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Max Steiner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1547

Scope and Contents

Personal; music; awards; scrap books; film music, sketches, scores, and recordings; general music; and photographs. The materials relate to Steiner's life and his numerous musical compositions. 6 wine glasses, 1 cigarette case that once belonged to Max Steiner. Audio cassette of an interview between Leonetta Stein and Wesly Carlson, 14 June 1981. Materials dated 1880-1981.


  • Approximately 1880-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted for scores; patrons should use digitized copies on Blu-ray discs.

Conditions Governing Access

Any duplication of studio music track recordings are prohibited unless accompanied by written permission from the copyright owner.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Steiner was an Austria-born composer of film music.


12 boxes (6 linear ft.)

21 oversize boxes (31.5 linear ft.)

177 volumes (38 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Published finding aid available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Bulk of materials donated to Special Collections by Steiner's widow. Some items once belonged to Max Steiner passed to Carlson, a family friend, who donated them to BYU.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Wesley Carlson; 2002.


Film Music.


The following volumes of music scores have been sent to conservation: 1a, 1b, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 24, 59, 68, 71a, 71b, 104, 116, 158. Conservation: removed music score from binding, rehoused sheets in 4 flap portfolio, and housed in custom clam shell box (19 March and 15 July 2004; 17 March and 19 May 2005)

Register of Max Steiner papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 4
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States