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BOX 384-391 Business Papers, 1920-1975
This series consists of papers and cancelled checks that somewhat illuminate the daily operations of a music publishing business. The papers include rights and royalties agreements, lists of works, correspondence, contracts, and licenses. These materials primarily concern composers Cole Porter and Kurt Weill.
The cancelled checks are from firms including T. B. Harms; Francis, Day, and Hunter; Jerome H. Remick and Co.; George and Arthur Piantadosi, Inc.; Schubert Music Publishing Corp.; Chappell-Harms; Music Sales Corporation; De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson, Inc.; Famous Music Corporation; Atlas Music Corp; and New World Music Corporation. There are also checks drawn on banks, including several in Canada. Checks are made out to and signed by composers, lyricists, arrangers, and copyists such as Harry Akst, Harold Arlen, Robert Russell Bennett, Gene Buck, Max and Louis Dreyfus, Rudolf Friml, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Edwin Franko Goldman, Ferde Grofe, Arthur Hammerstein, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, E. Y. Harburg, Lorenz Hart, Victor Herbert, Herman Hupfeld, Jerome Kern, Ted Koehler, Cole Porter, Ernö Rapée, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, Frank Saddler, Albert Sirmay, John Philip Sousa, Dana Suesse, Paul Van Loan, and Vincent Youmans. Other checks are made out to businesses and people involved in daily operations, including music publishers, utility companies, the United States Internal Revenue Service, the post office, shippers, printers, engravers, advertisers, equipment suppliers, studios, paper companies, photographers, and so forth. There are no cancelled checks for 1927.
Arranged alpabetically by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 384/1 Ahlert and Turk, 1929 December 20
Rights and royalties agreement
Includes: Agreement between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson
Cancelled checks
BOX 385 1920-1923
BOX 386 1924-1926
BOX 387 1926, 1928-1929
BOX 388 1929-1930
BOX 389 1930
BOX 390 1930-1931
BOX 391 1931-1932
BOX-FOLDER 384/4 Notes on proofreading, 1948 June 28
Memorandum
BOX-FOLDER 384/2 Porter, Cole, 1966 and undated
Lists of unpublished and unregistered works
BOX-FOLDER 384/3 Porter, Cole, 1966-1967
Correspondence and lists of works
Weill, Kurt
BOX-FOLDER 384/5-7 Lost in the Stars, 1950-1974
Correspondence, memoranda, notes, articles, contracts, licenses, and certificates of merger
BOX-FOLDER 384/8-9 Lost in the Stars, Knickerbocker Holiday, and Street Scene, 1945-1975
Correspondence, contracts, lists, notes, articles, copyright renewal notices, royalty statements, licenses, and a motion picture rights agreement
BOX-FOLDER 384/10 Street Scene, 1959-1975
Correspondence, licenses, contracts, and notes

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