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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: George Duning papers
    Creator: Duning, George
    Identifier/Call Number: 2446
    Identifier/Call Number: /repositories/5/resources/1305
    Physical Description: 30.958 Linear Feet 21 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1980
    Abstract: This collection contains the motion picture and television of American composer George Duning (1908-2000).
    Language of Material: English.

    Biographical / Historical

    George Duning (1908-2000) was an American musician, composer, and conductor. Duning came from a musician family and studied Music Theory at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and studied composition under Mario CastleNuevo-Tedesco. He served in the U.S. Navy Armed Forces Radio Service where he scored, arranged, and conducted "Command Performance" for Meredith Willson. Duning signed with Columbia Pictures in 1946, where he scored over three hundred film and television projects including "3:10 to Yuma" (1957), "Cowboy" (1958), "Picnic" (1955), "The World of Suzie Wong" (1960), "Star Trek" (1966), "The Devil at Four O'Clock" (1961), "Bell, Book, and Candle" (1958), and "Toys in the Attic" (1963).

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains 103 folders of motion pictures scores of composer George Duning (1908-2000). These include scores for Salome (1953), Miss Sadie Thompson (1953), From Here to Eternity (1953), Picnic (1955), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Pal Joey (1957), The World of Suzie Wong (1960), and Toys in the Attic (1963). There are also 34 folders of scores from television programs including The Big Valley, Star Trek, Mannix, Then Came Bronson, and a scrapbook reflecting Duning's career.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    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 George Duning, January 31, 1974.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], George Duning papers, Collection no. 2446, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    This collection is unprocessed.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Film composers -- Archival resources
    Motion picture music -- Archival resources
    scores (documents for music)
    Television music -- Archival resources
    Duning, George -- Archives