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(scores and parts), sheet music, and other published and some unpublished music;
137 boxes of sheet music, choral editions, and other published and unpublished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
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
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Music Library.
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 if the Music Library does not hold the copyright.
The collection is open for research.