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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in nine series. Seris I: Starr family; Series II: Cecile Starr; Series III: Aram Boyajian; Series IV: New York Film Activities, 1940s & 1950s; SeriesV: Teaching at Columbia University, 1955-1961; Series VI: Film Criticism; Series: VII: Articles with Related Correspondence; Series VIII: Film Activities, 1980s-1990s; Series IX: Cassette Recordings
Personal documents, photographs, audio cassettes (primarily interviews of Starr and others), and printed material. Family and personal correspondence; professional correspondence; materials relating to Southern writers including James Agee, and Randall Jarrell; materials related to her secondary, college, and university education; teaching materials regarding filmmaking courses taught at Columbia University, the New School, and elsewhere; and manuscripts and preparation materials for published and unpublished articles.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection has no restrictions.
This collection is located on-site.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Cecile Starr papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Added to RLIN HR 05/30/2002.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Filmmaker, frlm writer, and educator Cecile Starr was born in Nashville, TN (July 14, 1921) and grew up in New Orleans, LA. She received a B.A. in Romance Languages (LSU, 1941) and a masters degree in Adult Education (Columbia University. Teachers College, 1952); after which she taught film history and criticism in Columbia's Graduate Film department (1955-1961).
Starr worked as non-thratrical writer and editor for the quarterly "Film Forum Review" (1946-1949) and the weekly "Saturday Review" (1949-1959). She also published free-lance articles in "The New York Times" and various film journals (sometimes on highly controversal subjects). Starr wrote or edited four books: "Ideas on Film" (1951); "Film Society Primer" (1956); "Discovering the Movies" (1972); "Experimental Animation", with Robert Russett (1976, revised 1988). As a scriptwriter and producer, her films include the award-winning "Fellow Citizen, A. Lincoln" and "Islamic Carpets".
For 35 years Staff has worked as a part-time, home-based distributor, renting and selling films on behalf of friends and colleagues, including Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker, Helen Levitt, Mary Ellen Bute, Hans Richter and others. In 1977 she founded and became co-director of the Women's Independent Film Exchange, and in 1991 she received one of the Anthology Film Archive's Fiulm Preservation award.
Starr married filmmaker Aram Boyajian in 1957. They have two children and one grandson.