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Tiomkin (Dimitri) papers and film scores collection
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  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: Dimitri Tiomkin papers and film scores collection
    Creator: Tiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979
    Identifier/Call Number: 2181
    Identifier/Call Number: 555
    Identifier/Call Number: /repositories/5/resources/1066
    Physical Description: 325.2 Linear Feet 263 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1969
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers, photographs, correspondence, recordings, click tracks, and film scores of composer Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979).
    Language of Material: English.

    Biographical / Historical

    Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979) was a Russian born American film composer best known for his scores for western films. Tiomkin received 22 Academy Award nominations and won four Oscars: Best Original Score for High Noon (1952), The High and the Mighty (1954), and The Old Man and the Sea (1958); and Best Original Song for The Ballad of High Noon.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains the papers and film scores of composer Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979). Materials include personal papers, screenplays, photographs, correspondence, phonograph records, click tracks, and scores for most of Tiomkin's major films including Lost Horizon (1937), Moon and Sixpence (1942), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), High Noon (1952), High and the Mighty (1954), Friendly Persuasion (1956), and 55 Days at Peking (1963). Among the screenplays are Red Strange Lady in Town (1961) and The Guns of Navarone (1961). Scrapbooks dating from the late 1920s cover Tiomkin's career as a concert pianist and film composer. There are also musical scores from Frank Capra's Why We Fight series.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is unavailable for access because of its size and current level of processing. Contact the Cinematic Arts Library ctlibarc@usc.edu for details.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dimitri Tiomkin, June 18, 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Dimitri Tiomkin papers and film scores collection, Collection no. 2181, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    The collection is unprocessed. In 1981, Harvey R. Deneroff created an offline inventory of the collection. The inventory was scanned, uploaded to the Online Archive of California, and linked to this finding aid as a digital object (see "Digital Material").

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Composers -- United States -- Archival resources
    Composition (Music) -- Archival resources
    Film composers -- Archival resources
    Motion picture music -- Archival resources
    Tiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979 -- Archives