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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jerome Moross Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

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Bib ID:4078363 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Moross, Jerome, 1913-1983
Title:Jerome Moross Papers, 1924-2018
Physical description:69 linear feet (ca.7,900 items in 56 boxes & 42 oversize folders).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. Boxes 55 & 56 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »



This collection is arranged into 6 series:

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Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscript music scores, copies of scores, playscripts, scenarios, watercolor drawings and other stage designs, contracts, legal papers, programs, clippings and other printed materials, microfilms, records, tape recordings, and photographs. Among Moross's work are the musical play, "The Golden Apple"(1954), dance music for "Ballet Ballads"(1945) and for "Frankie and Johnny"(1938), the film score for "The Big Country"(1958) and for "The Cardinal"(1963), and his Symphony No. 1 (1943). There are some financial papers and production records for the staging of his works. Among the cataloged correspondents are Aaron Copland, Agnes George De Mille, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, and Thornton Wilder.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Arranged Series

Subseries II.1: Correspondence

Subseries II.2: Financial Papers

Subseries II.3: Interviews and Biographical Notices

Subseries II.4: Music Scores by Others

Subseries II.5: Photographs and Portraits

Subseries II.6: Biographical Mementos

Series III: Works by Jerome Moross

Subseries III.1: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

See also compact disc: "Valley of Gwangi."(Box 47)

Subseries III.2: American Pattern

Subseries III.3: American Saga

Subseries III.4: Americo Vaspuccio

Subseries III.5: Awaken My Love, Awaken

Subseries III.6: Baby

Subseries III.7: Ballet

Subseries III.8: Ballet Ballads

Subseries III.9: Banjo

Written by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; arranged by Moross

Subseries III.10: Bears

Subseries III.11: Big Country

Subseries III.12: Biguine

Subseries III.13: Blood Wedding

Subseries III.14: Captive City

Subseries III.15: Cardinal

Subseries III.16: Close Up

Subseries III.17: Cocaine Lil'

Subseries III.18: Concerto for Flute with String Quartet

Subseries III.19: Cow in Trailer

Subseries III.20: Creole Dance

Subseries III.21: Culture Vultures or Rise and Fall of Picklepop (Musical farce)

Subseries III.22: Dance to the People

Subseries III.23: Devil is an Ass

Original title "The Great Lucifer"

Subseries III.24: Etude d'Execution Transcendente sur une Chanson Populaire Americaine Le Voyageur d'Arkansaw

Subseries III.25: Five Finger Exercise

See also compact disc: "Valley of Gwangi."(Box 47)

Subseries III.26: Flossy

Subseries III.27: For Joshua and Aaron

Subseries III.28: Forget Me Not

Subseries III.29: Frankie and Johnny

Subseries III.30: General Armchair

Subseries III.31: Gentlemen, Be Seated!

Subseries III.32: Golden Apple

Subseries III.33: Guns and Castanets

Subseries III.34: Gunsmoke

Subseries III.35: Have Gun Will Travel

Subseries III.36: I Hear America Singing

Text adapted from Walt Whitman

Subseries III.37: In Darkness that Surrounds Us

Subseries III.38: In Memory of a Hero

Subseries III.39: Inventions for Flute, Oboe and Bassoon

Subseries III.40: Jabberwocky

Words by Lewis Carroll

Subseries III.41: Jayhawkers

Subseries III.42: Jerome Moross Sampler

Subseries III.43: Joan of Arc

Orchestral Arrangements by Moross.

Subseries III.44: Judith Anderson Presentation

Subseries III.45: Jury of Her Peers

Subseries III.46: King David: The Dance Before the Ark

Adapted from "Le Roi David: Le Danse devant l'Arche" by Arthur Honegger.

Subseries III.47: Last Judgement

See also compact disc: Symphony No. 1 (Box 46)

Subseries III.48: Life of the Bee

After Maeterlinck

Subseries III.49: Little Mermaid Ballet

Adapted by Moross from Franz Liszt for a Hans Christian Anderson film.

Subseries III.50: Love and Kisses

Subseries III.51: Love Me

Subseries III.52: Make Me Care

Subseries III.53: Man with a Bear

Script by Talbot Jennings

Subseries III.54: Mr Fox and Mrs Flye

Adapted from Ben Jonson's "Valpone."

Subseries III.55: Mountain Road

See also compact disc: "Valley of Gwangi."(Box 47)

Subseries III.56: Music for the Flicks

Subseries III.57: New Music Revues for Old

Article written by Moross.

Subseries III.58: Nocturne

Subseries III.59: Notes on Program

Written by Moross.

Subseries III.60: One for Me

Subseries III.61: Paenans

Subseries III.62: Parade

See also compact disc: "Underworld."(Box 47)

Subseries III.63: Peppermint Tree

Subseries III.64: Proud Rebel

Subseries III.65: Rachel, Rachel

Original title: "Jest of God." See also compact disc "Valley of Gwangi."(Box 47)

Subseries III.66: Ramble on a Hobo Tune

Subseries III.67: Recitative and Aria

Subseries III.68: Recitative and Aria

Subseries III.69: Recitative and Aria for Violin and Piano

Subseries III.70: Roundelay

Subseries III.71: Second Battle of Warsaw

Subseries III.72: Seven Wonders of the World

Subseries III.73: Sharkfighters

See also compact disc "The Valley of Gwangi."(Box 47)

Subseries III.74: Sonata for Piano

Subseries III.75: Sonata for Piano Duet and String Quartet

Subseries III.76: Sonata for Piano Duet and String Quartet

Subseries III.77: Sonatina for Brass Quintet

Subseries III.78: Sonatina for Clarinet Sextet

Subseries III.79: Sonatina for String Bass and Piano

Subseries III.80: Sonatina for Woodwind Quintet

Subseries III.81: Sonatinas

Subseries III.82: Sorry Wrong Number

Subseries III.83: Stevedore

Subseries III.84: Symphony No 1

Subseries III.85: Symphony No 2

Subseries III.86: Tall Story for Orchestra

Subseries III.87: There's a Moon Tonight

Subseries III.88: Those Everlasting Blues

Subseries III.89: Those Gamblers' Blues

Subseries III.90: Tumwater Rhapsody

Olympia Beer Commercial.

Subseries III.91: Two Songs

"Jabberwocky" and "Those Gamblers Blues."

Subseries III.92: Underworld

Subseries III.93: V-Day

Script by Arch Oboler

Subseries III.94: Valley of Gwangi

Subseries III.95: Variations

Subseries III.96: Variations on a Waltz

See also compact disc: Symphony No. 1.(Box 46)

Subseries III.97: Wagons Ho!

Subseries III.98: Warlord

See also compact disc: "Valley of Gwangi."(Box 47)

Subseries III.99: When I Grow Up

Subseries III.100: World Turned Upside Down

Based upon a Revolutionary War tune played at the surrender of Cornwallis.

Subseries III.101: Would-Be Gentleman

Music adapted from J.B. Lully

Series IV: Miscellaneous items

Subseries IV.1: Lyrics

Subseries IV.2: Outline for Operetta

Subseries IV.3: Score

Series V: Addition 2018

Accession 2018.2019.M066

 These two boxes are shelved off-site.

Series VI: Archived Web Site

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 Boxes 55 & 56 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jerome Moross Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material at Columbia

Reminiscences of Jerome Moross: Oral History, 1982 Columbia Center for Oral History.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed 01/--/1985 HR

Music scores Processed 09/26/1991 HR

Compact disk, tape cassette, & transcript. Processed 12/03/1991 HR

Two orchestral scores Processed 05/07/1992 HR

Photocopies of 6 letters to A. Copland Cataloged 07/24/1992 HR

Score for American Pattern Processed 04/22/1993 HR

2 scores & a CD Processed 02/21/1994 HR

Music score Processed 02/22/1994 HR

Henry Cowell letter Processed 06/09/2000 HR

Parts & corrections for Gentlemen, Be Seated. Processed 06/09/2000 HR

Moross-Palmer correspondence Processed 06/09/2000 HR

Parts for Biguine. Processed 06/09/2000 HR

Scores & script for The Golden Apple. Processed 06/09/2000 HR

Plaque & J. Robbins telegram Processed 06/09/2000 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-02-17 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
    2017-03-30 Archived Website series added by Jane Gorjevsky

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Audio cassettes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Audio tapes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Compact disks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Design drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial documents and records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Musical scores.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Phonograph records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sheet music.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watercolor drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watercolor paintings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Ballets--Piano scores.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Catton, Bruce, 1899-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clemens, Cyril, 1902-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Composers--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corwin, Norman, 1910-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
De Mille, Agnes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Evans, Maurice, 1901-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kreymborg, Alfred, 1883-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mancici, Henry.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Martin, Mary, 1913-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion picture music--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Music--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Musicals--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Musicians--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Orchestral music--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Radio music--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Robbins, Jerome.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rorem, Ned, 1923-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Songs--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Television music--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Thompson, Randall, 1899-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Vidal, Gore, 1925-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

American composer of film scores, concert works, and music for ballet and theater. He died in 1983.

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