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Finding Aid for the Lionel Barrymore Music Manuscripts, ca. 1920-1954
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lionel Barrymore Music Manuscripts,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1920-1954
    Collection number: 461
    Creator: Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954
    Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Abstract: Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954) became a leading Broadway actor by 1900 and went on to appear in 250 screen roles. He also wrote several scripts, a novel and composed orchestral music, including a symphony. The collection consists primarily of music compositions by Barrymore which range from solo to orchestral works. Although some of the music is printed, most is in manuscript form.
    Language: 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 the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. 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 Eugene Zador, 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lionel Barrymore Music Manuscripts (Collection 461). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462305 


    Barrymore was born as Lionel Blythe on April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he became a leading Broadway actor by 1900; began film career in 1909; appeared in 250 screen roles and also wrote several scripts; won an Academy Award for his part in A Free Soul (1931); wrote a novel, Mr. Cantonwine, and also wrote his memoirs, We Barrymores (1951); composed orchestral music, including a symphony, and various orchestras performed several of his works; dedicated his tone poem, In Memoriam, to his brother John, and it was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1942; married to Doris Rankin (1904-23) and Irene Fenwick (1923-36); died in 1954.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists primarily of music compositions by Barrymore which range from solo to orchestral works. Although some of the music is printed, most is in manuscript form. Also includes correspondence, pictures, pamphlets, program notes, periodicals, and Barrymore's novel, Mr. Cantonwine: a Moral Tale. Seventeen compositions by other composers are also in the collection.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Fugues.
    2. Works for orchestra and soloist.
    3. Orchestral works.
    4. Solo pieces.
    5. Miscellaneous music.
    6. Unidentified works and extraneous pages.
    7. Compositions by others, Mr. Cantonwine, and miscellaneous manuscripts, pictures, and printed material.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archival resources.
    Motion picture actors and actresses--United States--Archival resources.