Jeff Britting

Physical and Analog Archivist, Ayn Rand Archives
Ayn Rand Institute

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  • Ayn Rand Biography
  • Impact Of Rand
  • Objectivist Esthetics

Jeff Britting is one of the leading authorities on Ayn Rand’s life and cultural impact. A filmmaker whose work includes Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, a 1997 Academy Award™ nominee for Best Documentary Feature, he is the author of the 2004 short biography Ayn Rand, the first biographical work based on unrestricted access to the Ayn Rand Papers (held at the Ayn Rand Archives). Mr. Britting was curator of the Ayn Rand Archives at ARI from 2012 to 2018 and an Archivist from 1998 to 2011. Mr. Britting returned to ARI in the role of Physical and Analog Archivist in 2020.

In 2013 Mr. Britting’s stage adaptation of Rand’s novel Anthem ran Off-Broadway in New York City at the Baryshnikov Art Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater. His stage, film and written works have been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, High Performance, Drama-Logue, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, The Washington Post and the London Review of Books. He has been interviewed by the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Casa Vogue, the San Francisco Examiner and has appeared on BBC, NPR, C-SPAN and numerous other radio programs nationally.

Mr. Britting specializes in Ayn Rand’s intellectual development and her cultural/esthetic impact. He has curated manuscript exhibits at the Los Angeles Public Library; Nabokov House in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Chapman University.  Mr. Britting received a BA in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982.

Career Roles

Physical and Analog Archivist

  • Ayn Rand Archives
    2020 – present


  • Programming & Collection Development
    Ayn Rand Archives
    2012 – 2018


  • Department Manager
    Ayn Rand Archives
    1998 – 2011


  • Film Projects
    A G Media Corporation, Ltd.
    1994 – 1997


  • 1989 – 1993

Selected Works


Ayn Rand  December 29, 2004


“Ayn Rand, an Introduction”

“History of the Campus Club Movement”

“The Value of the Ayn Rand Archives”

“Ayn Rand: An Illustrated Life”

Film Comments: “Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Film Comments: “Love Letters

Film Comments: “The Fountainhead

Film Comments: “We the Living

Exhibit Gallery Talk: “Celebrating We the Living and For the New Intellectual

Exhibit Gallery Talk: “Ayn Rand in Hollywood”

Exhibit Gallery Talk: “The Ideas of Atlas Shrugged