Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

Things Past

Things Past

(p.369) 37 Things Past
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter details Iris Barry's efforts to make her farm a source of self-sufficiency as well as her continued involvement with members of the film industry. It also describes her personal relationship with McCarthyism. James Card, curator at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and a self-proclaimed cold warrior, viewed the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the archivist group Iris had cofounded, as a Communist enclave and “strongly politicized” during the 1950s. In the summer of 1953, Iris applied for a passport in Nice. Perhaps as a routine inquiry following such applications, a security clearance request made its way through the offices of the U.S. Department of State. It resulted in a curious snag. A March 1, 1954, State Department memorandum revealed that “The Department is in receipt of information to the effect that MRS. ABBOTT is suspected of being a Communist or a Communist sympathizer.” The memo went on to instruct the American Embassy in Paris to interview Iris in view of obtaining her views and sympathies toward Communism.

Keywords:   McCarthyism, International Federation of Film Archives, James Card, George Eastman House, State Department, Communist

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .