Scope and arrangement
This collection contains scores, writings and productions files from 1892 through 1975, though the bulk of the collection is from the 1930s through the 1950s. The strengths of this collection are the parts for Royal's arrangements of well-known and obscure songs and his own compositions, many of which were not published. The collection also includes writings on music theory and arranging by Royal and correspondence courses he subscribed to, most notably by Joseph Schillinger, with whom Royal studied. Of special interest is sheet music for several songs from Paint Your Wagon, (1951) which were cut prior to its Broadway opening. This is a collection of professional materials and its scope does not extend to personal materials.
The Ted Royal scores are arranged in three series:
- 1909-197533 boxes
This series contains scores, in most cases full orchestra parts of songs and musical pieces written by Royal or orchestrated by him. Most of these songs were part of band arrangements or written for Broadway musicals or film and projects.
- 1892-19676 boxes
This series consists of writings by Royal on music theory and arranging as well as articles and correspondence courses by other music theorists.
- 1947-19511 box
This series includes scripts, correspondence, notes and financial records pertaining to two Broadway musicals Royal orchestrated, Brigadoon (1947) and Paint Your Wagon (1951) and to his own full-length musicals Carnival Time Down in New Orleans and Pleasure Express.