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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 569

Johnny Green additional papers


Scores and papers of American conductor, arranger, and composer Johnny Green.


  • 1923-1989

Language of Materials

Collection materials are predominantly in English; some materials in French, German, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

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.


111 linear feet (104 containers)
Includes original musical scores composed by Green; musical scores written by others, arranged or conducted by Green for film, theatre, and concert productions; correspondence; subject files; photographs of Green and others relating to his musical career; personal effects relating to Green's musical career; sound recordings; and clippings.

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 The merry wives of Windsor overture, a subject in MGM's Concert hall 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, including the Hollywood Bowl.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Scores
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Subject files
  4. IV. Photographs
  5. V. Scripts
  6. VI. Biographical materials
  7. VII. Realia
  8. VIII. Sound recordings
  9. IX. Clippings

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2004MT-49. Source and date unknown.

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.

Related Materials

See also: Johnny Green papers (MS Thr 542),

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael W. Austin
Link to catalog
Green, Johnny, 1908-1989. Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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