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Finding Aid for the Mortimer Wilson Collection of silent film music compositions and arrangement, 1883-1930, bulk 1910-1930
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mortimer Wilson Collection of silent film music compositions and arrangement
    Date (inclusive): 1883-1930, bulk 1910-1930
    Collection number: 54-M
    Creator: Wilson, Mortimer, 1876-1932.
    Extent: 21 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: This collection consists of manuscripts, with some photocopies, sketches, and scores.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mortimer Wilson, Jr., 1984.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mortimer Wilson Collection of silent film music compositions and arrangement (Collection Number 54-M). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Wilson was born on Aug. 6, 1876 in Chariton, IA; studied in Chicago with Jacobsohn, Gleason, and Middelschulte (1894-1900); taught theory at University School of Music in Lincoln, NE (1901-7); spent 3 years in Leipzig, Germany, studying with Sitt and Reger; was at the Atlanta Conservatory in 1911 and conducted the Symphony Orchestra; taught at Brenau College, Gainesville, GA (1916-18); was consulting editor for the National Academy of Music in NY; wrote The rhetoric of music (1907); composed 5 symphonies, chamber music, and many songs and piano pieces; wrote music for silent films produced by Douglas Fairbanks, including The thief of Bagdad (1924), Don Q., son of Zorro (1925), and The black pirate (1926); died on Jan. 27, 1932, in New York.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists predominantly of manuscripts, with some photocopies, sketches, and scores (short and full). Includes original compositions, transcriptions and arrangements created to accompany silent films, such as Don Q., son of Zorro, The thief of Bagdad, and The black pirate. Also includes some published music, miscellaneous material, and music for piano, organ, chamber groups, and orchestra.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Wilson, Mortimer, 1876-1932--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archival resources.
    Silent film music.
    Music--Manuscripts.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Scores.