Republic Pictures Corporation music archives

Republic Pictures Corporation music archives

Dates: 1935-1959

The Republic Pictures Music Archives is a valuable research tool for the study of music composed and recorded for motion pictures by a studio operating during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. It is also useful in examining the works at Republic of film composers such as Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Victor Young, Nathan Scott, William Lava, and Mort Glickman. The more than one thousand boxes of piano-conductor scores and parts, together with more than seven thousand recordings comprise a nearly complete studio music archives. Many original pencil sketches as well as finished scores with parts and cue sheets facilitate a detailed study on many key films scored by the composers who worked at various times for Republic Pictures.

  • Extent: 1012 boxes (506 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: MSS 1507
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; BYU Film Music Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
Written permission of the copyright owner, Republic Pictures Corporation, required for duplication or public performance of the conductor's scores and parts as well as the soundtrack recordings. Permission to publish material from Republic Pictures Music Archives must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
An alternate title for this collection is Republic Picture Music Archives.
Preferred Citation
MSS 1507; Republic Pictures Music Archives; Film Music Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
Custodial History
Created in the course of motion picture production by Republic Pictures; acquired by Brigham Young University in 1977.
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid available in Special Collections Reference and on the Internet.
Subject Terms
Bernstein, Elmer; Glickman, Mort H., 1898-1952; Lava, William, 1911-1971; Scott, Nathan; Steiner, Max, 1888-1971; Young, Victor, 1900-1956; Motion picture music
Genre / Form
Long-playing records; Motion picture soundtracks; Scores; Sketches
Appraisal Information
Film Music Archives.
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Finding Aid Title
Republic Pictures Corporation music archives
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-12T15:39-0600
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Administative History

Republic Pictures was organized in 1935, largely the result of a reorganization of Monogram Pictures, a small, independent motion picture production company in Los Angeles, and two other independents, Liberty Pictures and Mascot Pictures, whose studio in the San Fernando Valley (once the Mack Sennett studio) became the primary production facility of Republic Pictures. Under the leadership of Herbert J. Yates, Republic Pictures became known as the "King of the B" studios, as the Gene Autry and Roy Rogers serials, together with feature film offerings were, more often than not, found on the lower half of double-bill showings. Occasionally, however, Republic produced uncharacteristically expensive "prestige" productions including John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952), The Red Pony (1949), scored by Aaron Copland, and Orson Welles' controversial version of Macbeth (1948). When the need for assembly line quickies waned in the 1950s, Republic ceased production in 1959. The studio was sold to CBS and is now CBS Studio City.

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Ben Harry
Curator - BYU Film Music Archives