Scope and arrangement
The Wladimir Selinsky Papers consist primarily of scripts for the radio and television productions for which Selinsky composed music, and the scores for that music. Radio programs with scripts and scores include the anthologies CBS Electric Theatre, CBS Helen Hayes Theatre and CBS Textron Theatre, and the educational series The Jeffersonian Heritage and People Under Communism. Television productions documented by scripts and/or scores include the series Lux Video Theater and Kraft Television Theater, and the network television films Forbidden City, Miles To Go Before I Sleep and Family Reunion. The collection also contains stock film music composed by Selinsky, some of which may have appeared in the Ed Wood film Plan 9 From Outer Space. There is also a set of arrangements by Selinsky of popular songs presumably used for Strings In Swingtime broadcasts, as well as recordings. In addition to scores and scripts, the collection has a small amount of papers, mainly production notes and music timings, and a few financial papers.
The Wladimir Selinsky papers are arranged in two series:
- 1941-1975 and undated7 boxes
This series consists mainly of scripts for the radio and television productions that Selinsky wrote music for. Most of the scripts are adaptations by a staff writer of original plays or stories. It also includes notes on timings for music cues, and a small amount of business and financial papers. Script authors are credited when known. All scripts are arranged in broadcast sequence within its program series.
- 1944-1981 and undated21 boxes
This series consists of scores, parts and lead sheets for incidental music Selinsky wrote for radio and television programs as well as arrangements of popular songs (and some songs of his own) he wrote for broadcasts and recordings. Scores from TV or radio series are arranged in broadcast sequence.