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Harold Leonard motion picture research files, ca. 1940-ca. 1960
1933  
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Description
Harold Leonard was a critic and film historian. The collection consists of Leonard's research files dealing mainly with critical and historical aspects of motion pictures.
Background
There is very little biographical information available about Harold Leonard. He graduated from Harvard with a M.A. and worked for the Warner Brothers story department in New York and Hollywood. In 1936, he submitted an idea to create The Film Index to the Works Progress Administration. The project was put into operation in May, 1936. Leonard along with fellow associate editor Sonia Volochova both saw all three volumes of The Film Index: A Bibliography through to publication. He was a correspondent for the British film quarterly Sight and Sound and contributor to many American periodicals. Leonard moved to Los Angeles where he continued to write and became a member of the UCLA Theater Arts faculty, teaching film history. He died of cancer November 10, 1956 at the age of 47.
Extent
16.5 linear ft. (33 boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.