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 more than 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.