Chaplin)
1931-1964
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Children's books: examples of modern Russian art; c. 1930s
ca.1930
Box: 22 Folder : 3 "Compilation Film" research notes 1 ; 1960s - 70s
1960-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 4 "Compilation Film" research notes 2; 1960s - 70s
1960-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Conference "American-Russian Cultural Exchange" (UCLA Westwood)
1945
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Conference "Emily Dickinson Sequicentenniel Conference & Concert"
1980
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Conference "Film and Photo League"
1934
Box: 22 Folder : 8 Conference "On the Use of Audiovisual Archives as Original Source Materials"
1972
Box: 22 Folder : 9 Conference "US in the World"
1976
Box: 22 Folder : 10 Conference "Writers Congress" (CLA Westwood)
1943
Box: 22 Folder : 11 Conferences, talks - Leyda as a speaker (programs)
1933-1978
Box: 22 Folder : 12 Dickinson, Emily: published material by Jay Leyda
1955-1957
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Dickinson, Emily: reference material, drafts, correspondence
1952-1987
Box: 22 Folder : 14 Dickinson, Emily: reviews
1960
Box: 22 Folder : 15 "Dictionary of Politics and Film" (Projects); c. 1972
ca.1972
Box: 22 Folder : 16 "Direction": Jay Leyda advisory editor for film (5 issues)
1939-1942
Box: 22 Folder : 17 Exhibition "Art of the American Negro"
1940
Box: 22 Folder : 18 Exhibition "Before Hollywood" (curated by Leyda)
1983-1986
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Film, African (notes, newspaper clippings)
undated
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Film, Czech (notes, review)
undated
Box: 23 Folder : 3 "Film begets Film" (newspaper clippings)
1964-1967
Box: 23 Folder : 4 "Film begets Film" (notes, German edition)
1967
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Film Correspondence
1939-1940
Box: 23 Folder : 6 "Film Center Gazette"
1978-1979
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Film, general reference material 1; 1960s - 70s
1960s -19 70s
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Film, general reference material 2; 1960s-70s
1960s-1970s
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Film, German (leaflets, programs)
1955-1982
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Film, Japanese (notes, articles, lists)
1969-1973
Box: 23 Folder : 11 "Film Music Series": tentative programs
undated
Box: 23 Folder : 12 Films - leaflets, programs etc.; 1970s
1970s
Box: 23 Folder : 13 "Film Quarterly" (notes, drafts, correspondence)
undated
Box: 23 Folder : 14 "Film Quarterly" (notes, drafts, correspondence)
1933-1945
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Film script "Animation - An Art for the Future?" (John Hubley)
1974
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Film script "Automatic Gain Control"
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Film script "Conquistador" (Jay Leyda & Anne Green)
1943
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Film script "Erzahlungen aus der Neuen Welt" (DEFA)
1968
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Film script: Film on Russian-American Friendship (Jay Leyda)
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Film script: Melville Film
1978-1979
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Film script "Rhoda"
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Film script "The Green Island"
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Film script "World Unity" (Jay Leyda); 1940s
1940-1949
Box: 24 Folder : 10 Films found and to be found, mostly Dutch (notes)
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 11 Germany: State Film Archives, GDR (correspondence, work agreement)
1964-1965
Box: 24 Folder : 12 Griffith, D.W.
1936-1975
Box: 24 Folder : 13 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - fellowship application
1931-1942
Box: 24 Folder : 14 Guild Theatre (program themes)
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 15 "Heroes" A Farce by Jay Leyda & Leo T. Hurwitz
1951
Box: 24 Folder : 16 Hollywood lectures on film
1945-1946
Box: 24 Folder : 17 International Film Seminars Minutes; 11-May-79
1979
Box: 24 Folder : 18 Kafka, Franz (Clippings, photos, notes)
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 19 Lecture & class notes
1969-1981
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Maddow, Ben "A Sunday Between Wars" (typescript)
1984
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Maddow, Ben "Psalm of Twelve Fridays" (typescript)
undated
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Maddow, Ben (seasonal greetings/writings)
undated
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Maddow, Ben "The Glass Poet" (typescript)
undated
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Melville articles by Jay Leyda
1948-1985
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Melville correspondence
1967-1986
Box: 25 Folder : 7 "Melville Log" dust cover, book reviews
1951
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Melville (reference material)
1949-1985
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Metcalf, Paul: series of readings
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Meyer, Carl "A Tribute to Carl Meyer (1894-1944)" pamphlet
1947
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Meyers, Sidney "Vision is my Dwelling Place" by Jay Leyda
1969
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Mills, Constance Quinby "A String of Pearls" (poems)
1963
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Miscellaneous ("Germinations") project proposals, notes 1
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Miscellaneous ("Germinations") project proposals, notes 2
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Miscellaneous typescripts by various authors; 1970s - 80s
ca.1970-1989
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Miscellaneous notes by Jay Leyda
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Miscellaneous writings by Jay Leyda
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Miscellaneous writings by Jay Leyda
1930-1979
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Mussorgsky (correspondence, articles by Jay Leyda); 1940s
1940-1949
Box: 27 Folder : 2 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures; c. 1933
ca.1933
Box: 27 Folder : 3 New School: course on film making
1938-1939
Box: 27 Folder : 4 New York University: courses, flyers, newspaper clippings
1974-1982
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Photography: Leyda as photographer
1932-1935
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Project proposal for study in Japan
undated
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Proposal to Col. Frank Capra; 1942?
ca.1942
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Rachmaninoff: "Sergey Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music" book reviews
1966
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Realist Film News (Australian newsletter)
1956
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Script Magazine: Clippings on Stage and Screen by A. Jopfin (Leyda aka?)
1947
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Swigmore, Douglas: "Selections from the Lone Pine Book of Modern Verse"; c. 1973
ca.1973
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Strohheim, Erich von ; c. 1973
ca.1973
Box: 27 Folder : 13 "Voices of Film Experience" proposal, reviews
1974-1977
Box: 27 Folder : 14 "Voices of Film Experience" book proposal, contract; c. 1973-78
ca.1973-1978
Box: 27 Folder : 15 Weinberg, Herman G. "The Man with the Movie Camera"
1966
Box: 27 Folder : 16 Yale University (faculty list)
1970
Box: 27 Folder : 17 York University courses on film of Asia & Africa
1972

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Series II: Si-Lan Chen Leyda Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Si-Lan Chen Leyda papers document her dancing career and personal activities. The small biographical subseries contains her FBI file, and documents related to her travels. Si-Lan Chen's correspondence is principally with her family and Jay Leyda. There is also correspondence with Pearl S. Buck and Langston Hughes, and a file relating to immigration issues. Her dance career is documented by programs, flyers, dance notations and drawings, a scrapbook, and radio interview transcripts. Her writings include the typescript of her autobiography, Footnote to History (1984), a diary, autobiographical notebooks, and unpublished writings.

Subseries A: Biographical

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 1 FBI-file and correspondence
1944-1979
Box: 28 Folder : 2 FBI-file
1952-1971
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Passports - British, Chinese
1932-1943
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Soviet Union documents
1931-1935
Box: 28 Folder : 5 United States documents
1942

Subseries B: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Correspondence (envelopes); 1930s-40s
ca.1930-1949
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Correspondence (general)
1929-1986
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Buck, Pearl S.
1942
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Chen, Carmen
1945
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Chen, Eugene
1929-1944
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Chen family misc.
1931-1938
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Chen, Jack
1931-1985
Box: 28 Folder : 13 Chen, Jay
1982-1984
Box: 28 Folder : 14 Chen, Yolanda
1929-1941
Box: 28 Folder : 15 Chen, Yolanda
1942-1946
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Chen, Yolanda
1947-1983
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Chen, Yuan Tsung
1971-1987
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Ewen, Kay (Kathleen); 1980s
1980-1989
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Hughes, Langston
1933-1946
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Immigration issues
1926-1978
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Leyda, Jay
undated
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Leyda, Jay
1933-1935
Box: 29 Folder : 8 Leyda, Jay
1936-1940
Box: 29 Folder : 9 Leyda, Jay
1941-1944
Box: 29 Folder : 10 Leyda, Jay
1946-1973
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Pilgrim, Philip
1941-1942
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Rene, Natalie
1929-1950

Subseries C: Dance and Other Activities

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Chinese dance and drama
1970
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Dance notes, notation
undated
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Programs, flyers, tickets; 1930s
1930-1939
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Programs, flyers, tickets; 1940s
1940-1949
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Radio interview transcripts
1938-1948
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Reviews, press comments; 1930s-40s
1930-1949
Box: 30 Folder : 9 Scrap book (newspaper clippings)
1932-1939

Subseries D: Writings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Address and note books
undated
Box: 30 Folder : 11 Articles by Si Lan Chen
1941-1982
Box: 30 Folder : 12 Chen, Jack: Articles and writings
1938-1950
Box: 30 Folder : 13 Chen, Jack: Drawings
1933-1936
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Diary
1942
Box: 31 Folder : 2 "Footnote to history" (correspondence)
1942
Box: 31 Folder : 3 "Footnote to history" (typescript) 1
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 4 "Footnote to history" (typescript) 2
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 5 "Footnote to history" (typescript) 3
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 6 "Footnote to history" (typescript) 4
undated
Box: 32 Printed Sheet Music and Handwritten Scores
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 7 "The road to Peking: an idea for a Hope-Crosby-Lamour film" (typescript); 1943 [?]
ca.1943
Box: 31 Folder : 8 "The summer of my life" (autobiographical notebook) Vol. 1
1936
Box: 31 Folder : 9 "The summer of my life" (autobiographical notebook) Vol. 2
1936
Box: 31 Folder : 10 "The summer of my life" (autobiographical notebook) Vol. 3
1941
Box: 31 Folder : 11 Unpublished writings
undated

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Series III: Photographs and Graphics

Scope and Content Note

The photographs and graphic materials series provides documentation of several stages in the lives of Jay Leyda and Si-Lan Chen. It is particularly strong in childhood and family snapshots of each including a small photograph album from each family. There are portraits and snapshots of the pair in the 1930s when they first met. Other highlights in the collection are a series of photoprints by Jack Chen, Si-Lan's brother, taken in China, probably during the mid-40's; an article with photographs in the War Worker (May 1944, Los Angeles) about Si-Lan Chen's dancing; photoprints of the 1964 "Bartelby" production at Oberlin (Leyda wrote the libretto for Aschaffenburg's opera); studio performance and movie production shots of Si-Lan; a snapshot of Luis Bunuel and his sister, Conchita in 1969 at a cottage near Madrid; and a group of graphics and photoprints collected for "Dianyang."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Art Photographs (Photographed by Jay Leyda)
1929-circa 1930
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Art Photographs (Taken by Jay Leyda)
1929-1930
Box: 33 Folder : 2 "Bartelby" Production Photographs
1964
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Ben Maddow Photographs and Poem "A Wedding Hymn"
undated
Box: 33 Folder : 4 Copies of Art Works
undated
Box: 33 Folder : 5 "Dianying"
circa 1968-1972
Box: 33 Folder : 6 Dickinson Family Silhouettes
1955, undated
Box: 33 Folder : 7 "Footnote to History" Photographs, Negatives, and Graphics
circa 1930s-1960s, undated
Box: 33 Folder : 8 Jack Chen Photographs
undated
Box: 33 Folder : 9 Jane Reece Portraits of Jay Leyda
circa 1928
Box: 33 Folder : 10 Jay Leyda Portraits and School Pictures
undated, 1934, 1960
Box: 33 Folder : 11 Jay Leyda at Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Award Luncheon
1984
Box: 33 Folder : 12 Kafka's Grave and Luis Bunuel
1969
Box: 33 Folder : 13 "Liberation News Service" Cover
December 4, 1971
Box: 33 Folder : 14 Med Hondo (Meg Xohgo?) Negatives and Transparencies
1984
Box: 33 Folder : 15 Moscow Art Theatre Negatives
undated
Box: 33 Folder : 16 New York Scenes
1850s-1860s
Box: 33 Folder : 17 Personal: Family and Friends
1920s-1940s, 1960s, undated
Box: 33 Folder : 18 "Photos 1928-1947"
1928-1947
Box: 33 Folder : 19 Photo Album
undated
Box: 33 Folder : 20 Photo Album
undated
Box: 33 Folder : 21 Photo Album, Moscow (includes note by Jack Chen)
May 1928
Box: 34 Folder : 13 Pin and Ribbon
1960
Box: 34 Folder : 1 "Russian Painting 1700-1917" by Jack Chen
1948
Box: 34 Folder : 2 Si-Lan Chen Miscellaneous
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 3 Si-Lan Chen Movie Production Stills
circa 1946
Box: 34 Folder : 4 Si-Lan Chen Portraits
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 5-7 Si-Lan Chen Studio Performance Shots
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 8 Stamps
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 9 "Stills for Russian Film?"
circa 1920s
Box: 34 Folder : 10 Unidentified Woman
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 11 Watercolors and Drawings: Loose Items
undated
Box: 34 Folder : 12 Watercolors and Drawings: Notebooks
undated
Box: OS 001 "The War Worker" (Featuring Article on Si-Lan Chen)
1944
Box: OS 001 Si-Lan Chen: Portrait, Posters (in Spanish), and Group Photograph
undated

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