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Finding Aid for the Harry Tobias Collection , 1925-1994
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harry Tobias Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1994
    Collection number: 138
    Creator: Tobias, Harry
    Extent: 147 boxes (73.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: This collection consists of manuscripts and published sheet music, lyric sheets, correspondence and other documents, and sound recordings
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian for Performing Arts Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harry Tobias Collection, 138, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    One of the three Tobias brothers, Henry, Charles and Harry, all songwriters; born Sept. 4, 1895; with his brothers wrote lyrics for composers such as Ted Fiorito, Franz Waxman, Percy Wenrich, Albert von Tilzer, Lew Porter, Pinky Tomlin, Charlie Daniels, Jack Stern, Al Sherman, Harry Barris, Will Dillon, Gus Arnheim, and Roy Ingraham; best known songs are It's a lonesome old town, Sweet and lovely, Sail along silv'ry moon, Wait for me Mary, and That girl of mine; died in St. Louis, MO on Dec. 15, 1994.

    Scope and Content

    Music manuscripts and published sheet music, lyric sheets, correspondence and other documents, and sound recordings from the estate of Harry Tobias.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lyricists--United States.
    Songs with piano.
    Popular music.