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Bosley Crowther photographs and negatives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 144

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 166 photographs and 57 nitrate negatives related to Bosley Crowther's career and personal life. Images were taken between the 1950s and 1970.


  • approximately 1950-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Negatives. Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Access

Photographs. Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Bosley Crowther, otherwise known as Francis Bosley Crowther Jr., was born in Lutherville, Baltimore, Maryland, on July 13, 1905, to parents Francis Bosley Crowther and Eliza Hay Leisenring. He attended schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Later he attended Woodbury Forest School in Woodbury, Virginia. After high school Bosley was educated at Princeton University. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to New York, and took up a job at the New York Times, where he worked as a film critic from 1940 until his retirement in 1967. Bosley was known as a renowned film critic and influenced television and media from the time he started at the New York Times. He was especially well known from the 1950's until the late 1960's and served as the president of the New York Film Critics. After receiving one of the first screen writer's guild awards, he retired in 1968. Bosley married his wife Florence H. Marks on January 20, 1933, and they had one child. He died March 7, 1981, in Mount Kisco, New York.


2 oversize folders (0.04 linear ft.)

10 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Florence Crowther in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Florence Crowther; 1981.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the Bosley Crowther papers (MSS 1491).

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; July 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to archival folders for preservation.

Register of Bosley Crowther photographs and negatives
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 Novmber 23
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States