Finding Aid for the Rudolf Friml Collection of musical compositions, 1905-1968

Processed by UCLA Library Special Collections staff and Peggy Alexander, February 2013; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Rudolf Friml Collection of musical compositions
Date (inclusive): 1905-1968
Collection number: PASC-M 20
Creator: Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972.
Extent: 200 boxes (100 linear ft.)
Abstract: The collection consists of scores and sketches, and ozalid reproductions of music for the stage and other compositions by Friml, as well as many sound recordings, and personal and business papers. The collection is currently being processed. Updates to the finding aid will be made periodically.
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 Rudolf Friml, 1968-1969.
Gift of the Composer, 1971 (Boxes 1-3).

Processing Note

The majority of the collection is in the midst of being processed. The finding aid will be updated periodically.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rudolf Friml Collection of musical compositions (Collection Number PASC-M 20). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Charles Rudolf Friml was born on Dec. 7, 1879 in Prague, Czechoslovakia; studied composition with Antonín Dvořák and piano with Josef Jiránek at the Prague Conservatory (1900-3); was accompanist for the violinist Jan Kubelfk on tours of Europe and the US (1900-6); settled in the US in 1906, performing his First piano concerto with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra; gained a reputation for his keyboard improvisations, character pieces, lyrical salon dances, etudes, violin and cello pieces and songs, some written under the pseudonym Roderick Freeman; wrote 30 operettas and revue scores; moved to Hollywood in 1925, adapting his works and writing new scores for films; compositions include The firefly (1912), Rose Marie (1924), The vagabond king (1925), and The three musketeers (1928); he died on Nov. 12, 1972 in Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of: scores and sketches, and ozalid reproductions of music for the stage and other compositions by Friml; printed sheet music and scores of Friml's compositions; commercial and non-commercial sound recordings, including improvisations by Friml at the piano; business and personal papers; and posters and ephemera relating to the composer's career.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1. Business papers
  • Series 2. Clippings
  • Series 3. Correspondence
  • Series 4. Written Music
  • Series 5. Photographs
  • Series 6. Posters
  • Series 8. Sound recordings
  • Series 10. Works: The Firefly
  • Series 11. Works: The Vagabond King
  • Series 12. Works: Prelude to Vatican City
  • Series 14. Works: L'Amour Toujours
  • Series 15. Works: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra III
  • Series 16. Works: Oriental Fantasy
  • Series 17. Works: Lord I'm Glad
  • Series 18. Works: Scotch Archer's Song
  • Series 19. Works: Faster and Faster
  • Series 20. Works: Spirit of America
  • Series 21. Programs and Playbills
  • Series 22. Miscellaneous Paper Materials (unprocessed)
  • Series 23. Scripts
  • Series 24. Travel
  • Series 27. Works: Rose Marie
  • Series 28. Works: Mt. Matterhorn
  • Series 29. Works: Friml Fantasy
  • Series 30. Film
  • Series 31. Death and Tributes

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972 --Archives.
Composers --United States --Archival resources.
Musicals.
Music --Manuscripts.


Container List

Box 1

[Folders 1-14.]

Scope and Content Note

Folders 1-14. See paper finder in Performing Arts Special Collections
Box 2

[Folders 15-21, 16 is missing.]

Scope and Content Note

Folders 15-21, 16 is missing. See paper finder in Performing Arts Special Collections
Box 3, Folder 22

[Folder 22.]

Scope and Content Note

See paper finder in Performing Arts Special Collections.
Box 3, Folder 23

A. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 12 items.
Box 3, Folder 24

B-C. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 27 items.
Box 3, Folder 25

D-E. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 17 items.
Box 3, Folder 26

F-I. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Language of Materials note: 20 items.
Box 3, Folder 27

L-M. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 23 items.
Box 3, Folder 28

N-R. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 25 items.
Box 3, Folder 29

S-T. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 24 items.
Box 3, Folder 30

V. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 32 items.
Box 3, Folder 31

W. Professional copies of Friml's music.

Physical Description: 8 items.
 

Business papers Series 1.

 

Contracts Subseries 1.

Box 57

Assorted Unprocessed Contracts

Box 151

Assorted Unprocessed Contracts

Box 153

Assorted Unprocessed Contracts

 

Friml Family Finances Subseries 2.

Box 86

Assorted Unprocessed Financial Records

Box 143

Assorted Unprocessed Financial Records

 

Royalties Subseries 3.

Box 58

Assorted Unprocessed Royalties

Box 68

Assorted Unprocessed Royalties

Box 68

Assorted Unprocessed Royalty Statements

Box 148

Assorted Unprocessed Royalties

 

Catalog Records Subseries 4.

Box 80

Assorted Unprocessed Catalog Records

 

Clippings Series 2.

Box 45

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 72

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 146

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 184

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 200

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 258

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 270

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 271

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 272

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 274

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 275

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 277

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 278

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 280

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 281

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 291

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 293

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 297

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

Box 298

Assorted Unprocessed Clippings

 

Correspondence Series 3.

Box 43

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 44

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 46

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 48

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 49

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 49

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 56

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 70

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 85

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 103

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 138

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 149

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 170

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 197

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 249

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 254

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 276

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 282

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 283

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 284

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 285

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 286

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

Box 293

Assorted Unprocessed Correspondence

 

Written Music Series 4.

 

Manuscripts Subseries 1.

Box 42

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 52

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 53

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 54

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 55

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 59

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 60

The Three Musketeers

Scope and Content Note

Conductor's score.
Box 60

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 61

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 62

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 83

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 88

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 89

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 91

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 94

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 95

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 97

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 98

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 110

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 113

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 114

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 115

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 116

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 120

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 121

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 122

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 123

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 124

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 128

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 154

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 156

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 157

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 158

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 161

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 162

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 163

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 164

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 167

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 173

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 175

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 187

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 197

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 203

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 213

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 214

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 232

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 245

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 246

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

Box 297

Unprocessed Assorted Manuscripts

 

Musical Sketches Subseries 2.

Scope and Content Note

The contents of this series consist of full length musical sketches as well as those made by the composer on scraps of paper, pieces of paper towels, used envelopes, etc.
Box 83

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

Box 95

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

Box 141

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

Box 175

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

Box 176

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

Box 199

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

Box 234

Unprocessed Assorted Musical Sketches

 

Scores and Parts Subseries 3.

Box 112

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 117

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 192

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 193

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 195

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 196

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 197

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 198

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 199

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 200

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 201

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 202

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 203

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 211

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 212

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 213

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 218

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 220

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 222

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 223

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 224

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 227

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 238

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

Box 240

Assorted Unprocessed Scores and Parts

Box 309

Assorted Unprocessed Orchestral Parts

 

Sheet Music Subseries 4.

Box 63

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 64

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 65

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 66

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 82

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 111

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 118

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 119

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 150

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 152

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 165

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 169

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 186

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 215

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 216

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 217

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 219

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 229

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 230

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 233

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 247

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 248

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 256

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 259

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 260

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 261

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 262

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 273

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 296

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 308

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

Box 310

Assorted Unprocessed Sheet Music

 

Lyrics Subseries 5.

Box 204

Assorted Unprocessed Lyrics

 

Works: L'Amour Toujours Series 14.

Box 93

Manuscript and Orchestral Parts

 

Works: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra III Series 15.

Box 93

Orchestral Parts

Box 94

Manuscript

 

Works: Faster and Faster Series 19.

Box 96

Conductor's Score

 

Works: The Firefly Series 10.

Box 237

Orchestral Parts

Box 239

Orchestral Parts

Box 251

Assorted Unprocessed Items

 

Works: Friml Fantasy Series 29.

Box 239

Orchestral Parts

 

Works: Lord I'm Glad Series 17.

Box 96

Manuscript Score

Box 96

Orchestra and Choir Parts

 

Works: Mt. Matterhorn Series 28.

Box 228

Orchestral Parts

 

Works: Oriental Fantasy Series 16.

Box 93

Orchestral Parts

Box 94

Manuscript

 

Works: Rose Marie Series 27.

 

Assorted Unprocessed Items

 

Orchestral Parts Subseries 1.

Box 194

Assorted Orchestral Parts

 

Works: Scotch Archer's Song Series 18.

Box 96

Manuscript Score

Box 96

Orchestra and Choir Parts

 

Works: Spirit of America Series 20.

Box 96

Conductor's Score

 

Works: The Vagabond King Series 11.

Box 67

Conductor's Score

Box 67

Prompt Books

Box 87

Orchestra Parts

Box 198

Assorted Unprocessed Items Relating to Vagabond King

Box 225

Orchestra Parts

Box 226

Orchestra Parts

General note

Used for Houston Opera performance.
 

Works: Prelude to Vatican City Series 12.

Box 92

Manuscript

Box 92

Score and Orchestral Parts

 

Photographs Series 5.

Box 50

Assorted Unprocessed Photographs

Box 51

Assorted Unprocessed Photographs

Box 185

Assorted Unprocessed Photographs

Box 252

Assorted Unprocessed Photographs

Box 298

Assorted Unprocessed Photographs

 

Negatives Subseries 1.

Box 263

Assorted unprocessed rolls of negatives

Box 264

Assorted unprocessed rolls of negatives

Box 268

Assorted unprocessed rolls of negatives

Box 269

Assorted unprocessed rolls of negatives

 

Posters Series 6.

Box 41

The Firefly

Physical Description: 24" x 29.5"

General note

Framed
Box 309

Assorted Unprocessed Posters

 

Programs and Playbills Series 21.

Box 47

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

Box 142

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

Box 188

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

Box 195

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

Box 231

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

Box 235

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

Box 279

Assorted Unprocessed Programs

 

Sound recordings Series 8.

 

Commercial Subseries 1.

Box 8

Assorted 10" commercial and non-commercial sound recordings

Box 18

Assorted 12" commercial and non-commercial sound recordings

Box 75

Assorted Unprocessed 78 rpm recordings

Box 77

Assorted 12" commercial and non-commercial sound recordings

Box 100

Assorted Unprocessed LP Sound Recordings

Box 101

Assorted Unprocessed LP Sound Recordings

Box 102

Assorted Unprocessed LP Sound Recordings

Box 131

Assorted Unprocessed LP Sound Recordings

Box 135

Assorted Unprocessed LP Sound Recordings

Box 136

Assorted Unprocessed LP Sound Recordings

 

Non-Commercial Subseries 2.

Box 6

Assorted 10" non-commercial sound discs

Box 7

Assorted 10" non-commercial sound discs

Box 8

Assorted 10" commercial and non-commercial sound discs

Box 9

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 10

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 11

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 12

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 13

Assorted 10" non-commercial sound discs

Box 14

Assorted 10" non-commercial sound discs

Box 15

Assorted 10" non-commercial sound discs

Box 16

Assorted 10" non-commercial sound discs

Box 17

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 18

Assorted 12" non-commercial and commercial sound discs

Box 19

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 20

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 21

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 22

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 23

Assprted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 24

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 25

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 26

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 27

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 28

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 29

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 73

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 74

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

Box 76

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 77

Assorted 12" non-commercial and commercial sound discs

Box 78

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 79

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 81

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 99

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 104

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 105

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 106

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 107

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 108

Assorted 16" non-commercial sound discs

Box 125

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 126

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 127

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 129

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 130

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 132

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 133

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 134

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 137

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 139

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 159

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 160

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 166

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 168

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 177

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 178

Assorted Unprocessed 5" Open Tape Reels

Box 179

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 180

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 181

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 182

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 183

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 205

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 206

Assorted 5" open reel tapes

Box 206

Assorted Unprocessed Piano Rolls

Box 206

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 207

Assorted 5" open reel tapes

Box 207

Assorted Unprocessed Piano Rolls

Box 208

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 236

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 241

Assorted Unprocessed 10" Open Tape Reels

Box 242

Assorted Unprocessed 10" Open Tape Reels

Box 243

Assorted Unprocessed 10" Open Tape Reels

Box 244

Assorted Unprocessed 10" Open Tape Reels

Box 289

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 290

Unprocessed Assorted Notebooks Referring to Open Reel Tapes

Box 294

Unprocessed Assorted 7" Open Reel Tapes

Box 295

Assorted 12" non-commercial sound discs

 

Scripts Series 23.

Box 132

Assorted Unprocessed Scripts

Box 140

Assorted Unprocessed Scripts

Box 253

Assorted Unprocessed Scripts

Box 287

Assorted Unprocessed Scripts

 

Travel Series 24.

Box 69

Assorted Unprocessed Travel Materials

Box 147

Assorted Unprocessed Travel Materials

 

Menus Subseries 1.

Box 189

Assorted Menus

Box 190

Assorted Menus

Box 191

Assorted Menus

Box 257

Assorted Menus

 

Film Series 30.

Box 265

Assorted rolls of film

Box 266

Assorted rolls of film

Box 267

Assorted rolls of film

 

Unprocessed Paper Materials Series 22.

Box 71

Assorted Unprocessed Items

Box 84

Assorted Unprocessed Items

Box 155

Assorted Unprocessed Items

Box 174

Assorted Unprocessed Items

Box 255

Assorted Unprocessed Items

Box 293

Assorted Unprocessed Items

Box 309

Assorted Unprocessed Items

 

Death and Tributes Series 31.

 

Assorted Unprocessed Items