James Layton

Researching The Dawn of Technicolor: Simple Steps for Finding the Unexpected

James Layton is a historian and archivist specializing in motion picture technology, in particular the development of colour and widescreen in the 1920s and 1930s. Layton is a graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, and is presently working as Manager of the Film Preservation Centre of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

In his talk, James Layton considers the methodological approaches he adopted throughout his research project on the early history of Technicolor. In particular, he provides practical advice on how to plan, conduct and organise your archival research.


Useful Sources


  • Layton, James and David Pierce. The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935. Rochester, NY: George Eastman House, 2015.