Guide to the “The Great Russian” Production Films 1960
Archives 325

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Watson, Cal.
Title
“The Great Russian” Production Films
ID
Archives 325
Date
1960
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
1 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
In 1960, Cal Watson produced a 30 minute film titled “The Great Russian” about Russian author Leo Tolstoy in observance of the 50th anniversary of Tolstoy's 1910 death. The collection consists of ten reels of film apparently used to produce “The Great Russian,” including the interview with Tolstoy’s daughter (on two reels).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] “The Great Russian” Production Films, 1960 (Archives 325)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

In 1960, Cal Watson produced a 30 minute film titled “The Great Russian” about Russian author Leo Tolstoy in observance of the 50th anniversary of Tolstoy's 1910 death. During the creation of this film, Watson interviewed Tolstoy’s daughter, Alexandra Tolstaya. The film was scripted and narrated by WSU News Bulletin editor Henry Grosshans. It first aired in November of 1960.

Cal Watson had begun working with KWSC radio in 1950, and then with KWSC-TV in various capacities from the 1962-1963 school year forward. He was Director of KWSU-TV when he left WSU in 1969.

A very small amount of further information on the film can be found in the late November / early December 1960 issues of the WSU News Bulletin (WSU 115).

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of ten reels of film apparently used to produce “The Great Russian,” including the interview with Tolstoy’s daughter (on two reels). Though the original negative of the film is present, there appears to be full no playable positive. The titling of each reel within the collection is recorded here as it was given when it was transferred to MASC.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged solely for ease of storage and preservation, save that multi-part items have been placed together sequentially.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright applies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was received at the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) from Lee Fruits of the Instructional Media Center on June 26, 1989 and accessioned as UA1989-18.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 2012 by Susan Vetter, Mark O'English, and Katrina Burch.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910.

Subject(s)

  • Literature

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Collection Inventory

Reel

Cal Watson interviewing Alexandra Tolstaya 

1.1

Cal Watson interviewing Alexandra Tolstaya 

1.2

"The Original negative film" 

2

"Tolstoy – printed Mask ‘A’ – Tail Reel" 

3.1

"Tolstoy – printed Mask ‘A’ – Tail Reel" 

3.2

"Washington State University – Tolstoy – Pix A – B/W – Tail Reel – Prints from head – Light #7" 

4.1

"Washington State University – Tolstoy – Pix A – B/W – Tail Reel – Prints from head – Light #1" 

4.2

"Sound Tolstoy B-Wind" 

5

"Tolstoy footage – Workprint-CC 203-Washington State University" 

6

"ORIG Tail NEGPIX ORG 4-12" 

7