Guide to Special Collections -- Performing Arts Collections

Performing Arts Collections

Arthur M. Applebaum Collection of Theater Plays
The Arthur M. Applebaum Thearter Arts Collection consists of approximately 150 linear feet, or 2,600 individual plays.

To date, Mr. Applebaum, an entertainment and corporate attorney, has made five contributions to the University of books related to the theater, many of which have been added to the regular circulating collection.

California Arts Commission Collection of Orchestral Scores and Parts
The California Arts Commission Collection, consisting of 170 orchestral scores and parts, or approximately 30 linear feet, was received the by the University Library in 1979 from the California State Library. This collection originally belonged to the California Arts Commission, but was transferred to the State library when the Commisssion phased out a planned program of orchestral performances.

The collection includes works by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Borodin, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Elgar, Franck, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Musorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Rinskii-Korsakov, Rossini, Saint-Ssaëns, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky,Wagner, and Weber. For each work, there is a conductor's score and a complete set of orchestral parts. The Orchestral Scores and Parts Collection has been catagloged; a finding list has also been prepared and was distributed to orchestras throughout the State of California. These scores and parts may be borrowed by California orchestras for a period of one quarter.
Roy Harris Collection of Musical Scores and Personal Papers
Roy HarrisLeroy Ellsworth Harris (1898 - 1979), American composer, was born in Oklahoma, but moved at an early age to the San Gabriel Valley. He became world renowned as a composer of American music. In 1973, while Mr. Harris was a member of the CSULA Music Department faculty, the University entered into an agreement whereby the Library became the repository for his musical works and personal papers. These papers consist of approximately 3,000 leaves of original manuscripts and sketches, copies of published and unpublished works, 15,000 letters and other memorabilia, commercial and noncommercial recordings of the major portions of Roy Harris' works, and the complete holdings on microfilm of Harris papers owned by the Library of Congress.

In 1987, Mrs. Johana Harris added approximately 70 linear feet of documents bringing the total to approxiately 180 linear feet.

Jeffrey Jones Collection of Sheet Music and Music Anthologies
Jeffrey Jones, grandson of composer Harry Warren, died at the age of nineteen. Jeffrey's mother, Cookie Jones, gave his collection of sheet music and music anthrologies to the Library in 1989. Included are over 10,000 popular music scores, or approximately eighteen linear feet, dating from the middle of the late 20th century. This collection updates and strongly compliments the Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet Music.

Harry Warren, considered to be the most successful composer of song for American films, was born in Brooklyn in 1893 and, by way of Broadway, came to Hollywood where he composed for over seventy-five films. In 1933, he wrote the music for Forty-Second Street and Gold Diggers. He composed We're in the Money and Shadow Waltz. Three of his songs received Academy awards: Lullaby of Broadway (1935), You'll Never Know (1943), and On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (1946). From among this approximately 250 songs, he is also known for such favorites as I Only Have Eyes for You (1934), Jeepers Creepers (1938), You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (1938), Springtime in the Rockies (1942), and That's Amore (1953). There is a finding list for this collection.

Glenn Jordan Collection of Light Opera Scripts and Scores
Glenn Jordan was associated with light opera musical companies throughout the United States and was director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera from 1971 until his death in 1976. In 1986, Mrs. Glenn (Lucy) Jordan presented to the University Mr. Jordan's collection of nineteen light opera musical scores, eight-nine musical scripts and seventy-four individual files with photographs and other related documents. The Collection totals 21 linear feet; there is a finding list.
Stan Kenton Collection of Musical Recordings and Personal Papers
Sten Kenton and friendsStanley Newcomb Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas, February 19, 1911. He moved to Los Angeles at an early age. He was a renowned bandleader, pianist, arranger, and composer of modern jazz. He made worldwide concert appearances, billed as artistry in rhythm, progressive jazz, and innovations in modern music. Kenton died in Los Angeles, August 27, 1979.

In 1980, the University received from Mrs. Stanley (Audree Coke) Kenton, Director of Kentonia, Inc., the Stan Kenton Collection. This collections includes taped radio concerts and commercial recordings, reel-to-reel tapes, taped interviews, videotapes, honors and awards, scapbooks, posters, cards, newspaper reviews, programs, ink sketches, and photographs of Kenton and his band dating from the early 1940's, but especially strong in the 1960's and 1970's. There are approximately 40 linear feet in the Stan Kenton Collection.

The photograph above shows Stan Kenton with Monica Lewis, Sarah Vaughn, June Christy and Nat King Cole.
Otto Klemperer Collection of Musical Scores
Otto Klemperer Otto Klemperer, German conductor and composer, was born in Breslau, Germany, May 14, 1885. After studying in Frankfurt and Berlin, he became, after 1918, one of the leading German conductors of his generation. From 1933-1939, he was conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The Klemperer Collection was presented to the University in the mid-1970's.

It includes 215 orchestral scores,or approximately 12 linear feet including works by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Busoni, Kelius, Gluck, Grieg, Handel, Hindemith, Krenek, Liszt, Mahler, Malipiero, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Mozart, Musorgsky, Pfitzner, Prokofiev, Respighi, Sch&oumlnberg, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Stranvinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner. Many include Klemperer's conducting notations and some are signed by the conductor and the composer.

McGrath Sacred Music Collection
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Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet Music
Jimmy McHugh, born in Boston, has been hailed as the most successful Irish-American writer of popular songs since Victor Herbert. He wrote such tuneful melodies as I Can't Give You anything But Love, Baby, I'm In The Mood For Love, Don't Blame Me, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, It's A Most Unusual Day, You're A Sweetheart, and Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer. The McHugh Collection, approximately 4 linear feet, consists of over 550 songs from the late 19th Century to the early 1970's. The Jimmy McHugh Collection of Sheet Music complements the Jeffrey Jones Collection of more recent music. There is a finding list for this collection.
Motion Picture and Television Scripts Collection
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James Weldon Newton Collection
James Weldon NewtonIn cooperation with the College of Arts and Letters, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library acquired the James Weldon Newton Jr. Collection in the spring of 2003. The collection documents the life and work of this acclaimed jazz composer/flutist/conductor.

The full text of the finding aid to the James Weldon Newton Jr. Collection is available for online viewing on this Website. Through an agreement reached with Mr. Newton, the collection will be housed in the Library for a period of four years. If need arises, this agreement can be shortened or lengthened.

Researchers are welcome to study the more than 700 items in this rich collection. The collection includes photographs, concert programs, periodicals, original musical scores, audio and video recordings.

Additional information is also available at Mr. Newton's web site:

Anthony Quinn Collection of Film Scripts
Anthony Quinn was born on April 21, 1916, in Chihuahua, Mexico. He moved with his family to Los angeles when he was four. His father worked as a camera and property man at the Selig Studio. In 1936, Quinn appeared in Clean Beds, a play by Mae West. Quinn has made numerous film and Broadway appearances since 1936,when he first appeared in a film, Parole. He won two Oscars: for supporting role in Viva Zapata! (1952) and for the role of Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life (1956). The Anthony Quinn Collection consists of approximately 200 film scripts, or 20 linear feet, for which there is a finding list.

Some of the film scripts in the anthony quinn Collection were made into films and contain Mr. Quinn's annotations. Many scripts were rejected by him. Included in the Collection are such titles as La Strada, which won an Academy Award in 1956 as best foreign language film, The Song of Rolan, The Great Sebastians, The Leopard's Spots, Don Quixote, The Plumed Serpent, Ther Other Side of the Mountain, and Blood Wedding.

Salli Terri Choral Music Collection
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The photograph to the left shows Salli Terri with famous choral music director Roger Wagner.