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Max Steiner Music Society administrative records, approximately 1890-1999, bulk: 1965-1987

Identifier: MSS 2108 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains Max Steiner Music Society records documenting society activies, such as photographs, letters, lists, articles used in society publications, and notes. Also contains collected materials honoring or otherwise related to Max Steiner, such as music scores, ephemera, obituaries and other clippings, Brigham Young University Department of Music photographs and program of tribute to Max Steiner in 1971, and memorial programs from services for Max Steiner and his wife, Lee Steiner. Dated approximately 1890 to 1999, with the bulk of the materials dated between 1965 and 1987.


  • approximately 1890-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1965-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Administrative History

From the Collection:

The Max Steiner Music Society was an active organization from 1965 to 1981. It was established by Albert K. Bender and operated out of Kankakee, Illinois. The society’s stated purpose was, "Aiming to perpetuate the mmusic of Max Steiner." The society gathered and distributed research and writings centered around the historical and critical appreciation of the film music scoring of Max Steiner, who has been called the "father of film music." International in scope, the society published these writings in regular journals, annuals, and bulletins primarily in America and Europe, but also throughout the world. It also maintained a music catalog of Max Steiner’s work, from which it distributed audio recordings. The society also recognized the accomplishments of other film music scores by presenting the Max Steiner Award.


1 box

1 carton

1 artifact

19 folders

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