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   Guide to the Gay Humphrey Matthaei and Francis B. Randall collection of Photographs, Films and Clippings. 1954-2010.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); The Matthaei/Randall Collection of Photographs, Films and Clippings.; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1773
Bib ID:11538327 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Matthaei, Gay Humphrey
Title:Guide to the Gay Humphrey Matthaei and Francis B. Randall collection of Photographs, Films and Clippings. 1954-2010.
Physical description:3 linear ft. (6 boxes and MC 15-K-5).
Language(s):In 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 original film is archival only and cannot be used.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in five series: Series I: Films; Series II: Scrapbook; Series III: Photographs, Postcards, and Thesis; Serie IV: Clippings and Printed Documents.

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Description

Scope and Content

Twelve reel of 16mm film and two cans of edited out footage, as well as article, clippings, letters, photographs, ephemera, and a thesis.

Series I: Films

Twelve reels of 16mm, black & white safety film and 2 cans of feel fragments

Series II: Scrapbook

The contents of one scrap book (scrap book itself not retained)

Series III: Photographs, Postcards, and Thesis

Series IV: Diary, Clippings and Printed Documents

Series V: Films from the collection of Francis B. Randall

Nine reels of 18mm, black & white safety film and 1 take up reel

See Series VI for use.

Series VI: Films from the collection of Francis B. Randall on CDs

Nine reels of 18mm film transferred to nine viewing CDs

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Using the Collection

Offsite

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.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This original film is archival only and cannot be used.

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); The Matthaei/Randall Collection of Photographs, Films and Clippings.; 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 8/21/2015 by PTL and Robert Davis

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion August 19, 2015 Finding aid written in English.
    2015-08-19 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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Acetate filmPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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Curran, Ted.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harriman Institute.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kerensky, Aleksandr Fyodorovich, 1881-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lidsky, Jeri.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Matthaei, Gay Humphrey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mount Holyoke College.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
OccupationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Randall, Fran.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russia--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Soviet Union--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

In August 1954, four graduate students from Columbia's Russian Institute--Gay Humphrey, Ted Curran, Jeri Lidsky, and Francis B. Randall--set off on an eight-week journey across the Soviet Union. They became, effectively, the first student tourist group to visit the USSR, just seventeen months after the death of Stalin and before Khrushchev had consolidated power. Although photography was carefully controlled in the USSR, they were allowed more or less free access to all save military and other secure installations.

Equipped with camera and film provided by CBS (and according to her obituary, by NBC as well), and Kodachrome provided by Time Magazine, (the undeveloped film was, alas, ultimately confiscated from Ms. Lidsky at the border) their observations and footage created a sensation back in the U.S.

Following their return, the students became celebrities, with Ms. Humphrey appearing with Eric Sevareid on CBS's "The American Week," and articles in the New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, and other publications. Ms. Humphrey and Mr. Curran went on the lecture circuit, with well-received presentations at many universities throughout the country.

All four participants went on to distinguished careers. Mr. Randall became a professor of history at Sarah Lawrence, while Mr. Curran embarked on a foreign service career. Ms. Lidsky's married name was Laber, and she became one of the founders of the human rights group Helsinki Watch. Columbia holds Ms. Laber's papers as a series within the Helsinki Watch records. Accounts of their trip appear in Ms. Laber's memoir "The Courage of Strangers" (2002, see pp. 35-45 available in-ebook form: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/columbia/detail.action?docID=10477865), and in an oral history interview by Mr. Curran. Mr. Randall published an article in the Amherst Alumni News in 1955 (a copy of which is found in Box 1, Folder 2, and it is referenced in a later note from the News.

Ms. Humphrey married Konrad Henry Matthaei, in 1956. She went on to write prize-winning books about the Lakota Sioux, and produced and directed a film "Where Time is a River" that was selected for inclusion in the MoMA Archive of Films.

The Matthaei Family was the subject of an extensive photo shoot by Diane Arbus, subsequently donated to Mount Holyoke, Gay's alma mater.

Gay Humphrey Matthaei died in 2010. This collection is a gift from her daughter, Marcella Hague Matthaei.

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