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Finding Aid for the Collection of Music Scores for the Emmy Awards, 1966-1996
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Music Scores for the Emmy Awards
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1996
    Collection number: 2121
    Creator: Bornstein, Robert G.
    Extent: 123 flat boxes (51 linear ft.)
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of non-published manuscripts of scores and orchestral parts used for Emmy Award presentations primarily between 1969-1970 and 1980-1988. The manuscripts included in this collection mainly consist of segments of theme songs drawn from popular television shows that were nominated for Emmy Awards during this time. This collection was donated by Robert G. Bornstein, former Supervisor of Music Preparation at CBS Special Entertainment, who was involved in preparing the music scores for the Emmy Awards Ceremonies. The materials included in this collection range from holograph orchestral scores prepared by music copyists, to translucent ozalid facsimiles used in the reproduction of parts for the orchestra. Orchestral scores often include the conductor's personal annotations.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated by Robert G. Bornstein, on 30 October, 2007. Bornstein was the former Supervisor of Music Preparation at CBS Special Entertainment. This collection was originally housed at the CBS Music Library.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Shelina Brown in 2012 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia  funds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Music Scores for the Emmy Awards (Collection Number 2121). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7082657 


    The Emmy Awards are an annual awards ceremony held by the Association of Television Arts and Science (ATAS) that recognizes excellence in television programming. The first Emmy Awards Ceremony was held in 1949, and honored television shows produced in the Los Angeles area. The Emmy Awards have since expanded to include all national television programming. This collection of music scores from the Emmys originated in the CBS Music Library. It includes musical scores utilized in the production of the Primetime Emmy Ceremonies primarily from 1969-1970 and 1980-1988. The collection was donated to UCLA by Robert G. Bornstein, former Supervisor of Music Preparation at CBS Special Entertainment. Mr. Bornstein was also employed as the head of Music Preparations for the Academy Awards Ceremonies, working with renowned composer, Johnny Green. In addition to his work on awards shows, he has been the music preparer for over 75 major motion pictures, including Avatar (2009), Titanic (1997), and Fatal Attraction (1987). He is a professional orchestrator, arranger, and copyist.

    Scope and Content

    The materials included in this collection consist of both handwritten scores and facsimile reproductions of scores used in the Emmy Awards ceremonies. The conductor's full score, as well as the parts for each individual instrument are provided. The scores often include hand-written notes and markings inscribed by the conductor or the performer. In terms of musical content, the scores include both ‘play-on’ and ‘play-off’ cues for popular television shows nominated for Emmy Awards. This means that an abridged segment of a theme song is adapted for orchestral performance, and structured as either a ‘play-on’ cue that is played when a television program is introduced, or a complementary ‘play-off’ cue that is played as the representative awardees of a given program leave the stage with their award in hand. This collection contains such cues adapted from popular television programs from 1969-1970 and 1980-1988. Some notable television programs include: The Rockford Files (1969), Hill Street Blues (1982), and Perry Mason (1986). In addition, the collection includes medleys of popular TV themes that were performed to entertain the live audience during commercial breaks. This collection offers researchers a valuable insight into the rich history of television music, as well as orchestral musical practices at Emmy Awards ceremonies.
    Prior to the advent of laser printing technology in the 1990s, full orchestral scores and orchestral parts were prepared manually by a team of copyists. The Emmy Awards collection contains original hand-written holographs, and also facsimiles made on ozalid translucent sheets. The ozalid process involves printing scores onto chemically treated paper, by ultra-violet rays. This process is rarely used today, due to the fact that it produces harmful ammonia fumes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been organized into thirteen series arranged by year. Within the first twelve series, the scores have been kept in the original order in which they were received. The order of the scores within each folder is neither alphabetical nor chronological. It is likely that the scores may have been arranged in the order in which they were performed at the Emmy Awards ceremony. The last series contains undated materials as well as a folder of correspondence.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    This collection includes 5 cassette tape recordings that must be digitized before use.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Television music, Arranged.
    Emmy Awards.
    Television broadcasting--Awards--United States.

    Related Material

    The UCLA Music Library collects and provides primary and secondary research materials relating to the film, television and radio arts and industry. Such collections are housed in the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections. Some notable collections of television music scores include: