COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED AMERICAN SHEET MUSIC, ca. 1790 - 1987
Series 6: MOVING PICTURES AND MOVIE STARS, 1911-1986
by: Robert S Harding and Corinne Barger, 1991
Scope and Content:
Series 6 is divided into nine Subseries and an Ephemera file.
Subseries 1: Academy Award Songs,1934-1986: contain the
song sheets of academy award winning movies. The songs listed chronologically and the movie
and movie stars are listed in the container list. This subseries also contains four academy
award winning movie scores, a Grammy Award winning instrumental theme, a Cannes Film Festival
winner, and the song composed for the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences. Professional music sheets, which are intended for use by professional singers
only and do not have illustrated covers, are in the last folder.
Subseries 2: Child Stars, 1918-1976: begins with a folder
on minor child actors and then lists the major stars alphabetically. Many of the minor stars
are from the silent film era and the song sheets are not associated with their movies.
Instead the actor's image appeared on the cover to help promote the song. In those cases the
song title and publishing year are listed. If the song is in a movie with the child star, the
movie title and year are listed. The material for the major stars is organized by movies, recorded
songs, professional music sheets, and song folios for each of the stars. The list states when
a song is reissued in a movie that does not feature the original child actor. The last folder
contains nonspecific song folios of child star music.
Subseries 3: Dance Folios,1929-1942: contains publications
of movie music composed for piano with banjo, ukulele, and guitar accompaniment. The music is
selected from various movies and the stars' images are included in some of the folios. The words
to the songs are not always provided. The folios are organized alphabetically by publishing
company and the copyright year (if printed) and the folio title are listed. There are several
editions of Robbins M.G.M. Hollywood Dance Folios without publishing dates that are arranged
by volume number.
Subseries 4: Disney Productions and Other Cartoon Movies, 1930-1982:
includes song sheets from Walt Disney movies, cartoons, and series as well as material from
movies not produced by Disney. Mickey Mouse songs and songs written about or for Mickey have
separate folders. Movies released by Paramont Pictures are grouped together and this sub-subseries
includes all Popeye songs because Paramont made the recent movie Popeye starring Robin Williams.
Cartoon movies produced by other companies are classified together, and Li'l Abner and Little
Orphan Annie fall in this category. The un-illustrated professional music sheets and song folios
for Disney music are held in the last two folders.
Subseries 5: Female Stars,1912-1978: is arranged alphabetically
by star. Sam DeVincent created separate files for certain stars, and subseries five and six
organize those folders. The song sheets for each star are ordered chronologically by the year
of the movie. When the star's image appears on the covers of songs not played during a movie,
the year and song title are listed. This occurs most often with the silent film stars.
Many actresses are not found in this series because the material of the collection focuses more
on their early recorded or Vaudville songs. Examples are Doris Day, Frances Langford, Billie
Burke, and Evelyn Nesbit. The material will be included in the upcoming series on performers.
The division of male/female acting teams is also based on the focus of the material. The Gracie
Allen and George Burns song sheets are from their movies together so
they are placed as a team in this subseries. The movies Joan Blondell and Jeanette MacDonald
featured in without Dick Powell and Nelson Eddy are in this subseries, but the movies of the
couples are contained in subseries 6.6. Since there are few song sheets from Janet Gaynor's
movies without Charles Farrell, all of the material on Janet Gaynor is in subseries 6.6. Other
references can be useful for finding movies a star appeared in, but the song sheets are in the
costar's folder. There are very few professional copies in this subseries, so they incorporated
with the popular song sheets. The content list only mentions professional copies if there
are no popular song sheets for the movie. A single song folio also does not have its own folder.
Subseries 6: Male Stars, 1917-1979: has the same arrangement
and conditions as subseries 5. Unfortunately this subseries does not include the material for
Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, Eddie Fisher, Russ Columbo, Frank Sinatra, and Rudy
Vallee. The sheet music in these files are of the star's recorded songs more than the songs
performed in movies, therefore the entire collection has been reserved for the upcoming series
on performers. Be sure to note these and other references.
Subseries 7: Movie Music, 1914-1986: is the series for
all song sheets that did not fit in any other category. The movies are listed in alphabetical
order and the publication date on the song sheet is listed to the right. If that date does not
correspond to when the movie came out, no year is given. The songs actually played during a
silent film are contained in this subseries. The songs which used silent films to promote themselves
are in the next subseries, Silent Films. The professional copies are also alphabetically
arranged by movie, and the song folios are alphabetically ordered by folio title.
Subseries 8: Silent Films, 1912-1928: holds the cue sheets
for six movies which are listed in alphabetical order. Most of the song sheets, however, were
not performed during the movie. These songs are dedicated to directors of movies, the movies
themselves, or the stars. Often the song sheets were then sold in the lobby of a theater at
the end of the show. There are three main sections to this subseries; promotion by director,
promotion by movie, and promotion by star. Some songs are "inspired by" a movie and
some covers only have stars in poses without any dedication. These song sheets show the rising
popularity of moving pictures and movie stars. Albums of generic piano and organ music for common
scenes in movies are in the last folder.
Subseries 9: Songs About the Movies, 1911-1978: is mostly
song sheets of non-movie music. The songs are given in alphabetical order and the song's publication
date is to the song title's left. The songs about Hollywood are separated from songs just about
the movies. The professional copies and one song folio are in the last two folders. Many of
the songs were written when movies first came out and reveal the country's mixed views about
the movie industry.
Ephemera, contains mostly material for subseries five and
six on female and male stars. For each there are several magazines and newspaper articles on
individual stars. There are six books and some publicity items. For example, there
are several Jerry Lewis Fund mailings. Subseries 2: Child Stars and Subseries 4: Disney
Productions and Other Cartoon Movies, have fewer magazines and articles, but more promotional