Scope and Content
Title: Mortimer Wilson Collection of silent film music compositions and arrangement
Date (inclusive): 1883-1930, bulk 1910-1930
Collection number: 54-M
Wilson, Mortimer, 1876-1932.
21 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: This collection consists of manuscripts, with some photocopies, sketches, and scores.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
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.
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.
[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.
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
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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wilson, Mortimer, 1876-1932--Archives.
Composers--United States--Archival resources.
Silent film music.
Genres and Forms of Material