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Norman Witty Cinema Collection, 1917-2008

Summary Information

Abstract

A collection of rare periodicals, books, and printed ephemera on topics related to cinema history, assembled by the cinema enthusiast and rare book collector Norman Witty (1941-2013).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1933
Bib ID 13263479 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Witty, Norman
Title Norman Witty Cinema Collection, 1917-2008
Physical Description 5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language(s) English , Italian , French , Spanish; Castilian .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in one series.

Description

Summary

The collection is primarily composed of periodicals, books, and printed ephemera related to cinema and film studies. It was assembled by Norman Witty, a cinephile and dealer of rare books, comics, and posters. The subject matter of the collection reflects Witty's particular interests in silent films and French New Wave cinema. The materials date from 1917 to 2008.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

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); Norman Witty Cinema Collection; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Frances Witty Hamermesh also donated more than two hundred graphic novels from Norman Witty's collection to Columbia University Libraries. Inscribed copies are located in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Other copies are in the circulating collection. These materials can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog, CLIO, using the term "Frances Witty Hamermesh."

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

The collection was donated to Barnard College Archives in 2014 by Norman Witty's sister, Frances Witty Hamermesh (Barnard College Class of 1965). Some items were incorporated into the Barnard Library's circulating collection, and the rest were transferred to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2018. Witty sold much of his personal collection in 2004; the materials donated to Barnard College Archives represent the remainder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Barnard College Archives. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--2018. Accession number--2015.2016.M093.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Processed by Martha Tenney.

Processed by Tamsin Ramjit.

Finding aid written by Celeste Brewer.

Revision Description

2018-05-16 File created.

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.

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"CUL Collections:"
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"ArchivedGRID"
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printed Ephemera Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New wave films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Silent films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Norman Witty (1941-2013) was a cinephile and dealer of vintage movie posters, comics, and books.

Witty came to love movies in the mid-1950s as a teenager who frequented neighborhood theatres in the Dorchester and Mattapan sections of Boston. These included the Oriental Theatre, a movie palace built in the late 1920s, with ornate Chinese-themed interiors and twinkling stars on the ceiling. He moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Northwestern University. Witty began his collection while in Los Angeles, and eventually began trading and selling items sourced in Los Angeles on the East coast.

In the early 1970s, Witty moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where he operated the bookstore Omega Books for approximately fifteen years. He frequented antiquarian book shows and film and comic book festivals, where he purchased and traded for things he loved. He regularly participated in the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair; the Giornate del Cinema Muto (silent film festival) in Pordenone, Italy; and comic book festivals in Lucca, Italy and Angoulême, France. He purchased and traded for books of interest, not necessarily books that would be marketable. He loved silent film and silent film actresses; Grace Kelly; and the films of John Ford, Godard, and Truffaut.

In addition to his interest in cinema, Witty was considered an expert in underground and vintage comic books. He died in New York City on November 21, 2013.

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Norman Witty Cinema Books Collection, 1917-2008



Box 1 Elles Sont de Sortie Jeux, 7, 1979 January


Box 1 Le Cinema des origines a nos jours, preface by Henri Fescourt, undated


Box 1 The Films of Josef von Sternberg, by Andrew Sarris, 1966 January


Box 1 FMR: The Magazine of Franco Maria Ricci, 1984 January-August


Box 1 l'Avant-Scene du Cinema, 25; 43; 52; 98, 1963-1969


Box 1 Film Comment (formerly VISION), vol. 1: 1, 5, 6; vol. 2: 1-2; vol. 7: 2; vol. 8: 2; vol. 9: 4; vol. 16: 3, 1962-1973


Box 1 Fantastique, #20, 1968 October


Box 1 Special Renoir, 251/252, 1980 July


Box 1 Positif: Revue mensuelle de cinema, 40, 1994 June



Box 2 l'Avant-Scene du Cinema, 19, 70, 1962 October 15, 1967 March


Box 2 Film Comment (formerly VISION), vol. 1: 4; vol. 2: 3; vol. 5: 3; vol. 6: 4; vol. 10: 6, 1963-1974


Box 2 The Film Journal, vol. 1: 2, 1971 January


Box 2 Inquadrature: Rassenga di Studie Cinematografici, 12, 1964 January


Box 2 Cineaction, 48, 1998 January


Box 2 Presto Films: Hebdomadaire, by John Flanders, #84; 89, 1936 April 26, 1936 May 31


Box 2 Positif, #64/65, 1964 January


Box 2 Film Heritage, vol. 5: 4, 1970 January


Box 2 L'Art Cinematographique, #4; 5, 1927, 1929


Box 2 Les Grands Romans Cinema Parisette, by Louis Feuillade, adapted by Paul Cartoux, 1922 January


Box 2 Film in the Battle of Ideas, by John Howard Lawson, 1953 January


Box 2 Cahiers du Cinema, #5, 7, 12, 24, 32, 34, 37, 39, 44, 54, 76, 101, 131, 138, 139, 147, 150/151, 155, 205, 242/243, 345, special edition (Dec. 1984),, 1951-1984


Box 2 Cahiers du Cinema in English, #1, 2, 1966 January


Box 2 La Revue du Cinema, #16, 1948 January


Box 2 Sight and Sound, vol. 31: 1, 1961/1962


Box 2 Motion: review of the film, #6, 1963 January


Box 2 Theatre Arts, vol. 46: 7, 1962 July


Box 2 Delinquent: The Fantasy Film Magazine, #3, 1994 January


Box 2 Les Deux Orphelines, #51-53, undated


Box 2 Moviegoer, #3, 1966 January


Box 2 Judex, by Arthur Bernède et Louis Feuillade, 104, undated


Box 2 Les Nouveaux Exploits de Judex, by Arthur Bernède et Louis Feuillade, 105, undated


Box 2 La derniere Incarnation de Judex, by Arthur Bernède et Louis Feuillade, 106, undated


Box 2 Hollywood Quarterly, vol. 1: 2, 3, supplement to vol. 1; vol. 3: 1; vol. 4: 1, 2; vol. 5: 1, 3, 4, 1946-1951


Box 2 Film: Quarterly Magazine of the Federation of Film Societies, 39, 44, undated; Winter 1965-6


Box 2 Film Quarterly, vol. 20: 4, vol. 21: 2, vol. 22: 1, vol. 25: 2, Summer 1967-Winter 1970/1971


Box 2 Le Million: roman inedit de Lucien Allina d'apres le film de Rene Clair inspire d'une comedie de Georges Berret y M. Guillemaud, 1931 January



Box 3 Les Éphémères, 1997-2006


Box 3 Caricature drawings of Luise Rainer, Sacha Guitry, Deanna Durbin, and Raimu, circa 1930s


Box 3 La Nouvelle mission de Judex: film à épisodes, by Arthur Bernède; Louis Feuillade, 1-12, 1917-1918


Box 3 La Nouvelle mission de Judex: ciné-roman hebdomadaire en 12 épisodes, by Arthur Bernède; Louis Feuillade, undated


Box 3 Het Linnen Venster, by C.J. Graadt van Roggen, 1931 January


Box 3 Barrabas: film à épisodes, by Louis Feuillade, 1-12,, 1920 January


Box 3 Les romans cinéma Judex, by Arthur Bernède et Louis Feuillade, 1-12, undated


Box 3 Cahiers du cinéma: revue due cinéma et du télécinéma, vol. 3, No. 20; vol. 7, No. 46; vol. 9, No. 70; vol. 22, No. 130; vol. 24, No. 143; vol. 27, No. 157, 1953 February, 1955 April, 1957 April, 1962 April, 1963 May; 1964 July


Box 3 Film Comment, vol. 3, No. 1; vol. 4, No. 4; vol. 5, No. 2-4; vol. 6, No. 1, 1966, 1968-1970


Box 3 Affiches françaises du cinéma muet: une exposition du Service des archives du film, by Nicole Schmitt; Institut Lumière. Service des archives du film., 1985 January


Box 3 Contemporary Films catalogue,, circa 1980


Box 3 Biblioteca Films: Judex, by Arturo Bernede y Luis Feuillade, vol. 2, No. 74, undated


Box 3 Le Romans Cinéma: Tih Minh, by Georges Le Faure; Louis Feuillade, 3, 5-10, 12, 1919 January


Box 3 Colors: a magazine about the rest of the world = una revista sobre el resto del mundo, Benneton, 9, 10, 1994 December-1995 February, 1995 March-May


Box 3 Le Rouge et Le Noir, by Franco London Film, undated


Box 3 Jazzman: le journal de tous les Jazz, No. 55, No. 112, 2000 February, 2005 April


Box 3 VMag, vol. 1: 1, 1997 November


Box 3 Filmmaker: the magazine of independent film, vol. 3: 1, Fall 1994


Box 3 Télérama hors-série, 2002 October


Box 3 Vertigo, 4, 1989 January


Box 3 Screenplay for Hero (Fourth Draft), 1991 August


Box 3 Brochure for Alfred Hitchcock: Film Retrospective at MoMA, 1999 January


Box 3 Mosaic Records Brochure, 10, 11, 12, undated


Box 3 Cinema Centre Pompidou January-March 2008 brochure, 2008 January


Box 3 Arts + architecture, vol. 2: 3, 1983 January


Box 3 American antique dolls, by Kei Kobayashi; Takayuki Ogawa, 1980 January


Box 3 Le noir et blanc dans la bande dessinée, by Pierre Couperie, 1974 January


Box 3 mÂp, 5, 1993-1994 Fall-Winter



Box 4 Sight and Sound, vol. 29: 1, 1959/1960 Winter


Box 4 L'Ecran français: L'hebdomadaire du cinema, vol. 4: 51, 1946 June


Box 4 Piccola fata, vol. 4: 7; vol. 4: 14-15; vol. 5: 12-15; vol. 6: 17, 1936 April 1, 1936 July, 1937 June, 1938 September


Box 4 Cinéa, vol. 2: 55, 1922 May


Box 4 Cinema, vol. 1: 164; vol. 1 (different vol. 1?): 17; vol. 1: 5, 7 (yet another vol. 1?); vol. 2: 20; vol. 3: 35; vol. 4: 48; vol. 6: 68; vol. 7: 70 (two copies), 78, 84; vol. 9: 106, 115, 116; vol. 11: 130, 132; vol. 13: 140; vol. 14: 152, 1949 June 30, 1950 October 15


Box 4 Script, vol. 32: 720; vol. 32: 728; vol. 32: 729, 1946 January 5, 1946 April 27, 1946 May 11


Box 4 Mon film, #44, #275, #307, #394, #458, 1947 May 28, 1951 November 28, 1952 September 7, 1954 October 3, 1955 June 1


Box 4 La petite illustration: revue hebdomadaire, #472/Cinema #15, 1930 March


Box 4 Cahiers du Cinéma, #21, 98, 116, 125, 129, 145, 146, numero special Godard (1990 November), numero special Musiques au cinema (1995), numero special Chabrol (1997 October),, 1953 March-1997 October


Box 4 Télérama hors-série, 2005 February


Box 4 Colors: una revista sobre el resto del mundo/a magazine about the rest of the world, #12, 1995 November


Box 4 Georges Melies: father of film fantasy, by David Robinson, 1993 January


Box 4 Crapouillot, #59, #60, 1963 January, 1963 March


Box 4 Film-kurier, #796, undated


Box 4 Le fils du flibustier, by Louis Feuillade, adapted by Paul Cartoux, 1923 January


Box 4 Ediciones Biblioteca Films, #267, 359, 402, undated


Box 4 Umanità di Stroheim, by Ugo Casiraghi, Series 1 #1, 1945 January


Box 4 Ragionamenti sulla scenografia, by Bandini e Viazzi, Series 1 #2, 1945 January


Box 4 l'Avant-Scene du Cinema, #88, 1969 January


Box 4 Entr'acte, by René Clair, Series 2 #1,, 1945 January


Box 4 Zuiderzee, by Joris Jvens, Series 2 #2, 1945 January


Box 4 Vampyr, by Carl Th. Dreyer, Series 2 #3, 1948 January


Box 4 Film history: an international journal, vol. 9: 2, 1997 January


Box 4 Film quarterly, vol. 23: 1, Fall 1969


Box 4 The perfect vison: the high end video journal, vol. 5: 20; vol. 6: 23, 1994 Winter, 1994 October


Box 4 Méfiez-Vous de Paris/Miarka du film de Jean Renoir "Elena et les Hommes,", 1956 January


Box 4 Press packet for The Night Does Strange Things by Jean Renoir, undated


Box 4 Cinémagazine, vol. 9: 2,, 1929 January


Box 4 1 quaderni di "Hollywood", Supplement to #123 of "Hollywood,", undated


Box 4 Mon ciné, vol. 4: 157; vol. 11: 528; vol. 12: 614,, 1925 February 19, 1932 March 31, 1933 November 23


Box 4 Mon film, undated


Box 4 Le film moderne: collection le film de la semaine, #28, 1948 January


Box 4 Nos grands films racontés: Air Force, 1945 January


Box 4 Tous les jeudis: film complet, #340, 1952 November


Box 4 Berliner Anzeiger: Illustrierte Sonntags - Beilage, 1951 September


Box 4 Cinévogue, #27,, 1946 October


Box 4 Ciné-Miroir, vol. 8: 226; vol. 9: 26(4) [corrected from 26], 252; vol. 10: 303, 309, 311, 313; vol. 12: 407; vol. 13: 487, 507; vol. 14: 531, 548; vol. 15: 575; vol. 17: 696, 1929 August 2-1938 August 5


Box 4 European postage stamps, undated


Box 4 Loose film ads for Orient-Express, Le Secret de la Casbah, and other films, undated


Box 4 Cinema nuovo, vol. 3: 46; vol. 4: 51, 1954 November 10, 1955 January 25


Box 4 Mon film d'aventures, interprété par Dana Andrews et Susan Hayward, #21, undated