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Title: Morris and Barnard Young Music Business Records, 1832-1988
Primary Creator: Young, Morris N. (1909)
Extent: 50.25 cubic feet
Arrangement: Organized in seven series.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1995
Subjects: Music business, Music Publishers
Formats/Genres: Broadsides, Financial Records, Sheet music
The Morris and Barnard Young Business Records consists of financial records, correspondence, royalty statements, songsters and broadsides, radio logs, legal documents, periodicals, music manuscripts, and memorabilia (fliers, brochures, playbills, etc.) that were compiled by Morris N. Young, as part owner of several music publishing, marketing, producing, and artist representation enterprises owned and operated by the brothers between ca. 1934 and 1972. The collection contains legal reports and supporting documentation from key litigation cases that were filed by Barney Young in the 1950s and 1960s against Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) et. al., and the Walt Disney Corporation. The collection also includes periodicals and publications both generated by companies owned by one or both of the Young brothers and those that they collected. The final three series are publications and manuscripts, both musical and prose, created by associates of the Youngs.
See also record series number 35/3/68.
Morris N. Young -- opthalmologist, author, and collector of books and artifacts on magic, mnemonics, and old sheet music -- was born July 20, 1909 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died November 13, 2002 in Norwich, Connecticut at the aged of ninety-three. In addition to his vocational and avocational involvements, Young served as president of or was heavily involved with many music publishing companies and performer organizations such as Bomart Music Company, Ferris Records, National Juke Box Records, Godell Music, International Songwriters Association, and the Denton & Haskins Music Corporation which he and his brother, Bernard Young, purchased.
Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
The UIUC Music Library purchased a related collection, the Morris Young Music Library of Early American Popular Music, in 1986 from rare book broker, J. Lubrano in New York. The business records were acquired in a subsequent gift from the collector's estate ca. 1995.
Box 127 transferred from MPAL: 4/12/2017
Records arranged by type and then alphabetical by company name (i.e., general records and account ledgers).
Of particular interest are the Intercollegiate Music League National Anthem materials found in boxes 4 and 5, a collection of correspondence and sheet music received by Barney Young in and around 1938 in response to his inquiries sent to countries all over the world.
Banner consisting of multiple silks patched together.
See also Series 1, Subseries 1, Box 4, Item 1.