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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 864

Johnny Green additional papers


Scores, subject files, photographs, and other papers of American conductor, arranger, and composer Johnny Green.


  • 1880-1989

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.


200 linear feet (295 containers)
Consists of original musical scores composed by Green; musical scores written by others, arranged or conducted by Green for film, theatre, and concert productions; subject files (including correspondence); photographs and artwork relating to Green's life and career; personal effects; scrapbooks and clippings; and commercial sound recordings.

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.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Scores
  2. II. Subject files
  3. III. Photographs and artwork
  4. IV. Realia
  5. V. Clippings and scrapbooks
  6. VI. Commercial sound recordings
  7. VII. Inscribed monographs
  8. VIII. Unsorted scores
  9. IX. Miscellaneous
  10. X. Unsorted programs
  11. XI. Unsorted artwork

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2004MT-49. Gift of Bonnie W. Green; received 1991 April 25.

2004MT-119. Purchased with the Rose fund from Ward Harrison; received: 2005 March 12.

2005MT-23. Purchased with the Rose fund from Ward Harrison ; received: 2005 October 7.

Related Materials

See also: Johnny Green papers (MS Thr 542); Johnny Green additional papers (MS Thr 569); and Johnny Green sound recordings and motion pictures (MS Thr 768)

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael W. Austin
Link to catalog
Green, Johnny, 1908-1989. Johnny Green additional papers, 1880-1989: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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