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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Jay Leyda
RLIN number: NXCP88-A119
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Family and artistic background, Dayton, Ohio; assistant to Ralph Steimer, New York, N.Y., 1930; photographs in ARTS WEEKLY, 1930-31; Moscow correspondent, THEATRE ARTS MONTHLY, 1934-36; student and apprentice director under Sergei Eisenstein, editor for Eisenstein's essays and studies; assistant curator, department of film, Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y., 1936-40: film-acquiring trips abroad, development of Soviet film collection; cameraman, Workers Film and Photo League; film editor, Frontier Films, 1937: NATIVE LAND, MISSION TO MOSCOW, others; translator, THE FILM SENSE, 1941; editor, THE MOUSSORGSKY READER, 1947, books on Herman Melville, THE YEARS AND HOURS OF EMILY DICKINSON, 1960; catalogued Chinese Film Archive, Peking, 1959_64; work at Staatliches Filmarchiv in Berlin, Germany, 1964-69; professor of Cinema Studies, New York University, from 1974; history of film; reminiscences of many filmmakers and others in the industry.
Extent: Transcript: 289 leaves, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewee's estate. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1980 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Leyda, Jay, 1910-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1910
Speaker occupation: Author; Filmmaker
Age at speaking: 70
Document date: 1980
Interviewer: Hogenson, Barbara
Organizations discussed: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New York University, New York, NY
Locations discussed: New York; New York, NY; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Authors; Documentary films; Educators; Motion picture producers and directors; Motion pictures--China; Motion pictures--Germany; Motion pictures--Soviet Union; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New York; New York University, New York, NY; New York, NY; North America; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Eisenstein, Sergei, 1898-1948; Leyda, Jay, 1910-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0019009-14452