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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Judith Crist Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Abstract

Judith Crist (1922-2012), was a film critic, journalist, and long-time adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1958-2012). Her papers include clippings, correspondence, interviews, mementos, notes, photographs, review files, telephone logs, and audiovisual materials.

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Call No.:MS#1666
Bib ID:10318283 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Crist, Judith
Title:Judith Crist papers, 1930s-2012
Physical description:112 linear feet (108 record cartons, 7 document boxes, 1 flat box, and 2 book boxes)
Language(s):English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions, except that class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA guidelines.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged in six series and several subseries:

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Description

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Judith Crist (1922-2012), was a film critic, journalist, and long-time adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1958-2012). Her papers include clippings, correspondence, interviews, mementos, notes, photographs, review files, telephone logs, and audiovisual materials.

The largest set of files is the Review Files. These files contain information on individual films and theater productions, scripts of Crist’s television reviews, and clippings of reviews by other critics. Crist’s own reviews are primarily filed in Series II: Writings.

Crist’s correspondence and subject files are found in Series III: Alphabetical Files. These files include brochures, clippings, correspondence (incoming, as well as carbons of Crist’s responses), flyers, itineraries, invitations, meeting minutes, memoranda, notes, programs, and various informational materials. The series includes files related to individuals, as well as television shows, magazines, and other projects, such as the New York Film Critics Circle, Saturday Review, Tarrytown Film Festival, the Today Show, TV Guide, and WOR.

Crist’s articles, book manuscripts, columns, and reviews are filed in Series II: Writings. This series primarily contains magazine and newspaper clippings of Crist’s published work, as well as clippings scrapbooks. There are no manuscripts for this work in the writings files; it is possible that there are some drafts filed in the alphabetical files in Series III. The series does contain manuscripts and proofs related to Crist’s book, The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl: Judith Crist's TV Guide to the Movies , as well as some unpublished fiction from the early 1940s. Crist’s writing work for school magazines and publications is filed with her academic records in Subseries V.2.

The papers include audiovisual materials. The audio recordings are primarily related to the Tarrytown Film Festival (1970s-1980s). The video recordings include appearances, interviews, and spots by Crist, as well as video of her reviews for WOR-TV.

The collection includes some materials related to Crist’s work as an adjunct professor, and her involvement with alumni committees, at the Columbia University School of Journalism. The papers include administrative correspondence and memoranda, correspondence with former students, her class rules, and writing examples that she used in her class, "Personal and Professional Style".

The papers also include some biographical and personal material, including articles about Crist, academic records, address books, awards, biographical statements, cards, correspondence, drawings, interviews, photographs, scrapbooks, and mementos, which include caricatures of Crist and a few inscribed items.

While the majority of Crist’s papers are held at Columbia University, Crist also gave some papers to Syracuse University during her lifetime. The records held at Syracuse include additional correspondence, as well as copies of Crist’s published articles and reviews, television scripts, and annotated typescripts, particularly for the 1960s and early 1970s.

Series I: Review Files, 1931-2010

This series contains Crist’s movie and theater review files.

Subseries I.1: Movie Review Files, 1931-2010

This subseries contains Crist’s movie review files. These files contain press kits (cover folders and production information only; files do not include the production stills) and clippings of reviews. The clippings are primarily of reviews written by other critics, and clippings of Crist’s reviews are generally not included in these files. The review files do include scripts for reviews that Crist did for television.

Series II: Writings includes volumes of clippings with Crist’s print reviews.

Series VI: Audiovisual Materials includes video recordings of Crist’s reviews for television, particularly for those done for WOR-TV.

Subseries I.2: Theater Reviews, 1961-1999

This subseries contains Crist’s theater review files. These files contain playbills and other informational materials, clippings of reviews by other critics, and copies of the scripts for Crist’s reviews for television.

Series II: Writings, 1930s-2007

This series contains advertisements featuring quotes by Crist, as well as articles, clippings, columns, manuscripts, and proofs.

Written assignments and articles written as part of Crist’s academic work, or for school newspapers, are filed in Subseries V.2: Academic Records.

Subseries II.1: Articles and Clippings, 1930s-1993, 2006-2007

This subseries contains copies of Crist’s published articles, columns, and reviews.

The files include by-line files, clippings files, and volumes containing copies of her articles, columns, and reviews for specific publications such as the New York Herald Tribune , New York Magazine , Saturday Review , and TV Guide .

Subseries II.2: Other Manuscripts, 1940s-1967

This subseries primarily contains unpublished fiction manuscripts from the 1940s. The subseries also includes manuscripts and a printer’s proof for The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl: Judith Crist's TV Guide to the Movies .

Series III: Alphabetical Files, 1940s-2012

These files are a blend of correspondence and subject files. Files include brochures, correspondence (incoming as well as carbons of Crist’s responses), cards, clippings, flyers, itineraries, invitations, meeting minutes, memos, notes, programs, and various informational materials.

Series IV: Columbia University, 1959-2012

This series contains class notebooks, committee records, correspondence, essays, memoranda, and teaching materials.

The class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA privacy guidelines.

Subseries IV.1: Administrative and Correspondence Files, 1959-2009

This subseries contains records related to Crist’s teaching appointments and activities, including appointment letters, correspondence, and official memoranda.

The subseries also contains records related to alumni committees for the Columbia University School of Journalism, as Crist was active in these committees.

In addition, Crist kept files of student correspondence: these contain correspondence with students who kept in touch with her over the years, and do not include correspondence with her current students.

Subseries IV.2: Teaching Files, 1965-2012

This subseries contains class notebooks and teaching materials.

The class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA privacy guidelines.

The teaching materials include her class rules, and articles and writing samples that she used with her classes. The files also include a set of student essays, all of which are undated and unmarked.

Series V: Personal and Biographical Material, 1934-2011 undated

This series contains biographical materials, academic records, address and telephone books, correspondence, drawings, photographs, programs, scrapbooks, and mementos.

Subseries V.1: Biographical Materials, 1940-2010 undated

This subseries contains articles, biographical statements, clippings, and interviews relating to Crist.

Subseries V.2: Academic Records, 1934-1941, undated

This subseries contains records related to Crist’s work at Morris High School and Hunter College. The records include class notes, correspondence, diplomas, essays, yearbooks, and copies of student magazines and newspapers for which Crist was contributor or editor.

Subseries V.3: Address Books, Appointment Books, Calendars, Routine Books, Telephone Logs, 1957-2010, undated

This subseries contains address books, appointment books, desk calendars, telephone directories, and telephone logs.

Subseries V.4: Photographs, 1940s-2011, undated

This subseries contains both personal and professional photographs.

Subseries V.5: Personal Correspondence and Files, 1940s- 2002, undated

This subseries contains personal cards and correspondence, as well as cartoons, poems, and files related to her "annual survival party" and her wedding.

Subseries V.6: Scrapbooks, Drawings, and Mementos, 1934- 2003, undated

This subseries contains drawings and scrapbooks created by Crist, as well as mementos received from others.

The mementos include caricatures and drawings of Crist, as well as advertisements thanking Crist, programs, and an inscribed photograph and an inscribed book.

Subseries V.7 Awards, 1951-2003

This subseries includes various award certificates, plaques, and other objects received by Crist.

Series VI: Audiovisual Materials, 1972-1985, undated

This series contains audio and video recordings. The recordings include interviews, reviews, and spots by Crist, as well as material related to the Tarrytown Film Weekends.

Subseries VI.1: Audio Recordings, 1972-1985, undated

This subseries contains audio of what appears to be primarily interviews, discussion sessions, and other programming that formed part of Crist’s Tarrytown Film Weekends.

Subseries VI.2 Video Recordings, 1970, 1982- 1987, undated

This subseries contains U-matic videocassettes of Crist’s reviews for WOR-TV and DVD copies of appearances, interviews, reviews, spots by Crist. A list of Crist’s WOR reviews is included in the box with the U-matic videocassettes, and an index of reviews done for WOR and WWOR is filed in Box 91.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions, except that class notebooks are restricted in accordance with FERPA guidelines.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Judith Crist Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 2014-2016 by Catherine C. Ricciardi and Emily Burns, (GSAS 2018)

Finding aid written December 2016 by Catherine C. Ricciardi

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion December 9, 2016 Finding aid written in English
    2016-12-09 File created.
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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Columbia University--Graduate School of JournalismPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Crist, JudithPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
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Critics--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
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Film criticismPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
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JournalismPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Newspapers--Sections, columns--ReviewsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Television criticismPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theater critics--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women authors, AmericanPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women film critics--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women journalists--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Judith Crist, née Klein, was born in Manhattan, New York, on May 22, 1922. Crist attended Morris High School in the Bronx, and earned a B.A. degree from Hunter College in 1941, and a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School in Journalism in 1945.

She began her career at the New York Herald-Tribune in 1945, starting as the assistant to the women’s editor. She later became a general assignment reporter, and won a George Polk Award in 1951 for her education coverage.

Crist stayed at the New York Herald Tribune until it became the World Journal Tribune and ceased publication shortly thereafter in 1967. She began writing theater reviews for the paper in 1957, while continuing to cover news, and became arts editor in 1960. Three years later, during a newspaper strike, she reviewed movies and theater for WABC, and her talent was noticed by the Today Show, which hired her as a theater and film critic the following year. After the strike, Crist became the film critic for New York Herald Tribune in 1963, the first woman to be a full time film critic at a major newspaper. She was also the founding critic at New York Magazine, which began as a Sunday supplement for the Tribune in 1963, and became an independent publication in 1968.

Throughout the 1970s-1990s, Crist worked as a critic in both print and television. She was the film critic for TV Guide (1966-1988), a critic-at-large for the Ladies Home Journal (1966-1967), and also wrote reviews for Saturday Review and Coming Attractions magazine. She also published a collection of reviews, The Private Eye, the Cowboy, and the Very Naked Girl: Movies from Cleo to Clyde (1968). On television, she continued as a critic for the Today Show (1964-1973), and later reviewed films for WOR-TV Channel 9. She also held Judith Crist Film Weekends in Tarrytown, New York (1971-2006) during this time period.

Crist continued to work in journalism outside of her work as a critic. She taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism for over fifty years (1958-2012) and was also active in the school’s alumni association and committees. In addition, Crist continued to write articles on topics outside of theater and film throughout her career.

She married William Crist (1912-1993), a public relations consultant, in 1947, and they had one son, Steven Crist.

Crist died in New York City on August 8, 2012.

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