Ely Bronstein:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Dana Van Aert Pattrosson
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
(December 12, 2012)

Finding aid encoded by Dana Van Aert Pattrosson (December 12, 2012)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Ely Bronstein

Ely Bronstein Fonds


0.62 m of textual records. -- 530 photographs. --- 503 slides. -- 33 audio cassettes. -- 12 VHS cassettes.

MSS 348, PC 303, TC 170 (A.12-16)


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Biography of Ely Bronstein

Ely Bronstein was born on November 8, 1945 as one of the many Western foreigners in Shanghai at that time, known as “Shanghailanders”. Fearing the Chinese Communists’ anti-Western policies after their victory in 1949, the Bronstein family left the country, coming to Winnipeg in 1952, where Ely was first exposed to the 1937 Frank Capra film starring Ronald Colman, “Lost Horizon”. The movie struck a chord with Ely, speaking to his own spiritual beliefs as well as serving as a reminder of his Far Eastern heritage, and igniting his lifetime fascination with film and the film industry. Graduating with an Arts Degree in anthropology from the University of Manitoba in 1970, Bronstein retained his love of film, particularly with “Lost Horizon” and began his collection in 1982, assembling articles, documents, correspondences, photos, and artwork relating to the film, as well as others that interested him, such as the 1956 film, “Helen of Troy”.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of 895 items, most of the materials are photocopies of articles, documents, correspondences, photo groups or production stills that have been acquired from various magazines, newspapers, books, other film buffs. The vast majority of the collection relates to “Lost Horizon”, with a much smaller focus on the writer of the novel, James Hilton, and the star of the film Ronald Colman and some on film producer Frank Capra. The fonds is divided into the series Correspondences about the “Lost Horizon”, “Lost Horizon” biographies about James Hilton and Ronald Colman, "Lost Horizon” production photos, The "Lost Horizon" articles series contains newspaper, magazine and journal articles, as well as book excerpts, related to various "Lost Horizon" subjects, such as production, reception, cast and crew biographies and articles discussing James Hiltons other works. The visual media related to “Lost Horizon” has films based on other works by James Hilton or starring Ronald Colman, there is also information on Frank Capra’s life and the American film institute awards ceremony from 1984 that Capra won an award from. The audio associated to “Lost Horizon” series contains various primary sources such as interviews, theatre programs, soundtracks, prayers, and news reports. The next series contain photographs of “Lost Horizon”, production photos – pictures taken of the production processes or of members of the production crew, there is also stills taken of the and slides that were the originals for the stills from the movie. These slides also contain other stills from the movie along with production photos, advertising and publicity stills. All oversized items requiring larger boxes are included in the oversized items series.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged

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Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Index Terms





Document Types:


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Custodial History

The accession was donated by Ely Bronstein in 2012.

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Other Finding Aids

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Oversized Correspondence, re: “Lost Horizon” [ 1983-2005 ]

11 Sam Frank Correspondences 1983-1991
2-3 Alfred s. Keller 1983-1989
4-5 Kendall Miller & Kurt Kausler 1995-2005
26-9 Kendall Miller & Kurt Kausler 1995-2005

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Biographies of James Hilton & Ronald Colman 1928-1956
11 James Hilton Biography Ca.1930-195?
2 Ronald Colman Biography Ca.1920-195?
3 The Silver Flame by James Hilton 1928
3-4 James Hiltons writings in periodicals 1925-1956

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“Lost Horizon” Various Articles 1927-2004?
21 Souvenir Programs 1927-1941
2 “Lost Horizon” Miscellaneous Ca.1936
3 Review of “Chips” film & Photoplay mag Apr. 1937 W. Colman/ Wyatt Color picture 1937-1939
4 Book & movie reviews of “Lost Horizon” along with other miscellaneous materials 1933-1954
5 James Hilton Miscellaneous 1933-200?

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Oversized photos of “Lost Horizon” (PC 303) 1936-1989
11 Enlarged photos from slides Ca.1936-Ca.1937
2 Stills from” Lost Horizon” in slides Ca.1936-1989?
3 Production photos done by Alfred S. Keller Ca.1937-1989

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Video collection, re: “Lost Horizon” 1897-1947
21 Ronald Colman in other films 1937-1947
2 Frank Capras Life and achievements 1897-1991
3 “Lost Horizon” films & extras 1937-Ca.1990

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Audio Cassette collection associated with “Lost Horizon” (TC 170) 1936-199?
11 Interviews of cast & crew c a.1936-ca.1990
2 “Lost Horizon” musical score ca.1937-ca.1990
3 Ronald Colman in radio Shows ca.1930-194?
4 Film Critics thoughts on Frank Capra 1980-1991?
5 NBC Theater production of “Lost Horizon” ca.1948-ca.1977

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