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David Buttolph papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6734

Scope and Contents

Contains copies of conductor scores by David Buttolph of motion pictures in hard and soft bound volumes. Most motion pictures were produced and distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, with some from Warner Bros. and others. The scores date from 1941 to 1952.


  • 1941-1952


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Open for public research.

Biographical / Historical

David Buttolph was a Hollywood film composer who scored over 300 movies. He was born August 3, 1902 in New York City. He studied music in Vienna and New York and arrived in Hollywood in the mid 1930's. He there joined Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation but occassionally did outside assignments for other films. He then moved to Warner Bros. until 1951. Buttolph was known for his work on Westerns but also covered all types of subjects from musicals to horror. David died January 1, 1983 in Poway, California


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Brand Bookshop in March 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Brand Bookshop; March 1994.


Collection development policy of the Arts and Communications Archives.

Processing Information

Processed; James V. D'Arc, curator; 2009.

Register of the David Buttolph papers
Kyle Bird
2014 November 26
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