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Harold Leonard motion picture research files, ca. 1940-ca. 1960
1933  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Harold Leonard Motion Picture research files
    Collection number: 1933
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 16.5 linear ft. (33 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1940s-1960
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Leonard, Harold

    Restrictions on Access

    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.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Harold Leonard, 1958.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harold Leonard Motion Picture research files (Collection 1933). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6982553 

    Biography

    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.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of research files related to motion picture historian Harold Leonard. Included are bibliographic citations, clippings, press releases, a small amount of publicity ephemera and photographs, and occasional publications. The files document individuals and topics that deal mainly with critical and historical aspects of motion pictures. Some of the research may have been source material for the second volume of The Film Index: A Bibliography. Also included is a small amount information related to television.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The files are arranged alphabetically by individual's names or subject titles.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Leonard, Harold--Archives
    Motion pictures--History.