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Series I: West Side Story, 1957-1993
Series II: Gypsy, 1959
Series III: Broadway Musicials, 1962-1993
Series IV: Television and Film, 1950s-1980s
Series VI: Other Works and Collaborations, 1960-1990s
At a Glance
This collection is arranged into seven series.
Scope and Content
Song copies and the scores of the original orchestrations for the Broadway musicals Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and I Can Get It For You Wholesale. Also, scores for the movie and stage orchestration and symphonic suite for West Side Story; and the original orchestral scores for the motion picture, Around The World In Eighty Days. The orchestration for this film was the work of Leo Shuken and Sid Cutner.
A majority of the contents in this collection are scores (in original, photocopied, and bound formats) for music arranged or composed by Sid Ramin throughout his career. The collection covers his work for Broadway, film, and television. It also includes scores arranged by Ramin for concerts and recording sessions by orchestral groups such as the Boston Pops and individual singers such as Barbra Streisand. Leonard Bernstein features prominently throughout the collection, as his musical West Side Story and its film adaptation are included, as well as several of Bernstein's other writings such as A Quiet Place, Mass, Jubilee Games, Sonata for Clarinet, and the Fanfare for John F. Kennedy.
While most of the folders are entirely composed of musical scores, some folders also contain notes and brief correspondence between Ramin and his collaborators, and some scores have written annotation from Ramin and his collaborators in the margins. For 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there are several folders of newspaper clippings with reviews of the production. The collection also includes a matted photograph of Sid Ramin taken in 2009.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 25-26. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions. If you would like to use audiovisual materials in Boxes 25-26, please contact the library in advance of your visit to discuss access options.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Permission required to copy music scores. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sid Ramin papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Ramin, Sid. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1968. Accession number--M-68.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.
Addition to the collection processed by Emily Hawk (GSAS 2022), 2018-2019.
2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2019-06-20 XML document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi
History / Biographical Note
Sidney Ramin (1919-2019) was an Academy Award, Grammy, and Daytime Emmy-winning orchestrator, composer, and arranger. From his long-spanning career, he was best known for his work as orchestrator for several prominent Broadway productions, including West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962). He was also well known for composing "Music to Watch Girls By," written as a commercial jingle for Diet Pepsi and first released in 1966 as a single by Bob Crewe. Additionally, he has composed and arranged scores for films and television programs, including Candid Camera, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy), The Milton Berle Show, and the made-for-television 1973 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.