The Clifford McCarty collection spans the years circa 1935-2004 and encompasses 29 linear feet. The
collection consists of McCarty's research files and includes articles and clippings on film music and
film composers, correspondence with composers and other researchers, filmographies, music cue sheets,
music scores, scripts, books, periodicals, and disc recordings. McCarty maintained files on composers
with the intent of authoring a reference work, "Film Composers in America: A Biographical Guide to the
Film Composers and Their Work." These files may include biographical questionaires, correspondence asking
composers to confirm credits or other information, and biographical material retyped by McCarty from a
variety of esoteric biographical reference sources. There are index cards with music credits for Abe
Meyer Synchronizing Service, Columbia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount, Republic, RKO, Triangle, 20th
Century-Fox, United Artists, Universal, and Warner Bros. And, there are index cards with film composers'
birth and death dates.
Clifford McCarty spent most of his life in the book business after graduating from Los Angeles City
College in 1953. His passion for film music lead him on a lifelong quest to document authorship of film
scores, often through primary research at film studios. His writings include "Film Composers in America:
A Checklist of Their Work," (1953) and "Film Composers in America: A Filmography, 1911-1970" (2000). He
contributed articles to "The Cue Sheet," "Down Beat," "Films in Review," "Film and TV Music," and "Pro
Musica Sana," and wrote composer entries for "The New Grove Dictionary of American Music" (1986). He was
one of the founders of The Film Music Society and served as the first editor of its quarterly journal,
"The Cue Sheet," from 1984 to 1987. He edited the Society's first book, "Film Music 1" (1989). McCarty
also authored or co-authored books on Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, and Frank Sinatra.
29 linear feet of papers.
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