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Finding Aid for the Jay Leyda Papers, 1925-1956
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jay Leyda Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1956
    Collection number: 460
    Creator: Leyda, Jay, 1910-
    Extent: 24 boxes (12 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Jay Leyda (1910-1988) was a critic, filmmaker, author, editor and educator. Leyda also worked as a technical advisor on Russian subjects for Hollywood and taught at Yale, York University and New York University. The collection consists of manuscripts and page proofs with holographic corrections of Leyda's work relating to Herman Melville and Leyda's study The Melville Log, Sergei Eisenstein, Modest Mussorgsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jay Leyda, 1948-1954.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jay Leyda Papers (Collection 460). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Leyda was born February 12, 1910 in Detroit; studied filmmaking at State Film Institute, Moscow, with Sergei Eisenstein in 1933; critic, filmmaker, author, editor, educator; translated Eisenstein's theoretical works on cinema; wrote/edited critical studies/biographies of Melville, Dickenson, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff; lifelong film historian and teacher of cinema; during 1940s was technical advisor on Russian subjects for Hollywood; in 1960s and 70s taught at Yale and York University, Toronto; was at New York University from 1973 until his death on February 15, 1988 of heart failure.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts and page proofs with holographic corrections of Leyda's work relating to Herman Melville and Leyda's study The Melville Log, Sergei Eisenstein, Modest Mussorgsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Also includes correspondence and ephemera regarding research for these books.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Typescripts (Boxes 1-6, 11).
    2. Correspondence (Boxes 7-8).
    3. Notes (Boxes 9-10, 23-24).
    4. Ephemera (Boxes 12-13).
    5. The Melville Log (Boxes 14-22).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Leyda, Jay, 1910- --Archives.
    Eisenstein, Sergei, 1898-1948.
    Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
    Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881.
    Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943.
    Biographers--United States--Archival resources.