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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Creator: Godowsky, Leopold, 1900-1989
Source - dnr: Naylor, Thurman F. (Jack), 1919-2007
Source - dnr: Starr, Enid Maslon, 1930-2013
Creator - rth: Mees, C. E. Kenneth (Charles Edward Kenneth), 1882-1960
Creator: Mannes, Leopold, 1899-1964
Creator: Godowsky, Frances Gershwin, 1906-1999
Title: Leopold Godowsky Jr. collection
ID: RRML.SC0033
Date [inclusive]: 1900-1989, undated
Date [bulk]: 1925-1965
Physical Description: 21 Linear Feet 38 document boxes, 1 flat box. Two record boxes of unprocessed photographic material.
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection comprises the professional and personal papers of Leopold Godowsky Jr. (1900-1983), co-inventor of Kodachrome film and employee of the Eastman Kodak Company (1930-1939). Material dates from 1900 to 1989 and includes correspondence, notes, photographs, and negatives, as well Godowsky's extensive research materials. Also includes correspondence and receipts documenting portions of Godowsky’s travel in Europe, and the construction of Stony Point, his estate in Westport, Connecticut.

Scope & Contents: This collection comprises the professional and personal papers of Leopold Godowsky Jr. (1900-1983),
a highly regarded musician and co-inventor of Kodachrome film and employee of the Eastman Kodak Company (1930-1939). The papers document the extensive scientific research conducted by Godowsky and his partner Leopold Mannes and include correspondence, notes, photographs, and negatives, as well as subject files used for research. The material in the collection dates from 1900 to 1987, with the bulk representing the years 1925 to 1965. Godowsky's research in the 1960s seeking to improve the mechanisms of color photography development is also documented in his professional papers.

Godowsky's personal papers consist of financial and legal records, correspondence and receipts documenting portions of Godowsky’s travel in Europe, and the construction of Stony Point, his estate in Westport, Connecticut. The collection also includes letters from Frances Gershwin Godowsky to her husband, and ephemera related to her work as an artist.


Creation of this finding aid was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-30-15-0019-15.