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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • From SCREAD
  • Processing History
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Hans J. Salter papers
    Creator: Salter, Hans J.
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC-M.0137
    Physical Description: 90 Linear Feet (180 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1982
    Abstract: The collection consists of music, personal papers, correspondence, photographs, production materials, business papers and periodical clippings of one of Universal Pictures' film composers, Hans J. Salter. The various kinds of music are manuscript and published music including conductor's scores, orchestral parts, sheet music, published music books, and sound recordings on 7", 10", and 12" sound discs, 7" and 10" open reel analog tapes, and sound cassettes.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    CONTAINS AUDIO MATERIALS: This collection contains both processed and unprocessed audio materials. For information about the access status of the material that you are looking for, refer to the Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note at the series and file levels. All requests to access processed audio materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hans J. Salter papers (Collection PASC-M 137). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Estate of Hans J. Salter, 1995.

    From SCREAD

    Other Administrative Information
    Location: SRLF ORION no. for paging: 07-AKH-2434 ORION catalog number: 07-ARL-7078 No. boxes: 180 Date received: Processing status: Recordings: B425 to SRLF Conductors Scores : will remain in B425 after the rest of the collection goes to SRLF. Music Sketches, Music Performing Parts, Published Books, Awards and Citations, Photographs: B425 Staff notes:
    Categories: FTMA / Composers Formats: Recordings / Sheet music / Manuscripts / Photographs / Correspondence
    Listed on MLSC website.

    Processing History

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Collection processed by Rachel Curtis of the Center for Primary Research and Training Plus, UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections, June 2009.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233722 

    Biographical Note

    Hans Julius Salter (b Vienna, 14 Jan 1896; d Studio City, CA, 23 July 1994) was an film composer and conductor of Austrian birth. He studied at the University of Vienna with Guido Adler, Egon Wellesz and Hans Gál, and at the Vienna Music Academy with Franz Schreker, conducting with Weingartner, and composition with Berg. Later, Salter worked as an assistant conductor in at the Volks Opera in Vienna and other small opera companies. He then worked as a conductor at the State Opera in Berlin and later switched to conducting in movie houses in 1929. From 1930 to 1933 he composed musicals and dramatic motion picture scores for UFA Studios in Neubabelsberg. Before leaving Europe, Salter worked for the European Branch of Universal Pictures from 1933-1936. He emigrated to the United States in 1937 to work for Universal Pictures and became a U.S. citizen in 1942. (Letter written by Salter to ASCAP)
    Originally hired as an orchestrator for Universal Studios in 1938, Salter was soon promoted to the rank of composer. With composer Frank Skinner he wrote music for serials, westerns, dramas, Deanna Durbin musicals and Abbott and Costello comedies. Salter received six Academy Award nominations for his musical comedy and drama scores including: It Started With Eve (1942), The Amazing Mrs. Holiday (1943), The Merry Monahans (1944), Christmas Holiday (1944), Can't Help Singing (1945), and This Love of Ours (1945). Salter is remembered today for his contribution to horror films such as The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) and House of Frankenstein (1944). When he retired in 1967, he had completed scores for over 200 films. He was honored with lifetime achievement awards from the Society of Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films in 1982 and the Society for the Preservation of Film Music. He received an additional tribute at the Viennale, Vienna Film Festival in 1993. (New Grove Dictionary of Music)

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of printed and manuscript music composed and arranged by film composer Hans J. Salter. The bulk of music is published from Universal Pictures productions that were theatrically released between 1937-1964. Older music mostly from German and Austrian film productions dated 1923-1933 is also included in this collection. The music formats include orchestral parts, conductor's scores, sheet music, published books, and sound recordings in 7", 10", and 12" sound discs. The collection also contains personal and business correspondence, film review clippings, awards, copyright and license paperwork, and production materials.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Projects, 1930-1967
    • Series 2. Salter Music Ideas
    • Series 3. Non Film/Television Salter Compositions
    • Series 4. Sound recordings, 1941-1971
    • Series 5. Correspondence, 1940-1971
    • Series 6. Personal and Financial Papers, 1965-1977
    • Series 7. Photographs, 1930-1945
    • Series 8. Business Papers, 1954-1967
    • Series 9. Awards, 1993
    • Series 10. Clippings, 1925-1982
    • Series 11. Music by Other Composers

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Composers -- Archives.
    Television music -- Archives.
    Motion picture music -- Archives.
    Music -- Manuscripts.
    Salter, Hans J., 1896-1994 -- Archives.