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Ernest Gold papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2196

Scope and Contents

Materials include classical, stage, and film music sketches and scores, phonograph disk and audio tape recordings, videotapes, books, awards and memorabilia. Dated approximately 1950-1995.


  • approximately 1950-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Materials may be accessed only with permission of curator.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Ernest Gold (1921-1999) was a composer of film and television scores.

Ernest Gold was born in 1921 in Vienna, Austria. He immigrated to the United States in 1938 to escape Nazi oppression, as his family was Jewish. He wrote music for films such as Exodus, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, On the Beach, Fun with Dick and Jane, and Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff. He had four Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. In 1960 he won a Golden Globe for On the Beach, and in 1961 he won an Academy Award for Exodus.

Gold died on March 17, 1999 of a stroke.


51 oversize (60 linear ft.)

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

27 cartons (27 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

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

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Gold Family Trust following Ernest Gold's death in 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gold Family Trust; 1999.


Film Music Archives.

Processing Information

Processed; James V. D'Arc and John N. Gillespie; January 2000.

Register of the Ernest Gold papers
James V. D'Arc and John N. Gillespie
2000 January
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.
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