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.
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.
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