Finding Aid of the Walter Beyer Papers
Finding Aid of the Walter Beyer PapersUCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
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- Wide screen process and stereo sound data (Boxes 1-2).
- 3-D (Box 3).
- Cordova Mark I projector (Box 4).
- Motion Picture Research Council (Box 5).
- Mardovan method of film conservation (Box 6).
- American Society of Cinematographers (Boxes 7-8).
- Completed files (Boxes 9-11).
- Traveling matte process photography and blue screen system (Boxes 12-13).
- Film and processing data (Boxes 14-15).
- Lighting and lamp data (Boxes 16-18).
- Theater screen data (Box 19).
- American Standards Association (Boxes 20-21).
- Blueprints, graphs, charts (Boxes 22-24).
- Software (Boxes 25-28).
- Catalogues, brochures, and manuals (Boxes 29-40).
- Correspondence, flicker and shutter data, photographs and negatives (Box 41).
- Materials (Boxes 42-44, 47).
- Slide boxes (Boxes 45-46).
- Oversize materials (Box 48).
- 88 reels of 8, 16, 35, and 70mm film (Turned over to Bob Epstein and the UCLA film archives).
Wide Screen Process and Stereo Sound Data
Photograph: Motion picture research council cinemascope optical track projector alignment film.
70mm WW instalation survey.
Notebook: Dimension 150.
35/70 Universal Super 70; Todd-AO; Super Panavision; 35 PV tests and print ups (August 11, 1967).
35/70 Universal Super 70 (low key test plus T-color lens test. September 14, 1967).
International projectionist article no.1.
Techniscope (2.35/1 vs. 1.85/1).
70mm drive-in operation.
Wide screen information (general, domestic, and foreign).
William the Conqueror (film).
Cinemascope 35 and Super C-scope 55.
Arc 120 system.
Booklet: Wide screen motion picture systems (SMPTE, 1965).
Wide screen information-non-standard.
Miscellaneous materials: 23 items, including stereo sound information.
American Cinematographer, May 1962.
From small screen to wide screen and back to television -- wide screen tutorial.
Panavision 35mm to 70mm.
Panavision brightness meter.
Vicom, selection chart for 70mm projection lens (1960) Hilux motion picture test chart.
The MCS - 70 camera.
Bell and Howell Company, VistaVision camera proposal (April 30, 1954) VistaVision cameras (May 11, 1954).
Motion Picture Research Council (MPRC) 3-D calculator.
“Pantages Special,” the results of a 1961 test of two 35mm images projected on 70mm film.
MPRC bulletin: “Photography of 3-D stereoscopic motion pictures” (April 17, 1953); Direction for the use of the motion picture research council 3-D calculator.
Article: “The stereoscopic art,” John A. Norling, APSA (1951-52).
Blueprints from Paramount pictures.
Article: “A simple formula for taking stereoscopic motion pictures,” Armin J. Hill (October 1, 1952)
Articles: “Summarizing report on 3-D cameras,” Walter Beyer (March 22, 1953).
“The shape of stereoscopic images,” John T. Rule, (November 7, 1940).
“Stereoscopic photography,” Richard T. Kriebel (1943).
MPRC Informational Bulletins (no.1-4), 1953
no.1: “Exhibition of stereoscopic motion pictures” (February 19, 1953).
no.2: “Recommendation to projectionists for showing stereoscopic 3-D motion pictures” (April 2, 1953).
no.3: “Recommendations on laboratory and exchange procedures for 3-D motion picture release prints” (April 3, 1953).
no.4: “Recommendations for interlocking projectors for 3-D pictures for stereoscopic sound” (April 8, 1953).
Blueprint: stereo lens separation -- two model “D” cameras.
The Cordova Mark I Projector
U.S. patent material for the Cordova Mark I projector (Walter Beyer, inventor).
Related descriptive materials.
Bluprints, photographs, negatives, etc.
Notebook: cartridge projection.
Material on other cartridge systems.
Motion Picture Research Council - Miscellaneous Data
Annual report, September 31, 1958-October 1, 1959.
Catalog of test films (July 1957); subject index of bulletins and reports (bulletin no.1-305; September 1947-June 1959).
Research Council Industry Practice, no.1-36.
Catalog of test film (August 1, 1959).
“An improved drive-in screen,” Petros Vlahos (October 21, 1954).
Notebook: Informational bulletins.
Second report on MPRC theater liaison program (October 1958).
First statistical compilation of data from MPRC theater liaison program; instruction sheet for 35mm all-purpose projector alignment film.
Chart: cinemascope optical track projector alignment film; chart: all purpose projector alignment film [10 items]; 35mm strips of test film.
Resolution test chart materials.
Report: preliminary analysis of the use of video tape (April 17, 1959).
Bulletin: Eidophor - large screen television (June 30, 1952).
Mardovan Method of Film Conservation
Preliminary report to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Patent copies discussed in preliminary report to the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences (vol.1).
Patent copies discussed in preliminary report to the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences (vol.2).
MPRC report no.58.109: film conservation (August 30, 1948); re-evaluation of MPRC report no.58.109A (1958).
American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
Daily folder on pending matter.
ASC recommendations no.1-17.
ASC industry news forum.
no.1: screen brightness (review rooms).
no.2: 65mm camera aperture.
no.3: daily focus chart.
no.4: television-finder markings.
no.5: the case of DC-restoration in B&W television home receivers.
no.6: double frame camera aperture dimensions.
no.7: Cinerama camera aperture discussions.
no.8: release methods of flat and anamorphic theatrical pictures on television.
no.9: 35mm exposure areas and camera apertures.
no.11: title area for wide screen (flat) theatrical films.
no.1: general comments re screen brightness level for review rooms.
no.2: general comments re 65 mm camera aperture.
no.3: general comments re focusing chart for daily rushes.
no.4: general comments re safe action and safe title areas for 35mm films for television release in B&W and color.
no.5: general comments re improvements for B&W film presentation on television.
no.6: general comments re double-frame camera aperture dimensions.
no.7: general comments re Cinerama camera printer and projector aperture dimensions and angular field coverage data.
no.8: release method of wide screen (flat) TA print on television.
no.9: general comments re 35mm camera aperture dimensions.
no.10: specifications for full screen to Academy aperture reduction [notes].
no.11: safe title area for wide screen (1.85:1) and anamorphic (2.35:1) theatrical release prints.
no.12: 35mm double-frame-format wide screen systems - VistaVision and Technirama.
no.13: general comments re the “Techniscope” wide screen system.
no.13: additional data.
no.14: general comments re ground glass and/or finder markings for the 65mm/70mm wide screen systems Todd-AO and Ultra Panavision 70; related material.
no.15: 35mm composition area and ground-glass markings for print-up from 2:1 anamorphic camera originals to 70mm release prints.
no.15-17 re 35mm to 70mm print up.
no.16: 35mm composition area and ground glass markings for print-up from techniscope linear (flat) camera originals to 70mm release prints.
no.17: 35mm composition area and ground glass markings for print-up from 1.85:1 wide screen camera originals to 70mm release prints.
ASC manual re-write.
Uncorrected draft of material presented at traveling matte symposium (October 16, 1962) and other ASC data.
Completed Files (Miscellaneous)
Askania 35mm cameras.
Silver recovery (Eastman).
Studio Hamburg, North German radio and television.
Viscomat and processing.
Black and white to color.
Expo '67 information I.
Picture quality: film vs. television.
Sodium vapor systems.
Television vs. wide screen, paper no.2.
Television - general.
Color films for television; products and release; SMPTE mat.
Master projection file.
Prices and economic evaluations.
Big screen color and black and white television.
Zoom lens information and patent.
Electronic beam recorder.
SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers).
Nomenclature and flow charts.
Ranger II spacecraft.
Theater information folder.
Technical file on Universal's Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Photoplastic and thermoplastic systems.
Walter Beyer employment file.
Traveling Matte Process Photography and Blue Screen System
Traveling matte system.
Sodium traveling matte system.
Color difference, traveling matte system.
Front projection information.
Original research: front projection, M-G-M London, February 22, 1968.
MPRC description, patents, and correspondence.
Notebook: “Blue screen article.”
Notebook: Report of subcommittee on color traveling matte color photography.
Art work for blue screen article.
Walter Beyer: “Traveling matte photography and the blue screen system--a tutorial paper.”
MPRC bulletin: a description of traveling matte systems (May 25, 1959).
Stanford research institute: a proposal for research: To Develop a Method of Process Background Photography, (January 8, 1950).
MPRC bulletin: traveling matte composite photography (August 6, 1951).
MPRC report: front projection process photography with scotchlite (August 6, 1951).
Draft memorandum re tests conducted on traveling matte at the Universal-International studio, December 21, 1950 (December 27, 1950).
Draft: traveling matte processes.
Notes on Universal-International test for traveling matte using scotchlite backing and infra-red illumination (March 17, 1952).
Status report on traveling matte composite photography (May 9, 1951).
Traveling matte (April 19, 1954).
Traveling mattes (November 8, 1950).
Memorandum on traveling matte processes (December 28, 1950).
“Traveling matte composition,” a speech for Mr. Irving Ries of M-G-M.
Color difference traveling matte system using the blue screen.
Appendix 1 (58.428): difficulties with present traveling matte processes.
Appendix 2 (58.428): advantages and disadvantages of various separation systems.
Appendix 3: proposals for improving traveling matte process (May 15, 1956).
Appendix 4: correspondence (reference 58.428).
Photographs and negatives.
Charts, graphs, blueprints.
Rough draft: self matting composite photography; minutes of meeting: traveling matte task group (58.428) [May 12, 1955].
Film and Film Processing Data
Articles: A systematic approach to the mass production of commercial super 8 prints.
Design consideration for a high efficiency contact motion picture printer with magnetic sound transfer and monitoring.
Technicolor display folder.
“Rapid access methods in the U.S.,” John H. Jacobs, article and bibliography.
RR colorplus bibliography (first draft).
Notebook: colorvision: a new additive color system for motion picture photography.
“Highlight and shadow transfer problems between film and television,” Harold P. Field, given May 4, 1962.
Catalogs and advertisements.
Catalogs and advertisements.
Solarized stills and negatives.
Type of work executed on the Matipo-Color model “C-C” 1956
“Safety factors in camera exposures,” C.N. Nelson (July 1960).
“Experiences with cooled color emultions,” Arthur A. Hoag.
“Measuring photographic speed,” J.L. Tupper.
Graphs, charts, blueprints.
An experiment in 3mm.
“Was ist solarisation?” [Gr.] Marta Hoepffner and negatives.
“Alex J. Kovaleff's photos” by Guiseppe Turroni.
Data on Polaroid color.
Photographs and negatives.
Recommendations of the Association of Cinema Laboratories, Incorporated for the preparation of 16mm original material.
A modern laboratory for 16mm film, Solow and Reichard (SMPTE).
Price schedule, motion picture films for professional use (1968).
SMPTE “test films.”
SMPTE television test film: operating instructions (July 1953).
Scope and Content Note
Miscellaneous materials in foreign language.
Lighting and Lamp Data
The fundamentals of the xenon-high pressure arc lamp for motion picture projection.
Zeiss-Ikon xenon installation and performance information.
Xenon lamp; Bauer.
Philips SSP pulsing discharge lamp.
Xenon information; physics.
“L'arc eleqtrique intensif,” J. Parisot (1950).
Journal of the SMPTE article: “Now portable high intensity arc “spotlight,” Russell J. Ayling (vol.53, October 1949).
Journal of the SMPTE article: “A-C high intensity arc slide Projector,” Arthur J. Hatch (vol.59, October 1952).
Orsam [Gr.] (high pressure xenon lamp information booklets, specifications, etc.).
First draft of an informational bulletin on light intenerator. “Lighting for high speed photography,” P.T. Cahill (December 1954).
Booklets: General Electric - florescent lamps.
General Electric - mercury lamps.
General Electric - incandescant lamps.
General Electric - fundamentals of lights and lighting.
Notebook: National (Union) Carbide Company, “National projector carbon bulletins.”
Charts, graphs, blueprints.
Material in foreign language (miscellaneous).
Sample of polacoat Lenscreen and standard diffusion screen; Polacoat rigid Lenscreen panel.
General Electric Company, District conference paper, “Lighting for tommorrow's aircraft” (February 25, 1957).
“A new heat-developable motion picture print film,” Noel R. Bacon and Robert B. Lindemeyer. reprint from Journal of SMPTE (vol.73, March 1964).
Catalogs, pricelists, and advertisements.
Theater Screen Data
“More screen light from your equipment for drive-ins and large screens, both 3-D and 2-D,” Paramount pictures Corporation (July 3, 1953).
MPRC “Progress report on all-purpose theater screens” (August 5, 1953).
Price list: Knox audio-visual projection screens.
Bode screen company.
Sample of Walker hi gain white screen.
Porta pro screen advertisements.
Data on the Walker Hi gain white screen.
Vicra-lite lenticular screen advertisement and sample.
Radiant screen advertisements.
Petros Vlahos, “Selection and specification of rear projection Screens.” (December 15, 1960).
“Report on screen brightness,” SMPTE (December 1951).
Screen brightness symposium, SMPTE, August 1953.
Armin J. Hill, “Analysis of background process screens.” SMPTE (July 1957).
MPRC informational bulletin no.9A: Tilt and curvature requirements for the MPRC aluminum drive in screen. Petros Vlahos (May 22, 1957).
MPRC informational bulletin no.6: Recommendations to projectionists for theater screen light checking procedure (July 3, 1953).
MPRC: Directional motion picture screens.
Journal of SMPTE (vol.64): Screen illumination as affected by projection lenses and projector optics, John R. Miles.
Chart: total possible screen illumination with a Peerless cinearc.
Miscellaneous materials, advertisements, etc.
American Standards Association
Notebook re American standards on motion pictures.
Notebook re ISO: international organization for standardization.
Location and size of picture aperture of 8mm motion picture cameras.
Dimensions for 16mm motion picture film, perforated 8mm, 2R-1500.
Magnetic coating of 8mm motion picture film.
[2 notebooks] re American standards.
Miscellaneous Blueprints, Graphs, Charts, etc.
Horizontal VistaVision projection width (Paramount engineering department).
Zoom lens attachment, MGM Pacific optical (September 1, 1953) [hand].
Verticle VistaVision .446 projection=1.85/1 for unified 1.66 top (Paramount).
Data for VistaVision lens angles (Paramount).
Verticle VistaVision, .497 projection=1.66/1 (Paramount).
VistaVision 35mm (paramount).
21.5s/35 VistaVision (Paramount).
45.9s/75 VistaVision (Paramount).
31.5s/50 VistaVision (Paramount).
Depth contrast (Paramount).
Leica camera blueprints.
Bausch and Lomb balter lens 40mm f/2.3.
Bausch and Lomb balter lens 35mm f/2.3.
Balter lens 50mm f/2.3: outside dimensions.
Balter lens 75mm f/2.3: outside dimensions.
51-17-55 Balter lens 100mm f/2.3: outside dimensions.
Xenotar f/2.8 F=150mm (Paramount).
Side elevation - stereo camera no.3.
Collapsable periscope (Paramount).
2 perf. Japanese projector.
Pulsing lens (Paramount).
2 perf. television .450 × .337 safe action area.
2 perf. camera aperture + 2 perf. theatrical finder .839 × .358.
35mm television safe action area .757 ODX .565.
2 perf. television + theatrical finder .839 × .358; .450 × .337.
Projector monitor meter box mounting platform (Technicolor motion picture corporation).
Projector light intensity monitoring meter (Technicolor motion picture corporation).
Projector monitor meter shield and lamp reflector (Technicolor motion picture corporation).
Pos. assem. and viewing equip. glass and filter detail (Technicolor motion picture corporation).
Projector light intensity monitoring meter box assembly (Technicolor motion picture corporation).
Buzz track dimensions.
Skip frame release print with optical sound; skip frame release print with magnetic sound.
2 frame camera with verticle magazine (Beyer, March 2, 1954).
Outline for Mitchell reflex sound blimp.
Moveable window section for 35mm projector liquid gate.
Miscellaneous Blueprints, Graphs, Charts, etc.
Miscellaneous blueprints, graphs, charts, etc.
Miscellaneous materials (Software)
Shoot and tape production method.
Kurzmitteilungen, April 1966.
Kurzmitteilungen, November 1966.
Studio Hamburg information.
Bavaria atelier gesellschaft MBH.
Lectures on physics, biophysics, and chemistry for high school teachers (1959).
Envelope of Hong Kong and Tokyo trip material, March 1967.
Envelope of exhibits from trip to Germany and England, January-February 1968.
U.S. department of commerce, “Electric current abroad,” loose leaf notebook pages (50) “Film to monitor Black & White.”
Stewart, David C., “The study of motion pictures in colleges and universities,” Educational record. vol.46, no.1, pp.33-67 Winter 1965 including bibliography.
Bradner, Hugh, “Bubble chambers,” 1960.
Investigation and key committee file.
Southern California chapter 1966 membership roster of the Society of Photographic scientists and engineers.
Directory of members of the Optical society of Southern California 1967, Southern California section of the optical society of America.
Bericht zur bekanntgabe des phonoscope systems and correspondence.
Mitchell Camera Corporation.
Silicone waxing for release prints.
Picture flicker references; consolidated list, July 1950.
D.&F. liquid heat reducing filter for 35/70mm motion picture projectors.
Installation instructions for heat reducing filters.
“High quality performance in TK-26 3-Vidicon film chains and how to get it,” by T.J. Shipferling and H.N. Kozanowski.
Beckamn and Whitley division of technical operations, incorporated. “Preliminary design objective 35mm cine camera system,” 1967.
Academy of motion picture arts and sciences: Awards for scientific or technical achievements 1930-1966, list by catagory index.
British kinematograph society, “Motion picture presentation manual.”
Catalogues, Brochures, & Manuals (Cameras and Projectors)
Arri - Arriflex materials.
Bell and Howell.
Chevereau magazines; Societe chevereau.
Miscellaneous catalogues and rental information.
Helmet camera and helicopter camera.
Catalogues, Brochures, & Manuals (Camera & Projectors) (Drive-In Equipment)
Frieske and Hoepfner.
Drive-in theater equipment.
Nippon Onkyo Seiki Company, Limited.
Miscellaneous articles and advertisements.
Miscellaneous photo clippings, photographs, etc.
Miscellaneous photos, clippings, articles, etc.
Catalogues, Brochures, & Manuals
Motiograph - mirrophonic sound systems equipment bulletin.
Motiograph S3 & S4 stereophonic sound systems for S1 sound systems.
Magnasync sound recording systems catalog.
Magnatech electronic company product catalog.
Ampex information kit.
Simplex sound systems installation instructions.
Operating instructions for Simplex XL single film stereophonic sound systems.
Harwald sound equipment data.
Philips sound equipment data.
Westrex Philips sound equipment data.
Lighting and lamps.
Catalogues, Brochures, & Manuals (Television & Radio)
RCA instructional manuals.
British Kinematography sound and television, SMPTE 103rd technical conference Los Angeles (vol.50, no.5, May 1968).
BBC engineering division monograph.
Photo Research Corporation.
W.A. Palmer Films, Incorporated.
Catalogues, Brochures, & Manuals (Industrial)
Ampex: method of waveform testing pulse and bar - “K” factor.
Abtronics product information.
Measurement and Data News.
Optical coating laboratory, Incorporated, “Creativity with thin film optical coating.”
Photo-sonics Incorporated (descriptions, data, & prices).
360 frames per second 70mm.
16mm - 1B rotary prism recording camera brochure.
Rolyn corporation manual of optics prepared for industry.
Tektronix instruction manual: cathode ray oscilloscope.
Siemens - Universal oszillograph.
Askania camera type 10850 for Askania cinetheodolites.
Litton industries electron tube division model 1019 & A116.
Design ideas reprint: “Optical system projects data on face of cathode ray tube.”
Fairchild oscilloscope camera.
Aviation Week and Space Technology.
Giovanni scientific corporation flight research division, correspondence and materials.
EOTS equipment (electronic optical tracking system) booklet.
Flight Research, Incorporated, data.
McDonnell aircraft photo - optical achivements; direct radar scope camera.
“Charts show what man can endure in space.”
Image dynamics in science and medicine.
Bolex reporter, “Motion pictures in medicine/reseach.”
EMX electron microprobe X-ray analyzer.
X-ray fluorescence and optical emisson.
Society of photo-optical instrumentation engineers journal featuring high speed photography, 1970.
Beckman & Whitley, Incorporated - framing camera data.
Photo-kinetics, Incorporated - “The most versatile rotating prism high speed motion picture cameras.”
Reprint of ISA transactions, 1966, “Introduction to high speed photographic instrumentation.”
Electro-optical instruments, Incorporated, Kerr cell framing cameras.
Laser Technology, March 1968.
Spectra physics gas laser model 130.
Infared industries, Incorporated.
Red lake laboratories, miscellaneous materials.
Ealing optical services, 1968-1969.
Recording cameras: Automax model G.
Recording cameras: Agfa.
Recording cameras: Cinerama camera Corporation.
Recording cameras: Millipulse data recorder.
Catalogues, Brochure, & Manuals (Lenses)
List of 16mm & 35mm camera lenses & 16mm projection lenses.
Optical coating laboratory, Incorporated: Multilayer antireflection coating.
Taylor, Hobson, and Cooke.
Hilux (Projection optics Company).
Bausch and Lomb.
Robert M. Lynn (Rolyn Company).
Catalogues, Brochures, & Manuals (Assorted)
Evershed Power Optics Limited.
NCR (National cash register Company, electronics division).
Philips: Audio video technik.
DAVI - San Diego convention, April 24-28, 1966.
Cenco audio-visual catalog.
Correspondence, Flicker and Shutter Data, Miscellaneous Photographs & Negatives
Correspondence and related miscellaneous materials.
R. Howard Cricks, “Shutter efficiency and flicker,” Ideal Kinema May 6, 1937.
Karl Marbe, “Flicker theory,” Die Kinotechnik, September 20, 1935.
Blueprint: shutter characteristics (July 10, 1951).
Bluepoint: E-7 and super simplex double or rear single shutter alterations (June 16, 1952).
Bluepoint: XL simplex shutter alterations (May 16, 1952).
Bluepoint: Film flickering.
Miscellaneous materials and blueprints.
Miscellaneous Materials (Hardware)
Panavision brightness meter.
Philips cinema film length/showing time calculator.
Sylvania theatre, television & photographic lamp rule.
Hilux focal length rule.
Consolidated film industries running time/ footage/ cost estimateor.
Kelly ciné calculator.
Slides: Ashcraft lamp; Bauer dual film; Xenon doubles.
Bell and Howell electric eye slides.
Miscellaneous slides, transparencies, filmstrips etc.
Liquid gate transparencies.
Miscellaneous assorted film clippings.
Miscellaneous slides, re wide screen, drive-ins 70mm; project automation; turret.
35mm film leader, 1.5” roll.
70mm film leader, 1” roll.
Wood film splicer.
Kodak wratten gelatin filters.
Colored gelatine for the theater school and community playhouse.
Blue screen slides and transparencies.
Syvannia lighting handbook, 1967.
Miscellaneous diffusion materials.
Universal city studios box no.1: 50 assorted transparencies.
Universal studios box no.2: 48 assorted slides.
ASC overlays for 1.85/1 - television - aspect ratio.
Overlays from Dr. Gerhardt: negative-positive vs. reversal.
Technical information bulletin for Spartacus.
Blue transparent screen test data and materials.
Memorandum and patent application (1964-1966).
Graph: proposed new wide screen system: Universal super 70.
Blueprint: VistsVision standard single frame optical release print.
Blueprint: standard 16mm print from VistaVision negative.
Blueprint: VistaVision double frame print (standard).
Blueprint: VistaVision four track magnetic release print (on film with narrow perforations).
Blueprint: vistaVision double frame print: optical and magnetic sound (tentative).
Blueprint: VistaVision double frame print: optical multi-track sound (tentative).
MPRC resolution test chart (damaged).
Photograph and negatives .
Charts and blueprints .