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Axel Stordahl papers

Identifier: Ax 528

Scope and Contents

The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.

The scores and arrangements are arranged in numerical order as assigned by the composer. The paper finding aid lists score and arrangement titles in numerical order.

Also included are recordings on 45rpm records in German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and French, and tape recordings of German love songs, and Japanese songs.


  • Creation: 1936-1961

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was born in Staten Island, NY on August 8, 1913. He began his career as a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra from 1934 to 1936. He subsequently joined Tommy Dorsey who featured Frank Sinatra as the lead singer. Stordahl remained with Dorsey from 1936-1943. He later became Frank Sinatra's musical composer for the radio show, "Hit Parade," and remained with Sinatra for two years as composer and conductor.

Stordahl also arranged and conducted music for Eddie Fisher for four years, and for Gisele McKenzie, Nanette Fabray, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. Along with Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn, he composed "Day by Day." Other popular arrangements were "If I Should Care," "Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back," "Talking to Myself," "Night After Night," "Ride Off and Recollections."


274 linear feet (237 containers)

Language of Materials



Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra and Tommy Dorsey, and composed music for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby among others. The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.


Collection is physically arranged by the author's original numerical system.

Physical Description

204 clamshell boxes, 35 oversize boxes.

Guide to the Axel Stordahl Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet. Finding aid revised by Emily Haskins.
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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA