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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: James Newton Howard collection
    creator: Howard, James Newton
    Identifier/Call Number: 0075
    Physical Description: 172 Linear Feet 132 large boxes, 40 small boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1987-2009
    Language of Material: English
    Abstract: Extensive collection of film music, television music, and related materials by musician/composer James Newton Howard from 1987 to the present.


    The James Newton Howard collection is divided into three series: Film Music, Television Music, and Other Works. Each series is further broken down into subseries based on the project title, and each subseries is broken down to the file level based on the type of material contained in each. Film Music and Television Music are arranged chronologically, while Other Works is arranged alphabetically. Larger scores are contained in the LF (Large Film) boxes which number from 1 - 132, while smaller scores are contained in the SF (Small Film) boxes which number from 1 - 40.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], James Newton Howard collection, Collection no. 0075, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.


    Booth Score - A copy of orchestrations for the control booth at a recording session.
    Breakdown Sheet - A list of all the music to be played at a recording session.
    Conductor Score - A copy of orchestrations for the conductor at a recording session. This score often contains original annotations of changes made to the music during the recording session.
    Engineer Score - A copy of orchestrations for the sound engineer at a recording session.
    Holographic Sketches - Sketches that are in the original handwriting of the composer.
    Librarian Score - A copy of orchestrations for the copyist to reference at a recording session.
    Orchestrations - The final drafts of composed music produced by the orchestrator. This music is then given to the copyist to produce parts for studio musicians.
    Parts - Music that is extracted from the orchestations and printed for individual musicians of an orchestra to play during a recording session.
    Prerecord Parts - Music that is recorded prior to a recording session and combined with music recorded at the session.
    Sketches - The early drafts of composed music given to the orchestrator by the composer.
    Source Music - Music already in existence that is used again for a later project.

    Scope and Content

    Orchestrations, sketches, orchestra parts, and related materials of musician/composer James Newton Howard. The collection contains limited materials from the early part of Howard's career in the music industry, and extensive materials from his later endeavors in the film industry and television industry. The collection ranges from the mid-1980s to the present.

    Biographical Note

    James Newton Howard was born on June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA. His career as a professional musician began in the early 1970s after finishing his piano studies at the University of Southern California. In 1975 James joined the band of one of the most popular artists of all time, Elton John, and later went on to collaborate with many other famous musicians. In the late 1980s, he turned his attention to composing film music beginning with the comedy Head Office in 1986. Since that time he has composed the music for such films as The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive, (1993), The Village (2004), Michael Clayton (2007), and Defiance (2008), all of which have received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score. He has established a reputation as one of Hollywood's elite film composers and with each new project, he continues to set new standards for his craft.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Students and researchers may use materials from this collection in the Special Collections reading room only. Due to copyright restrictions, under no circumstances may anything from this collection be copied or reproduced in any way without written permission from the copyright owner. However, reproductions MAY be used by USC faculty members in the classroom for academic purposes under the fair use provision of copyright law, provided that sufficient advance notice is given to Special Collections.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Composition (Music) -- Archival resources
    Motion picture music -- Archival resources
    Television music -- Archival resources
    Howard, James Newton
    Howard, James Newton -- Archives
    John, Elton -- Archives