Vic Mizzy papers, 1934-2009

Reprocessed by Melissa Haley, 2015; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Finding aid last updated 14 September 2016.


Title: Vic Mizzy papers
Collection number: PASC-M 144
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 49.0 linear ft. (51 boxes: 20 oversize flat boxes, 22 document boxes, 4 audio boxes, 4 record cartons, 1 artifact box)
Date (inclusive): 1934-2009
Abstract: The collection consists of manuscript and reproduction scores by composer Vic Mizzy for television series (including the Addams Family and Green Acres), made-for-television movies, and films, as well as manuscript songs and published sheet music. Also present are personal papers and correspondence, photographs, audiovisual material (especially audiotapes), books, and artifacts.
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: Mizzy, Vic, 1916-2009.

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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. To review these audiovisual materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vic Mizzy Papers (Collection PASC-M 144). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vic Mizzy, 2006; additions from estate, 2010.

Biography

Composer Vic Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 9, 1916. He worked as a songwriter in New York for several decades and moved to Los Angeles in 1963 to write music for television. Mizzy composed the themes and scores for the hit programs The Addams Family, Green Acres, and other sitcoms and made-for-television movies. In addition, he wrote music for a number of films including The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), and Don't Make Waves (1967). Mizzy also contributed music to the Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) films. His first wife was the singer and radio personality Mary Small. Vic Mizzy died in Los Angeles, California on October 17, 2009.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of manuscript and reproduction scores for television series, made-for-television movies, and films, as well as manuscript songs and published sheet music. Also present are personal papers and correspondence, photographs, audiovisual material (especially audiotapes), books, and artifacts.
Scores and published music for the Addams Family and Green Acres television series are located in Series 1.
This collection contains some material, including correspondence, photographs, clippings, and audiotapes, related to Mizzy's first wife the singer Mary Small and to other family members.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Scores and related material
  • Series 2. Songs
  • Series 3. Personal papers
  • Series 4. Photographs
  • Series 5. Audiovisual material
  • Series 6. Books
  • Series 7. Artifacts and ephemera

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5457676 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Addams family (Television program)
Film composers--Archives.
Green acres (Television program)
Television composers

Container List

 

Series 1. Scores and related material [1960]-[2007]

Scope and Content

Consists of manuscript and reproduction scores as well as related material for some titles, including cue sheets and scripts.
 

Subseries 1. Television series [1960]-1994

Box 3, Folders 1-2, Box 20, Folder 1

The 13th Gate

Box 1, Box 2, Folders 1-5, Box 20, Folders 2-6

The Addams Family [1964-1966]

Scope and Content

Includes manuscript and reproduction scores for main theme and other music for the original series. Published sheet music and instructional arrangements (band, string orchestra, jazz ensemble) for the main theme are also present (box 20, folders 4-6).
Box 20, Folder 7

The Addams Family (animated series) 1993-1994

Box 3, Folder 3

Captain Nice [1967]

Box 3, Folders 4-6

Delta House [1979]

Box 4, Folder 1

Doc

Box 20, Folder 8

The Don Rickles Show [1968-1969, 1972]

Box 4, Folders 2-3, Box 20, Folders 9-10

The Double Life of Henry Phyfe [1966]

Box 4, Folders 4-8, Box 5, Box 6, Box 7, Folders 1-4, Box 20, Folders 11-12, Box 21, Folder 1

Green Acres [1966-1971]

Scope and Content

Bulk is reproductions of manuscript scores for individual episodes. Also present is published sheet music for the main theme (box 20).
Box 7, Folders 5-7, Box 8, Folders 1-3

Hank [1965-1966]

Box 2, Folder 6, Box 21, Folder 2

Hondo [1967]

Box 8, Folders 4-7, Box 9, Box 21, Folders 3-4

Kentucky Jones [1964-1965]

Box 10, Folder 1, Box 21, Folder 5

Klondike [1960-1961]

Box 10, Folder 2, Box 21, Folder 6

Moment of Fear

Box 10, Folders 3-4, Box 21, Folder 7

The Phyllis Diller Show [The Pruitts of Southampton] [1966-1967]

Box 10, Folder 5, Box 21, Folder 8

Pioneer Spirit

Box 2, Folder 7

Quincy M.E. [1978]

Box 10, Folder 6

Rhubarb

Box 21, Folder 9

The Shirley Temple Show [Shirley Temple Storybook] [1960-1961]

 

Subseries 2. Made-for-television movies [1967]-[1981]

Box 10, Folder 7

Autumn of the Hunter 1971

Box 11, Folder 1

Campo 44 [1967]

Box 11, Folder 2, Box 21, Folder 10

Daddy's Girl [1973]

Box 21, Folder 11

Deadly Hunt [1971]

Box 18, Folders 1-2, Box 21, Folders 12-14

Halloween with the New Addams Family [1977]

Box 14, Folder 2

Hildegarde Withers [A Very Missing Person] [1972]

Box 11, Folder 3

Hurricane [1974]

Box 11, Folder 4, Box 22, Folder 1

Munster's Revenge [1981]

Box 11, Folders 5-6, Box 12, Folders 1-2, Box 18, Folder 3, Box 22, Folder 2

Terror on the 40th Floor [1974]

Box 12, Folder 3

Vernon's Volunteers [1969]

 

Subseries 3. Film [1965]-2007

Box 12, Folder 4, Box 22, Folder 10

The Busy Body [1967]

Box 12, Folder 5, Box 22, Folder 3

The Caper of the Golden Bulls [1967]

Box 19

Did You Hear the One about the Traveling Saleslady? [1968]

Box 13, Box 22, Folder 4

Don't Make Waves [1967]

Box 14, Folder 1, Box 19, Box 22, Folder 5

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken [1966]

Box 15, Folder 1

Money to Burn

Box 14, Folder 3, Box 19, Box 22, Folder 6

The Night Walker [1965]

Box 14, Folder 4, Box 15, Folders 2-3, Box 19, Box 22, Folders 7-8

The Perils of Pauline

Box 15, Folder 4, Box 19

The Reluctant Astronaut [1967]

Box 19

The Shakiest Gun in the West [1968]

Box 14, Folder 5, Box 22, Folder 9

Spider-Man 2 [2004]

Box 14, Folder 6

Spider-Man 3 [2007]

Box 16, Folder 1, Box 22, Folder 10

The Spirit Is Willing [1967]

Box 14, Folder 7, Box 19

A Very Special Favor [1965]

 

Subseries 4. Genre unknown

Box 16, Folder 2

Legal Eagle

Box 16, Folder 3

Plotkin Prison

Box 16, Folder 4

The Unpardonables

Box 16, Folder 5

Who's in Charge?

Box 17, Box 22, Folder 11

Unidentified

Box 49

Subseries 5. Music by others

Scope and Content

Manuscript scores of music by other composers.
 

Series 2. Songs 1934-1992, undated

Scope and Content

Songs with music by Mizzy and lyrics by Mann Curtis, Irving Taylor, and others.
 

Subseries 1. Published sheet music 1936-1992

Box 22, Folders 12-15

Titles A - S

Box 23, Folder 1

Titles T - Z

Box 23, Folders 2-3

Orchestrations

 

Subseries 2. Drafts and copies 1936-1964, undated

Scope and Content

Includes handwritten, typewritten, and reproduction versions of songs and lyrics.
Box 23, Folders 4-9

Titles A - F

Box 24

Titles G - O

Box 25, Folders 1-7

Titles P - Y

Box 25, Folder 8

Fragments/ unidentified

Box 25, Folder 9, Box 26, Folders 1-4

Subseries 3. Lyrics Bulk undated

Scope and Content

A set of lyrics for Mizzy's songs kept separately.
Box 26 , Folders 5-6, Box 27, Folders 1-3

Subseries 4. Music 1935, undated

Box 27, Folders 4-6

Subseries 5. NYU Varsity Show 1934-1936, undated

 

Series 3. Personal papers 1939-2009, undated

Box 28, Folders 1-5

Correspondence 1954-2009, undated

Scope and Content

Consists of letters, telegrams, faxes, and cards received, as well as printed email correspondence. Many are fan letters and requests for autographs; also present is correspondence from songwriter and music organizations regarding events and publicity. Telegrams from the 1950s are mostly addressed to Mary Small. In addition, there are some copies/drafts of outgoing letters.
Box 28, Folder 6

Drafts- scripts and articles Undated

Scope and Content

Partial drafts of scripts for television shows Jury Duty and Something to Sing About by Mizzy and Mann Curtis; also reviews and a draft of Mizzy's So You Want to Compose for TV and the Movies?.
Box 28, Folder 7

Business records [2003], undated

Scope and Content

Consists of a c.v. and a soundtrack album license for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
Box 28, Folder 8

Notes - public speaking Undated

Box 28, Folder 9

Notes - recording Undated

Box 28, Folder 10

Song and track lists Undated

Box 29, Folders 1-5, 8

Music instructional material 1948, undated

Scope and Content

Consists of several binders of instructional material by Mizzy and others, all presumably for a course he taught at New York University.
Box 29, Folder 6, Box 51

Certificates and awards 1939-1992

Box 30

List of classical composers Undated

Box 31

Clippings and periodicals 1950s-2000s

Scope and Content

Includes several articles about Mary Small (folder 7).
 

Series 4. Photographs [1940s-2000s]

Scope and Content

Photographs are primarily of Vic Mizzy, his first wife the singer Mary Small, their daughters, and other family members. There are also a number of images and stills from film and television productions, including Addams Family and Green Acres, as well as portraits of other entertainers.
Some photographs were originally housed together in albums or files, particularly those that have been labeled "family photographs." The rest of the items were loose in boxes and have been organized according to subject. Oversized photographs are housed separately in box 18.
Box 32, Folder 1

[Album 1]: Family photographs

Box 32, Folder 2

[Album 2]: Mary Small

Box 18, Folder 4, Box 32, Folders 3-5

Family photographs

Box 18, Folder 4, Box 32, Folders 6-10

Family photographs ["Mom's Pictures"]

Box 18, Folder 4, Box 32, Folder 11

Vic Mizzy

Box 32, Folder 12

Mary Small

Box 32, Folder 13

Productions

Scope and Content

Includes images of Mizzy at work as well as stills and set photos from several television series, including Addams Family, Green Acres, Klondike, and others.
Box 33, Folders 1-3

Events

Scope and Content

Mostly events of songwriters' organizations, especially Songwriters Guild of America. Includes some contact sheets.
Box 33, Folder 4

Portraits of others

Scope and Content

Subjects are mostly musicians, also some actors; many are autographed to Mizzy.
Box 33, Folder 5

Negatives

Box 33, Folder 6

JPEG on floppy disc: "pic of Vic Mizzy"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Use of electronic format material requires special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To review these materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.
 

Series 5. Audiovisual material Bulk undated

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

SERIES CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. To review these audiovisual materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

Scope and Content

The bulk of audio material is music by Mizzy for television series and films. Also present are a number of recordings of Mizzy's first wife, Mary Small, as well as his daughter, Patty Mizzy. Audiotapes are undated except where noted.
 

Subseries 1. Audiotapes, film and television music

Box 39

The 13th Gate (5") [1 reel]

Boxes 39, 43

The Addams Family (5", 10 1/2") [2 reels]

Box 39

The Blonde (5") [1 reel]

Box 34

The Busy Body (7") [3 reels]

Box 39

Campo 44 (5") [2 reels]

Box 34

The Caper of the Golden Bulls (7") [4 reels]

Box 34

Captain Nice (7") [1 reel]

Box 34

Daddy's Girl (7") [1 reel]

Box 34

Day by Day (7") [2 reels]

Box 34

The Deadly Hunt (7") [3 reels]

Boxes 35, 39

Delta House (5", 7") [4 reels]

Box 35

Did You Hear the One about the Traveling Saleslady? (7") [2 reels]

Box 39

Doc (5") [2 reels]

Scope and Content

One reel shares content with Pioneer Spirit.
Box 39

The Don Rickles Show (4", 5") [4 reels]

Scope and Content

4" reels share content with The Phyllis Diller Show [The Pruitts of Southampton].
Box 35

Don't Make Waves (7") [3 reels]

Box 39

The Double Life of Henry Phyfe (4") [3 reels]

Box 35

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (7") [2 reels]

Boxes 35, 39

Green Acres (5", 7") [2 reels]

Box 35

Halloween with the New Addams Family (7") [3 reels]

Boxes 35, 39

Hildegarde Withers (5", 7") [2 reels]

Box 36

How to Frame a Figg (7") [2 reels]

Box 36

Hurricane Hunters (7") [2 reels]

Box 39

Kentucky Jones (4") [1 reel]

Box 40

Legal Eagle (5") [1 reel]

Box 36

Love God (7") [2 reels]

Box 36

Money to Burn (7") [2 reels]

Box 36

Munster's Revenge (7") [1 reel]

Box 36

The Night Walker (7") [3 reels]

Boxes 36-37, 42

The Perils of Pauline (7", 10 1/2") [11 reels]

Boxes 37, 39

The Phyllis Diller Show [The Pruitts of Southampton] (4", 7") [4 reels]

Scope and Content

4" reels share content with The Don Rickles Show.
Boxes 39-40

Pioneer Spirit (4", 5") [3 reels, 1 with Doc]

Scope and Content

One 5" reel shares content with Doc.
Box 37

Plotkin Prison (7") [1 reel]

Box 37

Quincy (7") [1 reel]

Box 37

The Reluctant Astronaut (7") [2 reels]

Box 37

Rhubarb (7") [1 reel]

Box 37

The Richard Boone Show (7") [1 reel]

Box 37

Shakespeare Loves Rembrandt (7") [1 reel]

Box 37

The Shakiest Gun in the West (7") [2 reels]

Box 38

The Spirit Is Willing (7") [2 reels]

Box 38

Temperature's Rising (7") [1 reel]

Box 38

Terror on the 40th Floor (7") [2 reels]

Box 38

Vernon's Volunteers (7") [1 reel]

Box 38

A Very Special Favor (7") [4 reels]

Boxes 38, 40

[Villa] Portofino (5", 7") [2 reels]

Box 40

Television/ film theme songs (5") [2 reels]

Scope and Content

Includes Addams Family and Green Acres.
Box 39

Unidentified [PAM pilot] (4") [1 reel]

 

Subseries 2. Audiotapes, songs and other music

Box 40

Songs - Vic Mizzy (5", 7") [6 reels] scope note

Box 40

Songs - Mary Small (7") [2 reels] scope note

Boxes 41, 43

Patty Mizzy (5", 10 1/2") [3 reels] 1959

Scope and Content

5": Tracks listed for one reel are: "Patty, You're in Love" and "You Name the Time." Second reel consists of "Patty's review of the movie." 10 1/2": Unison (London) recording with Tommy Britt, 1959.
Box 41

Traffic safety promos (5", 16 mm with sound) [14 reels]

Scope and Content

Includes "The Buckle Up Song" and versions of "In the Middle, in the Middle, in the Middle" (one with Patty Mizzy vocals). Also present are PSAs for pedestrian safety for the NYC Dept. of Traffic in several languages.
Box 38

The Whole World Is Singing My Song (7") [1 reel] (scope note)

Box 38

Maestro Amplified Sound System for Woodwinds (7") [1 reel]

Box 38

WEVD Commercials (7") [1 reel]

Box 40

Unidentified (7") [1 reel]

Boxes 43-44

Subseries 3. Discs

Scope and Content

Includes 7", 10", and 12" discs, mostly acetate, of Mizzy's television and film music and songs. Also included are several songs by Mary Small and Patty Mizzy.
Box 45

Subseries 4. Cassettes

Scope and Content

Consists of television and film music, songs, interviews, events, and music by others; also a few recordings of Mary Small and Patty Mizzy.
Boxes 45-46

Subseries 5. CDs

Scope and Content

Consists of television and film music, songs and soundtracks, recordings by others of Mizzy's songs, and interviews; in addition there is a small number of recordings by Mary Small and Patty Mizzy.
Box 47

Subseries 6. VHS and DVD

Scope and Content

Bulk is VHS tapes of films with Mizzy's music. Also present are some of Mizzy's television themes, interviews, and events.
Box 48

Series 6. Books 1949-1988

Scope and Content

Most books are autographed to Mizzy.
 

Adam, Joey and Henry Tobias. The Borscht Belt. 1966

 

Cox, Stephen. The Beverly Hillbillies. 1988

 

Diller, Phyllis. Housekeeping Hints. 1966

 

Diller, Phyllis. The Joys of Aging & How to Avoid Them. 1981

 

Greenbaum, Everett. The Golden-Berg Who Couldn't Dance. 1980

 

Herman, Pinky. Showbiz and "Me". 1977

 

Murray, Lyn. Musician A Hollywood Journal of Wives, Writers, Lawyers, Directors, Producers and Music. 1987

 

Schillinger, Frances. Joseph Schillinger. 1949

 

Shemel, Sidney and M. William Krasilovsky. The Business of Music. 1971

 

Tobias, Henry. Music in My Heart and Borscht in My Blood. 1987

 

White, John I. Git Along, Little Dogies Songs and Songmakers of the American West. 1975

 

The Book of Music. 1979

 

Series 7. Artifacts and ephemera 1943-2000, undated

Box 18, Folder 5

Lobby cards [1965-1968]

Scope and Content

Lobby cards for the films Did You Hear the One about the Traveling Saleslady?, Don't Make Waves, How to Frame a Figg, The Night Walker, and The Reluctant Astronaut.
Box 18, Folder 5

Artwork Undated

Scope and Content

A mixed media portrait of Mizzy and a reproduction Charles Addams Addam's Family cartoon.
Box 18, Folder 5, Box 29, Folder 7

Ephemera 1943-2000

Scope and Content

Includes programs, flyers, stamps, and invitations.
Box 50

Artifacts

Scope and Content

Consists of three plaques; two are signage from Mizzy's house, the other a commendation from Variety magazine to Mizzy.