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Cecile Starr papers, 1925-2001

Summary Information


Personal documents, correspondence, photographs, audiocassettes, and printed material of the filmmaker, film writer, and educator Cecile Starr (1921-2014).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1191
Bib ID 4079913 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Starr, Cecile
Title Cecile Starr papers, 1925-2001
Physical Description 15 linear feet (36 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Two folders of the collection contain medical records of Cecile Starr and possibly other individuals. These are closed to researchers until 2089.

This collection is located on-site.

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.



This collection is arranged in ten series.



Personal and professional papers of the filmmaker, film writer, and educator Cecile Starr (1921-2014). Material formats include personal documents, photographs, audiocassettes (primarily interviews of Starr and others), and printed material. The content includes family and personal correspondence; professional correspondence; materials relating to Southern writers including James Agee and Randall Jarrell; materials related to Starr's 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at Columbia University, the New School, and elsewhere; and manuscripts and preparation materials for published and unpublished articles. There are also records related to Starr's film distribution activities and the Women's Independent Film Exchange (W.I.F.E.), which Starr co-founded and co-directed.

Using the Collection

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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.

Two folders of the collection contain medical records of Cecile Starr and possibly other individuals. These are closed to researchers until 2089.

This collection is located on-site.

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); Cecile Starr papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Four additions to the collection were received in 2009, 2011, and 2014. These materials are located in Boxes 12-36.

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

Gift of Cecile Starr, 1998.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Starr, Cecile. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1998. Accession number--M-1998.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Added to RLIN HR 05/30/2002.

The four additions to the collection were physically integrated during processing. Components of the additions were intellectually integrated into Series I, II, and VII. They also make up the entirety of Series X: Subject files. These materials were processed by Jennifer B. Lee, June 2021.

Container list uploaded and front matter edited by Celeste Brewer, June 2021.

Revision Description

2009-03-05 File created.

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

2021-06-24 Finding aid updated to incorporate additions to the collection. CLB

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Filmmaker, film writer, and educator Cecile Starr (1921-2014) was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14, 1921, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a B.A. in Romance Languages from Louisiana State University in 1941 and a masters degree in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1952. She then taught film history and criticism in Columbia's Graduate Film department from 1955 until 1961.

Starr worked as non-theatrical writer and editor for the quarterly "Film Forum Review" from 1946 until 1949 and the weekly "Saturday Review" from 1949 until 1959. She also published freelance articles in "The New York Times" and various film journals, sometimes on highly controversial subjects. Starr wrote or edited four books: "Ideas on Film" (1951); "Film Society Primer" (1956); "Discovering the Movies" (1972); and "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 Starr 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 (W.I.F.E.), and in 1991 she received one of the Anthology Film Archive's Film Preservation awards.

Starr married filmmaker Aram Boyajian in 1957. They had two children and one grandson. Cecile Starr died in Vermont in December 2014.

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Series I: Starr Family

Box 1 Folder 1 Alfred and Elizabeth Starr. Correspondence (Elizabeth) and clippings. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1952-1997 6 pages t.l.s. 3 p.c.s. 14 pages photocopies 6 pages, 1952-1997

(Newspaper and periodical clippings related to the career and death of Alfred Starr. Includes controversial public debate over subject of "pay T.V.")

Box 1 Folder 2 Starr, Carrie and Cecile Starr. Letter to Starr and Lightman families. New York 29 March 1997 3 pages t.l.s, March 1997

(Descriptive letter regarding funeral of Carrie Lightman Starr (mother) and Starr burial site in Nashville, TN.)

Box 1 Folder 3 Starr, Jacob. Copies of marriage and obituary clippings; copy of will. Nashville, TN [n.d.], 30 April 1932 1 page photocopy 2 page t.ms Note: Father of Cecile Starr., April 1932, (Poor quality copy of newspaper clippings.)

Box 1 Folder 4 Starr, Milton and Goldie "Zaro" Starr (Mrs. Milton). To: Cecile Starr [v.p.] [n.d.] 1934-1996 21 pages a.l.s. 1 page t.l.s. 1 p.c.s, 1934-1996

(Paternal uncle and aunt of Cecile Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 5 Starr, Milton. Obituary and memorial tributes by William R. MacKaye and Michael Wolf[v.p.] 1976 1 page photocopy 5 pages t.ms., 1976

Box 1 Folder 6 Freud, Sigmund. Biography by Ernest Jones The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, Vol III. Page 233. [n.p.] [n.d.] 1 page photocopy

(References to Milton Starr's financial support of psychoanalysis periodical "Imago.")

Box 1 Folder 7 Lowell, Robert. Robert Lowell: A Biography by Ian Hamilton. Pages 47, 66. [n.p.] [n.d.] 2 pages photocopies

(References to Milton Starr's financial support of the American poet.)

Box 1 Folder 8 Waters, Ethel. Excerpts from Waters autobiography His Eye is on the Sparrow. Pages 156, 160, 170-171. [n.p.] 1950 2 pages t.ms., 1950

(Excerpts typed onto separate sheets. Description of Milton Starr's support of African American artists)

Box 1 Folder 9 Bijou Amusement Company Partnership. To Cecile Starr. Stock certificates. [n.p.] 29 December 1960 3 pages t.l.s, December 1960

(See also "The Reluctant Capitalist"; file 74.)

Box 1 Folder 10 Starr, Mike. To Cecile Starr [n.p.] [n.d.] 3 pages a.l.s.

Box 1 Folder 11 Starr, Sarah Lusky. Clippings of obituaries. [n.p.] 4 December 1925 1 page photocopy, December 1925

(Paternal grandmother of Cecile Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 12 Starr, Bessie. To Cecile Starr [n.p.] 23 Oct 1985 28 Jan 1986 1 p.c.s. 1 page t.l.s, 1985, 1986

(Paternal aunt of Cecile Starr and wife of David Starr. Includes letter from Jeanne Starr Loeb regarding death of Bessie Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 13 To Cecile Starr Tennessee 25 January 1980 1 p.c.s, January 1980

(From "Mary Jane" [Coleman] inquiring about relation to Afred Starr)

Box 1 Folder 14 Starr, Joseph (J.D.). To Cecile Starr. Includes correspondence between Cecile to J.D. Starr [v.p.] [n.d.] 1934-1998 1 p.c.s. 94 pages a. and t.l.s. 15 pages a. and t.l.s, 1934-1998

(Brother to Cecile Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 15 Starr Joseph (J.D). Miscellaneous personal items: birth certificate, confirmation program, business card, newspaper clippings; New Yorker article regarding "Pennies from Heaven"; funeral condolences. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1929-1999 3 items 5 pages photocopies 1 page periodical 3 a.l.s., 1929-1999

Box 1 Folder 16 Loeb, Jeanne Starr. Letters and newspaper clippings; paraphernalia [v.p.] [n.d.] 1985-2000 1 Folder 2 pages, 1985-2000

(Cousin to Cecile Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 17 Letters and paraphenalia regarding activity of children and grandchildren of Milton and Zaro Starr. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1972-2000 1 Folder, 1972-2000

Box 1 Folder 18 Letters and paraphenalia regarding children and grandchildren of Alfred Starr. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1 Folder

Box 1 Folder 19 Starr Carrie (Lightman). Memoir written by Carrie Starr with notes by Cecile Starr [n.p.] [n.d.] 55 t.ms. 26 a.ms. 1 Folder 2 note pages a.ms.s.

(Mother of Cecile Starr)

Box 1 Folder 20 Starr Carrie (Lightman). To Cecile Starr; letters from Cecile to Carrie Starr; funeral mementos. [n.p.] [n.d.] 1944-1984 1 Folder, 1944-1984

(Mother of Carrie Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 21 Correspondence to Cecile and Carrie from members of the Lightman family. [v.p.] 1937-1997 2 Folder inserts, 1937-1997

(Includes clippings and publicity items.)

Box 1 Folder 22 Lightman, Alan. Photocopies of correspondence with Cecile Starr [v.p.] 1984-1998 1 Folder, 1984-1998

(Cousin to Cecile Starr.)

Box 1 Folder 23 Lightman, Alan. Photocopies of book reviews by and of Alan Lightman; paraphernalia [v.p.] 1982-2001 1 Folder, 1982-2001

Box 12 Amy Clampitt

Box 12 Alan Lightman

Box 12 M. Lounsbury (teacher)

Box 12 Jerry Lynas

Box 12 Joyce McDougall

Box 12 Carrie Lightman Starr

Box 12 J. D. Starr - Family - Cecile Starr Letters to Juanita

Box 12 Sara Starr Wolff

Daughter of Milton Starr.

Series II: Cecile Starr

Box 2 Folder 24 Starr Cecile . Personal documents: copy of birth certificate, wedding invitation, wedding license, resume, personal will, financial and legal documents; typed memoir with corrections. [v.p.] New York [n.d.] 1957-1995 1 Folder 5 pages t.ms., 1957-1995

Box 2 Folder 25 Starr Cecile. School records; detailed childhood and contemporary recollections handwritten by Starr; McMain High School annual (1937); mementos. New Orleans, LA 1921-1942 1 Folder, 1921-1942

(Filed by Cecile Starr "New Orleans 1921-1937.")

Box 2 Folder 26 Joseph, Eleanor Cohen. Correspondence with Cecile Starr. [n.p.] 1944-1996 1 Folder, 1944-1996

(Distant Lightman cousin of Cecile Starr.)

Box 2 Folder 27 Louisiana State University. Personal and administrative correspondence; diploma Baton Rouge, LA, 1937-1941

(Correspondence with friends extends beyond college years.)

Box 2 Folder 28 Fritsch, Peter. Correspondence with Peter Fritsch; articles and clippings regarding Fritsch, Mia Fritsch and James Agee. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1940-1990 1 Folder, 1940-1990

Box 2 Folder 29 Correspondence and clippings regarding Southern writers including James Agee, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1953-1989 1 Folder, 1953-1989

(Filed by Cecile Starr "Growing Up in the Literary South.")

Box 11 Folder 103 Stafford, Jean. Varies items include articles, photocopies of two way correspondence; correspondence with rare book collectors, clippings, excerpts of Stafford's writing, personal accounts by Starr. [v.p.] 1978-1998 1 Folder, 1978-1998

(Original copies of correspondence and materials purchased by the University of Colorado at Boulder.)

Box 13 Cecile Starr birthday cards and letters received

Box 13 Cecile Starr notices received

Most from women film makers.

Box 13 Cecile Starr correspondence, circa 1990s

Box 13 Cecile Starr correspondence regarding films -- United States, circa 2000s

Box 13 Criticism

Box 13 "How To Be Your Own Movie Critic"

Box 13 Early films

Box 13 Feature script

Box 13 "Fellow Citizen, A. Lincoln" film

Box 13 "Horses, Horses, Horses" film project

Box 13 Cecile Starr "Introduction + Ideas"

For a planned book on women film makers.

Box 13 Cecile Starr photos

Box 13 Cecile Starr rejected articles

Box 14 Cecile Starr education

Box 14 Cecile Starr film book reviews

Box 14 Out-of-date flyers

Box 14 Film rentals, 2001

Box 14 Harvard, Houghton Library, 2004-2006

Notes on material sold.

Box 14 Harvard, Houghton Library, 2005-2010

Notes on material sold.

Box 14 Harvard and University of Colorado

Notes on material sold.

Box 14 Cecile Starr, "My Psychiatrists"

Box 14 Cecile Starr correspondence with people with MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)

Box 14 Cecile Starr medical (New York City)

Restricted until 2089.

Box 14 Childhood sexual abuse (Mount Sinai)

Restricted until 2089.

Series III: Aram Boyajian

Box 3 Folder 30 Boyajian, Aram. Correspondence and materials regarding early film projects; personal notes. [v.p.] 1922-1970 1 Folder, 1922-1970

(Previously organized by Cecile Starr:"Aram Boyajian to 1970." Includes personal account of Emmy Award Ceremony 1964 won by Boyajian for editting "The Kremlin.")

Box 3 Folder 31 Boyajian, Aram. Professional correspondence, clippings, personal accounts. Published volume of poetry: The Man Who Wrote the World's Longest Haiku, Crossing Press, NY. 1973. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1970-1996 1 Folder 1 volume bd, 1970-1996

(Previously organized by Cecile Starr "Aram Boyajian from 1970 on.")

Box 3 Folder 32 Boyajian, Aram. ABC-TV. Published volume based on ABC-TV documentary "Africa" produced by Boyajian and others. [n.p.] [n.d.] 1 vol., bd.

Box 3 Folder 33 Boyajian, Aram. ABC-TV. Materials regarding documentary "Kitty Genovese." New York, 1978-1979

(Includes personal correspondence between Boyajian and convicted murderer Winston Moseley; photocopy of childhood memoir.)

Box 3 Folder 34 ABC-TV. Clippings of reviews and materials regarding documentary "The American Indian" written and produced by Boyajian. [n.p.] 1972 1 Folder, 1972

Box 3 Folder 35 HBO and Consumer Reports.. Correspondence regarding documentaries "Earth to Kids" and "Unsafe at Any Race." New York 1984, 1991 1 Folder, 1984, 1991

Box 3 Folder 36 Boyajian family correspondence. [v.p.] [n.d.] 1971-1993 1 Folder, 1971-1993

Box 3 Folder 37 Boyajian, Suzanne. Correspondence and miscellaneous items. [v.p.] 1980-1996 1 Folder, 1980-1996

(Daughter of Cecile Starr and Aram Boyajian)

Box 3 Folder 38 Boyajian, Marco. High school diploma, resume; correspondence; clippings regarding store Showtime Video in Burlington, Vermont. [v.p.] New York, Vermont 1978-1997 1 Folder, 1978-1997

(Son of Cecile Starr and Aram Boyajian.)

Box 3 Folder 39 Boyajian, Marco. Film reviews by Marco Boyajian. [v.p.] 1969-1998 1 Folder Note: Son of Cecile Starr and Aram Boyajian., 1969-1998

Series IV: New York Film, 1940s-1950s

Box 4 Folder 40 Jack Ellis. Film Council of America. Correspondence to and from Starr; incomplete manuscript of autiographical materials [author unclear]. Evanston, IL and Vermont 1981-1997 1 Folder, 1981-1997

Box 4 Folder 41 Clippings, flyers, personal correspondence regarding filmmakers Julien Bryan, Ken Snelson, Francis Thompson. New York 1970s-1980s 1 Folder Note: All filmmakers who began careers in New York during the 1940s and 1950s., 1970s-1980s, 1940s

(Previously arranged by Cecile Starr.)

Box 4 Folder 42 Clippings regarding film careers of Jim Davis and James Broughton. New York 1940s-1950s 1 Folder Note: Includes published volume "Jim Davis: The Flow of Energy" inscribed to Cecile Starr., 1940s-1950s

(Previously filed as "Rosalind Kossoff" by Starr.)

Box 4 Folder 43 Thomas Brandon and Leo Dratfield. Correspondence and personal notes. New York 1967-1982 1 Folder Note: Note by Starr regarding relationship between filmmaker and distributor., 1967-1982

(Previously filed by Starr.)

Box 4 Folder 44 Lillian Wachtel. Film News. Clippings and correspondence regarding periodical "Film News" and film publisher and editor Rohana Lee. Vermont and New York [n.d.]; 1965, 1997 1 Folder, 1965, 1997

Box 4 Folder 45 Wachtel, Lillian. Clippings and correspondence with Cecile Starr. [n.p.] 1999-2001 1 Folder, 1999-2001

Box 4 Folder 46 Austrailian News and Information Bureau. Correspondence, clippings, and personal notes. New York 1942-1977 1 Folder Note: Cecile Starr's employer from 1942-1945. Includes correspondence between Cecile Starr and Australian filmmaker Ronald Maslyn Williams to 1977 with references to Jean Stafford, wife of poet Robert Lowell. References regarding office environment and newswriters during World War II., 1942-1977, 1977

Box 4 Folder 47 Affiliated Film Producers. Personal correspondence and accounts, clippings regarding Starr's working acquaintance with Willard Van Dyke, Irving Jacoby, and Helen Grayson; obituary for Irving Jacoby written by Starr published in EFLA Newsletter. New York 1967-1997 1 Folder, 1967-1997

Box 4 Folder 48 Film Council of America. "A Symposium: Sixty Years of 16 mm Film" and "A Guide to Film Services of National Associations." Practical Offset Inc.: Des Plaines IL 1954 220 pages bd. 146 pages bd, 1954

(Cecile Starr on the editorial board.)

Box 4 Folder 49 Film Council of America. Correspondence, programs, t.ms. of essay by Starr published in memorial flyer (1996). New York 1959-1996 1 Folder, 1959-1996

(Personal accounts regarding activities in the 1940s and 1950s Cecile Starr on the editorial board)

Box 4 Folder 50 National Film Board of Canada. Flyers, correspondence, personal accounts. New York and Montreal 1956-1979 1 Folder, 1956-1979

Box 4 Folder 51 Sophie Hohne (Reu). March of Time. Correspondence, flyers, clippings, photographs of building where former office stood. New York 1970-1997 1 Folder, 1970-1997

Box 4 Folder 52 Miscellaneous events and projects 1940s-1950s. Correspondence, clippings; study guides and articles for Encyclopedia Britannica by Cecile Starr. New York 1940-1950 1 Folder, 1940-1950

Series V: Teaching at Columbia University, 1955-1961

Box 5 Folder 53 Correspondence and clippings regarding former students: Alfred Appel, Jr.; Timothy Asch; John Frazer; Gordon Hitchens; George Manupelli; Roger Sandall; Don Gunn. New York, 1955-1961

(Correspondence extends into later years.)

Box 5 Folder 54 Correspondence to and from former students: James Watters, Howard Worth, Merle Worth, Herbert Reynolds [not a student, an acquaintence]. New York 1955-1961 1 Folder, 1955-1961

(Filed by Starr: "First class of M.A. Film and TV students at Columbia.)

Box 5 Folder 55 Bogdonavich and De Palma. Correspondence, personal accounts, and materials regarding former students Peter Bogdonavich and Brian de Palma New York 1955-1975 1 Folder, 1955-1975

(Correspondence with Bogdonavich 1972-1975)

Box 5 Folder 56 Educational records and correspondence New York 1947-2001 1 Folder, 1947-2001

(Includes written statement regarding disagreement with Erik Barnouw and leave of absence to go to Paris with husband. Filed by Cecile Starr "Columbia University-miscellaneous.")

Box 5 Folder 57 Teaching materials including typed notes include student notes from Starr's history of the motion picture course (1960), correspondence, film periodical clippings, programs, and flyers. New York 1955-1961 1 Folder, 1955-1961

(Correspondence extends into later years.)

Box 5 Folder 58 Life. Published articles by Jim Watters. Time, Inc.: Chicago February 1980 May, 1986 2 vol. bd, 1980 May, 1986

(Former student of Cecile Starr.)

Series VI: Film Criticism

Box 6 Folder 59 Kael, Pauline. Articles; clippings; one incomplete typed ms. regarding film critic. [v.p.] 1968-1989 1 Folder, 1968-1989

Box 6 Folder 60 Gerstein, Evelyn. Notes, correspondence between film critic Gerstein and Starr, handwrittten manuscript, clippings, photocopies of Gerstein's film reviews. [v.p.] New York [n.d.] 1961-1986 1 Folder, 1961-1986

Box 6 Folder 61 Agee, James. Personal account by Starr on her acquaintance with Agee; periodical and book excerpts, handwritten notes. [v.p.] New York [n.d.] 1959-1984 1 Folder, 1959-1984

Box 6 Folder 62 Correspondence, notes, clippings regarding critics including Archer Winstein and Virgil Thomson. [v.p.] 1960-1997 1 Folder, 1960-1997

(Filed by Starr "American Film Critics and Writers.")

Box 6 Folder 63 Notes and papers for class on Film Criticism taught by Starr. New York [1960s-1970s] 1 Folder

(Drawn from courses taught at the New School, Columbia University, and elsewhere.)

Box 6 Folder 64 Movie reviews by students of Cecile Starr at the New School. New York 1974-1980 1 Folder, 1974-1980

Box 6 Folder 65 Thompson, Howard. Personal accounts by Cecile Starr; clippings of articles by film columnist and longtime acquaintance. Book inscribed to Starr by Howard: The Female Approach by Ronald Searle. Knopf, NY. 1954. [v.p.] New York 1944-1997 1 Folder, 1944-1997

(Film writer for the New York Times.)

Box 6 Folder 66 Notes, clippings. New York 1956-1987 1 Folder, 1956-1987

(Information on film critics at the New York Times including Mordaunt Hall, Vincent Canby, Frank Nugent, and Bosley Crowther.)

Series VII: Articles (with related correspondence)

Box 7 Folder 67 Levitt, Helen. Notes, materials, drafts, and clipping of articles written by Cecil Starr. Appeared in two publications: "Center Quarterly," Summer 1985. Vol. 6, No. 4. Book Review, "Sightlines," Winter 1986/87. 2 published volumes: "Helen Levitt" and "Helen Levitt: Photographies." [v.p.] France, New York 1977-1988 3 Folders, 1977-1988

Box 7 Folder 68 Deren, Maya. The New York Times. Correspondence and notes regarding Cecile Starr article: "The Mother of the American Avant-Garde Film," 2 May 1976. New York 1976 1 Folder, 1976

Box 7 Folder 69 The New York Times. Typed ms. (draft), notes, correspondence, photocopy and clipping of article by Cecile Starr: "Is the Government Subsidizing Sexism in Film" in The New York Times?" 9 January 1977. New York 1977 1 Folder, 1977

Box 7 Folder 70 House Beautiful. Notes, correspondence and sample copy of column by Cecile Starr: "Flowers and Films for Spring" January 1953. Vol. 95, No. 1 Hearst Corp.: New York 1953-1954 1 Folder, 1953-1954

(Starr wrote a film column from 1953-1954. Correspondence with editor Joseph Barry dates into the 1980s.)

Box 7 Folder 71 American Film Institute.. Clippings and articles. Printed letter from Cecile Starr: "Film Artists Fear AFI Will Go Hollywood," in Readers and Writers, April-May 1967. Subsequent correspondence. [v.p.] New York 1967-1981 1 Folder, 1967-1981

(Starr's critical letter regarding the vision of the Film Advisory Council of the National Council of the Arts--Hollywood/entertainment vs. art received a wide public response. Correspondence includes photocopy of a letter from Council member and actor Gregory Peck (29 May 1967).)

Box 7 Folder 72 Anthology Film Archive Jonas Mekas Film Culture. Flyers, announcements, letters, and correspondence regarding article by Cecile Starr: "New York Letter" in Sight and Sound, Winter 1961/62. New York 1961-1998 1 Folder, 1961-1998

(Personal account of Cecile Starr's Preservation Award and ceremony given her by Anthology Film Archives in 1992.)

Box 7 Folder 73 The Saturday Review. Notes, correspondence, clippings, photograph of former office site. New York 1949-1959 1 Folder, 1949-1959

(Cecile Starr worked for The Saturday Review 1949-1959. Includes what she considered her ten best columns. Correspondence extends through 1997.)

Box 7 Folder 74 The New York Times. Notes and correspondence regarding Starr article: "The Reluctant Capitalist" printed 15 October 1995. [v.p.] New York 1950-1995 1 Folder, 1950-1995

(Non-film related.)

Box 11 Folder 97 Mazursky, Paul. Correspondence from and to Starr. Notes and materials for Starr's two publications regarding Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman." Twentieth Century Fox, "Talking Cinematically re. Films," 1978. "Women in Film: Weill and Mazursky," Fire Island News, August 19, 1978. New York 1978 1 Folder, 1978

Box 11 Folder 101 Richter, Hans. Personal correspondence with Richter; correspondence regarding Richter's estate; announcements and flyers relevant to the filmmaker's career. [v.p.] 1974-1998 1 Folder, 1974-1998

Box 8 Folder 76 Brakhage, Stan. Correspondence and clippings regarding filmmaker Brakhage. New York 1979-1998 1 Folder, 1979-1998

Box 11 Folder 98 Posner, Bruce. Correspondence; clippings regarding Posner's filmaking career. [v.p.] 1983-1998 1 Folder, 1983-1998

Box 11 Folder 102 Richter, Hans. Correspondence (includes letter from Jonas Mekas), notes, transcripts of tapes, drafts, writings by Richter, and photocopies of Starr writings regarding Richter. "Richter on Film: An Independent Film about an Independent Filmmaker," Art & Cinema, December 1978. "Notes on Hans Richter in the U.S.A.," No. 79, Winter 1996. "Hilla Rebay and the Guggenheim Nexus," [no source information.] [v.p.] New York 1977-1996 1 Folder, 1977-1996

Box 15 Cecile Starr printed articles: House Beautiful and pre-1960 film articles

Box 15 Cecile Starr printed articles: Saturday Review

Box 15 Cecile Starr printed articles: Laserdiscs -- Reviews of Cecile Starr books

Box 16 Cecile Starr printed articles, circa 1960s-1990s, 3 folders

Box 17 Cecile Starr printed articles

Including Film Forum Review, International Documentary, and Filmmakers Newsletter.

Series VIII: Film Activities, 1980s-1990s

Box 8 Folder 75 Kertesz Project Paris 1986-1987 1 Folder, 1986-1987

Box 8 Folder 77 Museum of Modern Art. Clippings, notes, and inventory lists; correspondence. New York 1980-1997 1 Folder, 1980-1997

Box 8 Folder 78 Southern filmmakers; correspondence, critiques, rosters of film festivals. [v.p.] 1975-1982 1 Folder, 1975-1982

Box 8 Folder 79 Correspondence, loose pages from published script, typed draft for article on movie: "Tattoo." [v.p.] 1959-1983 1 Folder Note: Article never published. Filed by Starr: "Tattoo article-Bob Brooks.", 1959-1983

Box 8 Folder 80 Centre Georges Pompidou. Correspondence, contract, and draft of Starr article on Stephanie Maxwell Paris and Vermont 1993-1997 1 Folder, 1993-1997

Box 8 Folder 81 American Federation of the Arts. Copy of distribution agreement, correspondence, flyer for film festival in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge [n.d] 1977-1989 1 Folder, 1977-1989

Box 8 Folder 82 Boyajian Starr Associates. Notes, Employer Identification Number, financial records. New York 1979-1985 1 Folder, 1979-1985

Box 8 Folder 83 Correspondence and related items for various film periodicals. [n.p.] 1961-1985 1 Folder Note: Includes "Spiral," "Film Quarterly," and "Cantrills.", 1961-1985

Box 8 Folder 84 Receipts from personal sale of used film related books, videos, and posters. [v.p.] New York 1989-1994 1 Folder, 1989-1994

Box 8 Folder 85 Curtis, David. Arts Council of Great Britain. To Cecile Starr England 1981-1984 1 Folder, 1981-1984

(Regarding film program notes and project proposals.)

Box 8 Folder 86 Miscellaneous film correspondence 1990s New York [n.d.] 1995, 1998 1 Folder Note: Includes Maxine Haleff, Vachel Blair, Sally Mason-Robinson, Paula Kotis., 1990s, 1995, 1998

Box 8 Folder 87 Clippings and correspondence regarding film education and teaching positions. [v.p.] 1980-1999 1 Folder, 1980-1999

Box 8 Folder 88 Lye, Len. Clippings, correspondence, and materials regarding career of the kinetic sculptor and experimental filmmaker Len Lye (1901-1980). [v.p.] 1936-1991 1 Folder, 1936-1991

(Photocopy of letter to Starr signed "Len.")

Box 9 Folder 89 Lincoln Center programs and exhibition notes; t.ms. of talk given by Starr during 1967-1968 school year. New York 1967-1989 1 Folder, 1967-1968, 1967-1989

(Includes correspondence regarding "Fantasy in Film" public school project developed by Cecile Starr.)

Box 9 Folder 90 Laser disc information: flyers, clippings, correspondence, photographs. [v.p.] 1988-19941 Folder

Box 9 Folder 91 Correspondence and clippings regarding non-film friends. [v.p.] New York 1980-1998 1 Folder, 1980-1998

Box 9 Folder 92 Fire Island related clippings. New York 1979-1992 1 Folder, 1979-1992

Box 9 Folder 93 Grierson, John. Clippings, correspondence, and Starr's personal account of meeting the film critic. Photocopy of Starr book review for Grierson on the Movies (1981) in "Sightlines, Fall 1981. [v.p.] 1955-1981 1 Folder, 1955-1981

Box 9 Folder 94 Receipts, reviews, and correspondence regarding film related books purchased by Starr. [v.p.] 1966-1998 1 Folder, 1966-1998

Box 9 Folder 95 Kaufman, Boris. Materials, correspondence, and manuscript of article written by Starr. Starr's printed review of Dziga Vertov: A Guide to References and Resources printed in "Sightlines" Spring 1981. [v.p.] 1980-1981 1 Folder, 1980-1981

Box 11 Folder 99 Harvard Film Archives. Clippings, programs, and reviews regarding film retrospective Starr participated: "The Emergence of Abstract Film in America." Cambridge, MA 7-11 December 1995 1 Folder, December 1995

Box 11 Folder 100 Reiniger, Lotte. Personal correspondence, accounts by Starr, clippings, obituary regarding the film animator. [v.p.] 1981-1997 1 Folder, 1981-1997

(Reference to Starr's organizing Reiniger retrospective at the American Film Festival in 1980.)

Box 11 Folder 104 Stearns, Monteagle and Toni. To Cecile Starr (and Aram Boyajian). Article by Antonia Stearns in House Beautiful, December 1994. [v.p.] 1977-1995 1 Folder, 1977-1995

Box 11 Folder 105 Wright, Basil. Information regarding British documentary filmmaker. Correspondence between Starr, Wright, and others. [v.p.] 1974-1985 1 Folder, 1974-1985

Box 11 Folder 106 Correspondence and clippings regarding years spent in France. Includes Starr article reprint from the Saturday Review of Literature (1955). Personal accounts by Starr. [v.p.] 1962-1988 1 Folder, 1962-1988

Series IX: Cassette Recordings

Box 9 Folder 96 Cecile Starr's notes and list of cassettes catalogued in Box 10, 1977

Written notes refer tape #7 and #14

Audiocassettes labeled by Cecile Starr

Box 10 1) AFA-Wilder Green and Steve Aronson with Cecile Starr, April 1977

Box 10 2) Alexeieff & Parker (Paris) with Starr, June 1980

Box 10 3) Blair, Vachel with Starr, March 1997

Box 10 4) Blair, Vachel with Starr, April 1997

Box 10 5 and 6) Canby, Vincent with Starr, April 1981

Box 10 7) Canemaker's Animation Group, December 1977

Box 10 8) Dockum Film, Starr narration, undated

Box 10 9) Canadian Animators: Drouin and Bindon, November 1992

Box 10 10) Griffin, George, 1977

Box 10 11) Feferman, Linda

[not in collection]

Box 10 12) Jarnow, Al with Starr, 1977

Box 10 13) Malle, Louis with Starr, 1978

Box 10 14) Selwood, Maureen - Animators, November 1977

Box 10 15) Mazursky, Paul with Starr, 1978

Box 10 16) Munro, Grant with Starr, November 1990

Box 10 17) NFB Animators: Patel and Hoedeman with Starr, November 1990

Box 10 18) Petric, Vlada, December 1995

Box 10 19) Reiniger with Starr and others, 1978

Box 10 20) Richter on film with Starr, undated

Box 10 21) Rickey, Carrie with Starr, May 1981

Box 10 22) Snelson, Ken with Starr, 1979

Box 10 23) Starr, Cecile on Len Lye (Donnell), 1985

Box 10 24) Starr, Cecile on the New School "Film Criticism", February 1976

Box 10 25) Thacher, Anita (Metropolitan Museum)

[not in collection]

Box 10 26) Whitney, John phone conversation (Russett and Starr), October 1987

Box 10 27) Spiral Anthology (special production), 1985

Box 10 28) Wright, Basil with Starr, 1985

Miscellaneous Cassettes

Box 10 Cecile Starr re. Randall Jarrell, William Pritchard interview

Box 10 Robert Graeff regarding Werner Graeff No. 1 and No. 2. Michael Pressman with Cecile Starr, 1979

Box 10 Archer Winsten with Cecile Starr, No. 1 and No. 2, 1981

Box 10 Stewart Klein and Cecile Starr, 1981

Box 10 Cecile Starr on N.H. radio talk re W.I.F.E.

[not in collection]

Series X: Subject Files

Subseries X.1: Names

Box 18 Agee

Box 18 Agee -- Caroline Blinder

Box 18 Anderson, Erica

Box 18 Anderson, Erica (and Vonnegut)

Box 18 Anderson, Madeline

Box 18 Ascher, Robert

Box 18 Barry, Iris

Box 18 Bartosch, Berthold -- correspondence

Box 18 Bartosch, Berthold -- Cecile Starr promotion

Box 18 Bartosch, Berthold -- "The Idea" -- income

Box 18 Bartosch, Berthold -- "The Idea"

With CD of Arthur Honegger music created for the film, Gallo CD-880.

Box 19 Bartosch, Berthold -- stills and negatives

Box 19 Bartosch, Berthold -- printed matter

Box 19 Benacerraf, Margot

Box 19 Berg, Gretchen

Box 19 Berg, Gretchen / Weinberg

Box 19 Berkley, Busby

Box 19 Bogdanovich, Peter -- correspondence and articles

Box 19 Bogdanovich, Peter -- articles

Box 19 Bontemps, Arna

Box 19 Brakhage, Stan

Box 19 Breer, Robert

Box 19 Bryan, Diana

Box 19 Burgess, Lee (Dick / Bechwith)

Box 20 Bute, Mary Ellen -- Cecile Starr interview with Sandra Naumann

Box 20 Bute, Mary Ellen

Box 20 Cameron, Donna

Box 20 Cantrill, Arthur and Corinne

Box 20 Charlton, Maryette

Box 20 Chase, Doris

Box 20 Clarke, Shirley

Box 20 Crockwell, Douglass, 2 folders

Box 20 Damonte, Devon

Box 20 D'Avino, Carmen

Box 20 De Hirsch, Storm

Box 21 Dery, Jo

Box 21 Dreyer, Carl and Scandinavian Films

Box 21 Eames, Charles and Ray

Box 21 Ehrlich, David

Box 21 Ellis, Jack

Box 21 Emshwiller, Ed

Box 21 Eggeling, Viking

Box 21 Eggeling, Pictures

Box 21 Engel, Jules

Box 21 Engel, Jules and Janeann Dill

Box 21 Flaherty, Frances

Box 21 Flaherty Photos

Box 21 Furniss, Maureen

Box 21 Gaynor, Janet

Box 21 Glabicki, Paul

Box 21 Glushanok, Peter

Box 22 Grant, Dwinell, circa 1970s-1990s

Box 22 Grant, Dwinell, 1975-1991

Box 22 Grant, Dwinell, 2 folders

Box 22 Grant, Dwinell -- In His Own Words

Box 22 Grayson, Helen -- letters

Box 22 Grayson, Helen -- Cecile Starr notes

Box 22 Grayson, Helen -- articles

Box 22 Grayson, Helen -- miscellaneous

Box 22 Grayson, Helen / Jacob Lawrence

Box 23 Griffin, George

Box 23 Griffin, Richard -- Museum of Modern Art booklets

Box 23 Guy-Blache, Alice, 2 folders

Box 23 Guy-Blache, Alice / P. Green

Box 23 Guy-Blache, Alice -- T-shirt "Be Natural"

Box 23 Haleff, Maxine

Box 23 Hammid, Alexander

Box 23 Hartley, Elda

Box 23 Hill, Jerome

Box 24 Hofacker / Richter / Eggeling

Box 24 Hoshino, Marvin

Box 24 Iimura, Taka

Box 24 Jacobs, Lewis

Box 24 Jacoby, Irving

Box 24 Jacoby, Irving -- Office of War Information

Box 24 Jacoby, Oren

Box 24 Jarnow, Al

Box 24 Jarvis, Lucy

Box 24 Johnson, Osa

Box 24 Kain, Richard

Box 24 Kaufman, Boris

Box 24 Kaufman, Boris / Jean Vigo

Box 25 Keefer, Cindy -- Center for Visual Music, 2005-2010

Box 25 Keefer, Cindy -- Center for Visual Music Promotion

Box 25 Keefer, Cindy -- Iota Center

Box 25 Kitchen, Diane -- University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Box 25 Kravitz/Subotnick

Box 25 Lambart, Evelyn

Box 25 Langer, Mark

Box 25 Leacock, Ricky

Box 25 Levine, Charles

Box 25 Leyda, Jay

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Europe, 2000

Box 26 Levitt, Helen, 2010

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- "In the Street", 2010-2011

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Barcelona -- Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Bolzano, Italy - "I.T.S."

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Light Cone

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Pip Chodorov (Re-Voir, Paris)

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Pompidou (Paris)

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- 16mm prints, copyright, etc.

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- pictures, cards, etc.

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- books

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- cards and letters

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Harper's Books

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- Glenn Horowitz

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- other films

Box 26 Levitt, Helen -- film friends and photographers

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Recollections of Levitt, Cecile Starr interviews, Dylan Morgan transcriptions

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Cecile Starr agreements

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Distribution (Starr)

Box 27 Levitt, Helen / Starr

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Anthology (Mekas)

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Arthouse (Koh)

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- British Film Institute

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Lille (France), 2010-2011

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Metropolitan Museum

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Lawrence Miller Gallery

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Museum of Modern Art (New York City)

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Stanford, CA, "In the Street"

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- miscellaneous

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- Janice Loeb, "The Quiet One"

Box 27 Levitt, Helen -- photographs

Box 28 Lorentz, Pare

Box 28 MacDonald, Dwight

Box 28 McDougall, Joyce

Box 28 McLaren, Norman

Box 28 McLaren, Norman -- materials

Box 28 McLaren, Norman -- stills

Box 28 Mamoulian, Rouben

Box 28 Maxwell, Stephanie, 2000

Box 28 Montanaro, Carlo

Box 28 Morse, Deanna

Box 29 Mouris, Frank and Caroline

Box 29 Munro, Grant

Box 29 Olitzky, Seth

Box 29 Orkin, Ruth -- Cecile Starr

Box 29 Orkin, Ruth

Box 29 Peck, Gregory -- and American Film Institute

Box 29 Pennebaker -- Daybreak Press, 1975-2010

Box 29 Peterson, Vicki

Box 29 Pickford, Mary

Box 29 Poser, Mimi

Box 29 Posner, Bruce

Box 29 Priestley, Joanna

Box 29 Rebay, Hilla

Box 30 Reiniger, Lotte

Box 30 Reiniger, Lotte -- letters

Box 30 Reiniger, Lotte -- stills

Box 30 Richter, Hans -- Europe, 2000-2010

Box 30 Richter, Hans -- United States, 2000-2010

Box 30 Rose, Kathy

Box 30 Russett, Robert

Box 30 Russett, Robert -- index

Box 30 Ruttman, Walter -- promotion

Box 31 Scher, Jeff

Box 31 Schwartz, Lillian

Box 31 Selwood, Maureen

Box 31 Snelson, Ken

Box 31 Stoney, George, 2 folders

Box 31 Thompson, Francis

Box 31 Ungerer, Walter

Box 31 Van Dyke, Barbara

Box 31 Ward, Tracy (Virginia Bell)

Box 31 Watters, Jim

Box 31 Weill, Claudia

Box 31 Whitney, John

Box 31 Wright, Basil

Box 31 Zwerin, Charlotte

Subseries X.2: Topics

Box 32 Australia / New Zealand

Box 32 Canada

Box 32 England / Scotland

Box 32 Other countries

Box 32 Abstract art and film

Box 32 Animation stills

Box 32 Animation -- letters about

Box 32 Animation -- letters from animators

Box 32 Animation -- "Frames" letters, etc.

Box 32 Arthouse / Koh, 2000-2007

Box 32 "Ballet Mechanique"

Box 32 Bute-Arsenal Experimental, Germany, 2007-2009

Box 33 Da Capo Press

Box 33 Disney

Box 33 Documentary -- miscellaneous

Box 33 Flipbooks and optical toys

Box 33 Flipbooks -- Ruth Hayes

Box 33 Flipbooks -- show, 2005

Box 33 Light Cone, Paris, 2000-2009, 2 folders

Box 33 Linz, Austria -- "Rhythm in Light" and "Abstronic", 2009

Box 33 Movie stills

Box 33 Re:Voir, 2000-2009

Box 34 Women animators, 4 folders

In alphabetical order.

Box 34 Women filmmakers

In alphabetical order.

Box 34 Women Artist Filmmaker Group

Box 34 Women film -- specialists

Box 34 Women filmmakers -- foreign

Box 34 Women filmmakers -- foreign (Leni Riefenstahl)

Box 35 Women's articles -- miscellaneous

Box 35 Women filmmakers -- original materials

Box 35 Women filmmakers -- photographs

Box 35 Women's Independent Film Exchange (W.I.F.E.)

Box 35 W.I.F.E. -- original research

Box 35 W.I.F.E. -- originals

Box 35 W.I.F.E. -- special projects

Box 35 W.I.F.E. -- expenses and income, until 1990

Box 35 W.I.F.E. -- fundraising

Box 36 W.I.F.E. -- programs, 1970s-1989

Box 36 W.I.F.E. -- programs, 1984 and earlier

Box 36 W.I.F.E. -- programs, 1985 and later

Box 36 W.I.F.E. -- profiles

Box 36 W.I.F.E. -- Black members

Box 36 Cecile Starr -- programs

Box 36 Cecile Starr -- film students