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  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: Boris Leven papers
    Creator: Leven, Boris
    Identifier/Call Number: 2364
    Physical Description: 105.54 Linear Feet 45 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1975
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of art director and production designer Boris Leven (1908-1986). There are approximately 150 art director's sketches from films and other productions worked on by Leven; theater music and dance programs; production design sketches from motion pictures. Additional materials include set and location stills, sketches, scripts, notes from other Leven films, and cassettes of interviews with Leven.
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    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains the papers of art director and production designer Boris Leven (1908-1986). There are approximately 150 art director's sketches from films and other productions worked on by Leven; theater music and dance programs; production design sketches from motion pictures including Tillie and Gus (1933), The Shanghai Gesture (1941), Tales of Manhattan (1942), West Side Story (1961), and Star! (1968). Additional set and location stills, sketches, scripts, and notes from other Leven films including Criss-Cross (1949), Sudden Fear (1952), and Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). There are preliminary notes for Mandingo (1975) and Black Sunday (1977) and preliminary sketches for New York, New York. There are also cassettes of interviews with Leven.

    Biographical / Historical

    Boris Leven (1908-1986) was a Russian-born art director and production designer. He attended the University of Southern California and received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture. Leven won an Academy Award for Best Color Art Direction for his work on "West Side Story" (1961). As an art director, Leven worked on "The Flying Deuces" (1939), "Hello Frisco, Hello" (1943), "Invaders from Mars" (1953), and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973). His credits as production designer include "Donovan's Brain" (1953), "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), "The Sound of Music" (1965), "Star!" (1968), "The Andromeda Strain" (1971), "The Last Waltz" (1978), "The Color of Money" (1986), and "Giant" (1956).

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Boris Leven, July 30, 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Boris Leven papers, Collection no. 2364, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    This collection is unprocessed.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Audiocassettes
    Art objects
    Sketches
    Programs
    Film stills
    Scripts
    Notes
    Motion picture art directors -- Archival resources
    Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Archival resources
    Set designers -- United States -- Archival resources
    Interviews -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Leven, Boris -- Archives