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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 499

Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker correspondence with Cecile Starr

Correspondence of animators Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker with their American representative and friend Cecile Starr and promotional material on Alexeieff's animation films.


  • 1962-1982

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, French, and Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Correspondence of Alexandre Alexeieff and his wife and collaborator Claire Parker with their American agent and friend Cecile Starr and her family. Matters discussed include: promoting Alexeieff's films in America, including Night on bald mountain and The nose; film and publication rights and payments for his illustrations to Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov; discussions of technical aspects of animation; as well as private concerns of both families.

Collection also includes videotapes with copies of Alexeieff's movies, and promotional material on Alexeieff's animation films assembled by Cecile Starr.

Biographical / Historical

Alexandre Alexeieff (1901-1982) was born in Russia, into a diplomat's family. He spent his early childhood in Istanbul. In 1921 he left Russia for France, where he began his career as a designer, book illustrator, and animator. In 1930 he met Claire Parker (1906-1981), an American art student living in Paris. Together they formed a lifelong partnership working on animated films, while Alexeieff also continued working as an illustrator of Russian and Western classics.

Cecile Starr (1921-) is an American film scholar, film maker, and producer. She has worked as a film critic, teacher, lecturer and promoter over a period of five decades. She was married to American film director and screen writer, Aram Boyajian.


Arranged into two series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Additional material

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-140. Purchased from Cecile Starr, 35 Strong Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401; received: 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin and Jonathan Gray
Link to catalog
Alexeieff, Alexandre, 1901-1982. Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker correspondence with Cecile Starr, 1962-1982: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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