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 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Is there a comprehensive list available of where composers have left their personal papers (such as the Max Steiner papers at BYU, for example)?

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Is there a comprehensive list available of where composers have left their personal papers (such as the Max Steiner papers at BYU, for example)?

I believe Hugo Friedhofer's and Alex North's papers are there, too.


Alfred Newman's are at USC.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 7:55 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Any idea where the papers for David Raksin, Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa or Jerry Fielding might be?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

Fielding's papers are also at Brigham Young. Elmer Bernstein's are housed at USC, and Miklós Rózsa's are at Syracuse University. Leonard Rosenman's are over at NYU, though their collection consists mostly of music, with very little correspondence available. No idea about Raksin's papers, but I believe they're under the purview of the Film Music Society.

Fred Steiner's papers seem to be split between Brigham Young and the University of Oregon (where, among other things, you can find his scores for the television version of "The Miracle Worker.")

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Thanks for the information. I assumed USC would have Raksin's material since he taught there for so many years. I need to check there and with the Film Music Society to see what is available.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Thanks for the information. I assumed USC would have Raksin's material since he taught there for so many years. I need to check there and with the Film Music Society to see what is available.

Raksin was shipping his "The Subject Was Film Music" radio show tapes to the Library of Congress back in the middle 80's, so I'd check there, too.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Is there a comprehensive list available of where composers have left their personal papers (such as the Max Steiner papers at BYU, for example)?

Sadly, such things don't exist, unless mopes like us make them.

I was asking an archivist at the Boston Public Library a similar question about collections (mine to do with radio), namely, if there is a list of "performing arts archives" so I could narrow down my research. She replied that there was not.

She also gave me a cute answer (which I took the right way, actually): "That's why it's called 'research.'"

So the upshot is I'm going to have to search out a bunch of different possibilities about a certain radio producer to see where his papers went, assuming the family did donate them.

(BTW, you might also look for Raksin in his home state, and where he went to school.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

UC Santa Barbara houses most of Bernard Herrmann's output.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 10:08 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Is there a comprehensive list available of where composers have left their personal papers (such as the Max Steiner papers at BYU, for example)?

Sadly, such things don't exist, unless mopes like us make them.

I was asking an archivist at the Boston Public Library a similar question about collections (mine to do with radio), namely, if there is a list of "performing arts archives" so I could narrow down my research. She replied that there was not.

She also gave me a cute answer (which I took the right way, actually): "That's why it's called 'research.'"

So the upshot is I'm going to have to search out a bunch of different possibilities about a certain radio producer to see where his papers went, assuming the family did donate them.

(BTW, you might also look for Raksin in his home state, and where he went to school.)


I know Norman Corwin was still active at USC up until his death a couple years ago, so I would assume they have a lot of his papers and there might be some material there that would be helpful for your radio research.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

below

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

The Waxman papers are at Syracuse University and the Frank Skinner collection is at Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Thanks for the information. I assumed USC would have Raksin's material since he taught there for so many years. I need to check there and with the Film Music Society to see what is available.

Marilee Bradford's notes for the FSM David Raksin set say that she cataloged Raksin's papers for the Library of Congress, so it sounds like his papers did go there.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 10:11 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


I know Norman Corwin was still active at USC up until his death a couple years ago, so I would assume they have a lot of his papers and there might be some material there that would be helpful for your radio research.


Thanks. I'm on the trail of writer/producer Clifford Goldsmith, actually.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2013 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

It looks like Tiomkin's collection is at USC, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2013 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

The Film Music Society (originally Society for the Preservation of Film Music) was established (in part) by and for librarians and archivists and still counts preservation as part of its mission: "The FMS . . . coordinates the donation of film and TV music collections to institutional libraries for preservation and access." I expect that there's a lot of information on their Web site or in their files.

http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/about/about.html

 
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