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MS Thr 542

Green, Johnny, 1908-1989. Johnny Green papers, 1920-1991: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, b, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 542
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Green, Johnny, 1908-1989.
Title: Johnny Green papers,
Date(s): 1920-1991.
Quantity: 1 collection (150 linear feet (307 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are predominantly in English; some materials in French, German, and Italian.
Abstract: Scores and papers of American conductor, arranger, and composer Johnny Green.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004MT-49. Received: 2004 .
2004MT-119. Purchased with the Rose fund from Ward Harrison, 1800 Dutch Lane, Apt. 21, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130; received: 2005 March 12.
2005MT-23. Purchased with the Rose fund from Ward Harrison, 1800 Dutch Lane, Apt. 21, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130; received: 2005 October 7.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
A portion of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Johnny Green Papers, 1920-1991 (MS Thr 542). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Conductor, arranger, and composer Johnny Green, Harvard AB 1928, achieved early fame as a songwriter and orchestra leader in the 1920s and 1930s. Among his most well known original compositions are such songs as Body and Soul, Out of Nowhere, and I Cover the Waterfront. Beginning in 1942, he served for the next three decades as music director for several Hollywood motion picture studios, chiefly Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the course of his career, he won Academy Awards for his work orchestrating, arranging, and conducting music for the following films: Easter Parade; An American in Paris; West Side Story; and Oliver!. He also won an Academy Award for MGM's Concert Hall, a short-subject series. In addition to his work in films, Green composed and conducted for radio and television; he was a board member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and guest conductor for a number of symphony orchestras, inlcuding the Hollywood Bowl.


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Scope and Contents

Includes original musical scores composed by Green; musical scores by others, arranged or conducted by Green for film, theatre, and concert productions; sound recordings of Green's work in a variety of formats; correspondence; sound recordings of others from Green's personal library; photographs of Green and others relating to his musical career; personal effects relating to Green's musical career; clippings; and playbills.


A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information. Some materials housed in Pusey stacks at Houghton awaiting end-processing.

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