Scope and Contents
The Hugo Keesing collection on television and popular theme songs covers the period from 1929 to 2007; the bulk of the materials date from the 1950s to the 1990s. This collection is one of many maintained by Dr. Keesing. It is comprised of approximately 380 pieces of sheet music and one songbook of theme songs from popular television programs twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The scores are arranged alphabetically by the title of the television program with which the song is associated. The songbook is in a separate folder at the end of the alphabet. The majority of the publications in this collection are from the United States, as well as small amount from England. The order of this collection was created by Keesing prior to donation and consequently maintained during archival processing. This collection also contains several books about many popular shows, ranging from viewer guides, pictorial histories, and quizzes, covering a variety of programs from 1950s soaps to The West Wing. Dr. Keesing has also collected several items of realia and memorabilia related to popular television shows, available in the Keesing Collection on Popular Music and Culture. See "Related Materials" section of this finding aid for more information.