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Cinematic Arts *: Elmer Bernstein

The Cinematic Arts Library is located on the ground floor of the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library. The Cinematic Arts Collection supports teaching and research through the Doctoral and post-graduate levels.

Contact Info

Sandra Garcia-Myers
Director of Archival Collections
Phone: (213) 740-8383
Doheny Memorial Library, G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185


One of the greatest and most prolific film composers of all time, Elmer Bernstein defined many of the standards of modern film music. While best known for his scores for "The Magnificent Seven," "To Kill A Mockingbird," "The Great Escape," and many others, Bernstein was a master of all genres and media. His credits include over 200 film and television scores in the latter half of the 20th century, making him one of the most recorded composers in Hollywood history.

Bernstein's collection of music, film, and related materials is housed and maintained at the USC Cinematic Arts Library. This rare collection consists of reproduced as well as hand-written scores and sketches from all periods of Bernstein's career. Related materials in the collection include 16 & 35 mm film, reel-to-reel audio-tape, photographs, video/DVD, compact discs, DAT tapes, cassettes, correspondence, albums, and awards.