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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 272

Lawrence Crosley fonds.  - 1960-1995.  - 2.10 m of textual records.  - 27 audio tape reels.  - 18 videocassettes.  - 6 film reels. 

Biographical sketch
Lawrence Crosley was born in Oaklandon, Indiana, studied music at the Eastman School of Music, and settled in Ottawa in 1959 to work as a composer (1959-60) and Music Director (1961-66) at Crawley Films.  He then worked as a freelancer for agencies such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film Board of Canada, where he became head of the music and post-production sound section (1978-80).  He composed the music for numerous films, including Cry of the Wild, The Man Who Skied Down Everest, The Days Before Yesterday, The Teddy Bears' Picnic, Seasons of the Mind and The Lost Pharaoh.  He taught at the University of Northern Arizona in 1987 and at the University of Ottawa from 1989 to 1990. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to Lawrence Crosley's work as a musician.  It includes shot lists; drafts and/or manuscript scores for some 175 compositions Crosley created for the National Film Board of Canada, the CBC (Ottawa and Toronto), Crawley Films and other companies or organizations; sound recordings of film music (Defensive Driving; On to the Polar Sea; Man in Motion; Picture Canada; etc.) and the Concerto pour saxophone et guitare; and videocassettes and film reels related primarily to the film Searching

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Lawrence Crosley in 1996. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure