Warner Brothers Studios music collection

Finding aid prepared by UCLA Library Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: Warner Brothers Studios music collection
Collection number: PASC 317
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 600 linear ft. (ca. 1200 boxes)
Date: 1923-200?
Abstract: A brief initial view of the collection presents 390 boxes of music used for silent film, including printed dance band arrangements (scores and parts), sheet music, and other published and some unpublished music; 137 boxes of sheet music, choral editions, and other published and unpublished music used as a music reference library; 47 boxes of books, mostly about music, frequently stamped with "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Library". Many of these books are signed by the authors. Many more are signed by George Schneider, Music Librarian at MGM from 1928-1956, who founded and developed the MGM Music Library, which by the late 1940's was one of the largest music collections in the country. This great library was sent to landfill in the '60's as part of what has been called the "MGM Holocaust", the tragedy that destroyed most of the great manuscript scores composed for MGM films, triggering a great deal of film music preservation activity, including the work that has been done here at UCLA. The materials we have just received from Warner Bros may in fact represent the last (only?) remaining portion of the MGM Library. The collection is in the midst of being processed and the finding aid will be updated periodically.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Warner Brothers Studios Music Collection (Collection PASC 317). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of music used for silent film, including printed dance band arrangements (scores and parts), sheet music, and other published and some unpublished music; 137 boxes of sheet music, choral editions, and other published and unpublished music used as a music reference library; 47 boxes of books, mostly about music, frequently stamped with "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Library". Many of these books are signed by the authors. Many more are signed by George Schneider, Music Librarian at MGM from 1928-1956, who founded and developed the MGM Music Library, which by the late 1940's was one of the largest music collections in the country. This great library was sent to landfill in the '60's as part of what has been called the "MGM Holocaust", the tragedy that destroyed most of the great manuscript scores composed for MGM films, triggering a great deal of film music preservation activity, including the work that has been done here at UCLA.

Biography/History

One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture and television studios in the world, Warner Bros. Studios began when the brothers Warner (Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack L.) incorporated their fledgling movie company on April 4, 1923. In 1927, the release of the world's first "talkie," (synchronized-sound feature film), "The Jazz Singer," set a character and tone of innovation and influence that would become synonymous with the name Warner Bros. And--as Al Jolson foretold in this milestone movie--"you ain't heard nothin' yet!"
Since those early days, Warner Bros. Studios has amassed an impressive legacy based on world-class quality entertainment and technological foresight and created a diversified entertainment company with an unparalleled depth and breadth. Its unmatched consistency and success is built on a foundation of stable management throughout its history (especially by entertainment industry standards), long-term creative relationships with many of the world's leading talent, and an unwavering dedication to excellence. Today, the vast Warner Bros. library, considered one of the most prestigious and prodigious in the world, consists of more than 6,650 feature films, 40,000 television titles and 14,000 animated titles (including over 1,500 classic animated shorts).

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5993191 

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Books
  • Series 2. Periodicals
  • Series 3. Published Sheet Music
  • Series 4. Orchestral Music
  • Series 5. Silent Film Music.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Motion Picture Research Council.
Warner Bros. -- Archives. -- Archives

Container List

 

Series 1. Books

Boxes 1-54, 211-218, 271-274, 280-283, 307

Assorted Unprocessed Reference Books

 

Series 2. Periodicals

Boxes 55-60, 377-378, 416-419

Unprocessed Popular Song Periodicals

Boxes 491-494, 532

Unprocessed Music Periodicals

 

Series 3. Published Sheet Music

Boxes 61-90, 97-100, 107-112, 125-130, 175-193, 219-270, 275-279, Boxes 284-306, 310, 320-322, 363-376, 379-417, 419-481, 484-490, 495-525, 529-532

Unprocessed Sheet Music

 

Series 4. Orchestral Music

 

Series 5. Silent Film Music

Boxes 91-96, 101-106, 113-124, 131-174, 194-210, 311-319, 323-362, Boxes 482-484, 526-528, 533-627

Unprocessed Silent Film Music