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Cecile Starr papers, 1925-2001

Summary Information

Abstract

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 .
Access

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.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in ten series.

Description

Summary

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at Columbia University, the New School, and elsewhere; and manuscripts and preparation materials for published and unpublished articles.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

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

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.

Accruals

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

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

Subject Headings

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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