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Louise Steiner Elian papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2166

Scope and Contents note

The Louise Steiner Elian papers consist of photographs, letters, programs, music, sound recordings, motion pictures, and personal memorabilia that document both the life of Elian, her husband Max Steiner, and their son Ronald Steiner.


  • 1919-1986


Conditions Governing Access note

Materials available by permission of the curator.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Louise Steiner Elian papers must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Louise Steiner made a career for herself as a harp soloist. She was married to film composer Max Steiner.


7 cartons (7 linear ft.)

4 oversize boxes (13.66 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



These papers document Elian's life and career as a harp soloist from the 1910s onward, her year as a musician in Hollywood studio orchestras (1926-1954), and significantly her marriage (1936-1946) to film composer Max Steiner. Also covered is Elian's concert career as a member of symphony orchestras and ballet companies as well as soloist appearing worldwide (1950-1986).

Arrangement note

Arranged in four series: 1. Louise Steiner Elian assorted papers, undated; 2. Louise Steiner Elian home movies, undated; 3. Louise Steiner Elian phonographs, undated; and 4. Louise Steiner Elian restoration prints of home movies, undated.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

Donated by Louise Steiner Elian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Louise Steiner Elian.

Appraisal note

Film Music Archives.

Documents the history of music composed and recorded for motion pictures.

Processing Information note

Processed; James V. D'Arc and John N. Gillespie; 2002.

Register of the Louise Steiner Elian Papers
James V. D'arc and John N. Gillespie
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States