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Max Steiner Music Society collection of publications, 1932-2009

Identifier: MSS 2108 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains publications, including journals, magazines, books, articles, and booklets. Most publications engage with the topic of Max Steiner and his film composition work. Dated 1932 to 2009.


  • 1932-2009


Language of Materials

The majority of materials are in English. Some materials are also in French, Dutch, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

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

13 folders