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Boris Leven papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2364

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.

Dates

  • 1933 - 1975

Creator

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.

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).

Extent

105.54 Linear Feet (45 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Boris Leven, July 30, 1969.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Title
Finding aid for the Boris Leven papers
Status
Unprocessed
Author
Marissa Chavez for History Associates Incorporated
Date
2022 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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