documents the personal and professional life of native Angeleno Miriam
(Mimi) Clar Melnick, Jazz critic, Jazz pianist, and patron of Jazz musicians, whose
activities played an influential role in the development of Jazz in the Los Angeles region
between 1958 and 2010. The Collection also includes materials related to Melnick's family
relationships and friendships, educational pursuits, her work as an author and editor, and
her involvement in the preservation of urban industrial art.
Mimi (Miriam) Clar was born in Hollywood, California on December 25, 1935 to parents
Charles and Reva (née Howitt). Her father was a fireplace merchant and her mother was a
former dancer featured in the all-female tap dancing company, the San Francisco Beauties,
produced by Fanchon and Marco from 1923-1933. The Clar family lived in the Los Feliz area of
Los Angeles. As a young child, Mimi expressed an interest in music and began classical piano
lessons. By her early teens, she had become fascinated with Jazz, and came under the
tutelage of prominent music educator, Sam Saxe. Mimi Clar attended public schools,
graduating from John Marshall High School in 1953.
Copyright for some unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials
protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires
the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be
commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any
use rests exclusively with the user.
This collection is open for research use.