Alex North papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alex North papers
Date (inclusive): 1930-1995
Date (bulk): 1960s-1980s
Collection number: 155
Creator: North, Alex
Extent: 47.5 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Alex North papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Annemarie North, 1995-1999


Alex North was an American film composer active from 1951 to 1993. His fifteen Academy Award nominations span four decades. North was the first composer to receive an Honorary Academy Award (1985).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Alex North papers span the years 1930-1995 (bulk 1960s-1980s) and encompass 47.5 linear feet. The production files contain scripts, conductor scores, correspondence, music notes, and sheet music for films from 1951 to 1991. There are conductor scores for 32 films from 1951 to 1969. The music files contain full scores, sketches, photostats of sketches, and photocopies of full scores for more than 50 motion pictures.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Stage files; 4. Story files; 5. Correspondence; 6. Subject files; 7. Oversize-Music files; 8. Oversize-Music files (Orchestra parts); 9.Oversize-Music files (over-oversize); 10. Oversize-Music files (stage); 11. Oversize-Music files (television); 12. Scrapbooks

Indexing Terms

North, Alex , 1909-1991--Archives