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Mortimer Wilson music compositions, 1901-1932
PASC-M 54  
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Mortimer Wilson music compositions
    Collection number: PASC-M 54
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.0 linear ft. (19 flat boxes and 1 document box)
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1932
    Abstract: This collection consists of manuscripts and published music scores. There is also a small amount of personal material.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Wilson, Mortimer

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mortimer Wilson Music Compositions (Collection PASC M-54). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Mortimer Wilson was born on August 6, 1876 in Chariton, IA. He studied music in Chicago, and at the age of twenty-five became the head of the Department of Theory and Composition at the University of Nebraska. After a sojourn in Europe, he returned to the United States to become director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In the 1920s he composed musical accompaniments for silent films, most significantly the Douglas Fairbanks pictures The Thief of Bagdad, Don Q., Son of Zorro, and The Black Pirate. He died on January 27, 1932, in New York City.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists predominantly of manuscripts and published scores of orchestral music. It includes original compositions and transcriptions of others' music. It also includes music composed to accompany three Douglas Fairbanks films: The Thief of Bagdad; Don Q., Son of Zorro; and The Black Pirate. There is also a very small amount of personal material, including book manuscripts, clippings, and programs for John Philip Sousa concerts.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Musical compositions by Mortimer Wilson
    • Series 2. Transcriptions by Mortimer Wilson
    • Series 3. Personal material

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4234009 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wilson, Mortimer, 1876-1932--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archives.
    Silent film music.