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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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Postwar Blues

Postwar Blues

(p.327) 32 Postwar Blues
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Iris Barry's life as the war came to a close in 1945. Iris found herself confronted with a multitude of new challenges, including constant worries about money. Pressures for funding the Film Library, always stressful, were but part of the peculiar finances of the Museum as a whole. However, the entire Museum, its Film Library included, had long been dependent on too few patrons to be entirely viable. After its eight-year Rockefeller grant ran out in 1943, the Film Library came to be viewed as a sizable liability to the Museum. Overall estimate of the deficit for the period from 1935 to 1947 stood at $368,554. Clearly there was pressure for the Film Library to become more self-sufficient.

Keywords:   Film Library, Museum of Modern Art, fundraising, Dick Abbott, International Federation of Film Archives

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