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Judith Crist papers, 1930s-2012

Summary Information

Abstract

Judith Crist (1922-2012), was a film critic, journalist, and long-time adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1958-2012). Her papers include clippings, correspondence, interviews, mementos, notes, photographs, review files, telephone logs, and audiovisual materials.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1666
Bib ID 10318283 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Crist, Judith
Title Judith Crist papers, 1930s-2012
Physical Description 112 linear feet (108 record cartons, 7 document boxes, 1 flat box and 2 book boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

There are no boxes numbered 59, 70-72, 87-88, 95, 102, 106, 126, or 130 in the collection.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions, except that class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA guidelines.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged in six series and several subseries.

Description

Scope and Content

Judith Crist (1922-2012), was a film critic, journalist, and long-time adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1958-2012). Her papers include clippings, correspondence, interviews, mementos, notes, photographs, review files, telephone logs, and audiovisual materials.

The largest set of files is the Review Files. These files contain information on individual films and theater productions, scripts of Crist's television reviews, and clippings of reviews by other critics. Crist's own reviews are primarily filed in Series II: Writings.

Crist's correspondence and subject files are found in Series III: Alphabetical Files. These files include brochures, clippings, correspondence (incoming, as well as carbons of Crist's responses), flyers, itineraries, invitations, meeting minutes, memoranda, notes, programs, and various informational materials. The series includes files related to individuals, as well as television shows, magazines, and other projects, such as the New York Film Critics Circle, Saturday Review, Tarrytown Film Festival, the Today Show, TV Guide, and WOR.

Crist's articles, book manuscripts, columns, and reviews are filed in Series II: Writings. This series primarily contains magazine and newspaper clippings of Crist's published work, as well as clippings scrapbooks. There are no manuscripts for this work in the writings files; it is possible that there are some drafts filed in the alphabetical files in Series III. The series does contain manuscripts and proofs related to Crist's book, The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl: Judith Crist's TV Guide to the Movies, as well as some unpublished fiction from the early 1940s. Crist's writing work for school magazines and publications is filed with her academic records in Subseries V.2.

The papers include audiovisual materials. The audio recordings are primarily related to the Tarrytown Film Festival (1970s-1980s). The video recordings include appearances, interviews, and spots by Crist, as well as video of her reviews for WOR-TV.

The collection includes some materials related to Crist's work as an adjunct professor, and her involvement with alumni committees, at the Columbia University School of Journalism. The papers include administrative correspondence and memoranda, correspondence with former students, her class rules, and writing examples that she used in her class, "Personal and Professional Style".

The papers also include some biographical and personal material, including articles about Crist, academic records, address books, awards, biographical statements, cards, correspondence, drawings, interviews, photographs, scrapbooks, and mementos, which include caricatures of Crist and a few inscribed items.

While the majority of Crist's papers are held at Columbia University, Crist also gave some papers to Syracuse University during her lifetime. The records held at Syracuse include additional correspondence, as well as copies of Crist's published articles and reviews, television scripts, and annotated typescripts, particularly for the 1960s and early 1970s.

  • Series I: Review Files, 1931-2010

    This series contains Crist's movie and theater review files.

  • Series II: Writings, 1930s-2007

    This series contains advertisements featuring quotes by Crist, as well as articles, clippings, columns, manuscripts, and proofs.

    Written assignments and articles written as part of Crist's academic work, or for school newspapers, are filed in Subseries V.2: Academic Records.

  • Series III: Alphabetical Files, 1940s-2012

    These files are a blend of correspondence and subject files. Files include brochures, correspondence (incoming as well as carbons of Crist's responses), cards, clippings, flyers, itineraries, invitations, meeting minutes, memos, notes, programs, and various informational materials.

  • Series IV: Columbia University, 1959-2012

    This series contains class notebooks, committee records, correspondence, essays, memoranda, and teaching materials.

    The class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA privacy guidelines.

  • Series V: Personal and Biographical Material, 1934-2011, undated, undated

    This series contains biographical materials, academic records, address and telephone books, correspondence, drawings, photographs, programs, scrapbooks, and mementos.

  • Series VI: Audiovisual Materials, 1972-1985, undated, undated

    This series contains audio and video recordings. The recordings include interviews, reviews, and spots by Crist, as well as material related to the Tarrytown Film Weekends.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

There are no boxes numbered 59, 70-72, 87-88, 95, 102, 106, 126, or 130 in the collection.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions, except that class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA guidelines.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Judith Crist Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Catherine C. Ricciardi and Emily Burns (GSAS 2018) 2014-2016.

Finding aid written Catherine C. Ricciardi December 2016.

Revision Description

2016-12-09 File created.

2016-12-09 xml document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Columbia University. Graduate School of Journalism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Crist, Judith Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatic criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Film criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Film critics -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc -- Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Television criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater critics -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women film critics -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women journalists -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Judith Crist, née Klein, was born in Manhattan, New York, on May 22, 1922. Crist attended Morris High School in the Bronx, and earned a B.A. degree from Hunter College in 1941, and a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School in Journalism in 1945.

She began her career at the New York Herald-Tribune in 1945, starting as the assistant to the women's editor. She later became a general assignment reporter, and won a George Polk Award in 1951 for her education coverage.

Crist stayed at the New York Herald Tribune until it became the World Journal Tribune and ceased publication shortly thereafter in 1967. She began writing theater reviews for the paper in 1957, while continuing to cover news, and became arts editor in 1960. Three years later, during a newspaper strike, she reviewed movies and theater for WABC, and her talent was noticed by the Today Show, which hired her as a theater and film critic the following year. After the strike, Crist became the film critic for New York Herald Tribune in 1963, the first woman to be a full time film critic at a major newspaper. She was also the founding critic at New York Magazine, which began as a Sunday supplement for the Tribune in 1963, and became an independent publication in 1968.

Throughout the 1970s-1990s, Crist worked as a critic in both print and television. She was the film critic for TV Guide (1966-1988), a critic-at-large for the Ladies Home Journal (1966-1967), and also wrote reviews for Saturday Review and Coming Attractions magazine. She also published a collection of reviews, The Private Eye, the Cowboy, and the Very Naked Girl: Movies from Cleo to Clyde (1968). On television, she continued as a critic for the Today Show (1964-1973), and later reviewed films for WOR-TV Channel 9. She also held Judith Crist Film Weekends in Tarrytown, New York (1971-2006) during this time period.

Crist continued to work in journalism outside of her work as a critic. She taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism for over fifty years (1958-2012) and was also active in the school's alumni association and committees. In addition, Crist continued to write articles on topics outside of theater and film throughout her career.

She married William Crist (1912-1993), a public relations consultant, in 1947, and they had one son, Steven Crist.

Crist died in New York City on August 8, 2012.