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Finding Aid for the Henry Mancini Collection, 1955-1969
PASC-M 18  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The Henry Mancini Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1969
    Collection number: PASC-M 18
    Creator: Mancini, Henry
    Extent: 20 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF; use MC4147685 for paging purposes.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Henry Mancini Collection, 18, Music Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Access Points

    Mancini, Henry--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archival resources.
    Motion picture music--Scores.

    Biographical Note

    Mancini was born on Apr. 16, 1924, in Cleveland, OH; attended Carnegie Tech Music School and Juillard Graduate School; began career after military service in WWII as a pianist with dance bands; studied privately in Los Angeles with Krenek, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Sendrey; staff composer for Universal Pictures, 1952-58; demonstrated his skills as a music arranger and songwriter with The Glenn Miller Story (1954), which earned him the first of many Academy Award nominations; subsequently composed memorable scores and songs for numerous films and the TV series Peter Gunn (1959) and Mr. Lucky (1960); he won Academy Awards for the score of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and the song Moon River, the title song of Days of Wine and Roses (1962), and the score of Victor/Victoria (1982); won more than 20 Grammy Awards; enjoyed a successful career as guest pianist and conductor of pops orchestras; wrote a practical guide to orchestration titled, Sounds and Scores (1962); died in June 1994.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of music manuscripts, music notes, cue sheets and timing sheets for music composed by Mancini for motion pictures: Arabesque (Universal, 1966), Charade (Universal, 1963), Days of Wine and Roses (Warner Brothers, 1962), Dear Heart (Warner Brothers, 1964), Experiment in Terror (Columbia, 1962), Gaily, Gaily (United Artists, 1969), The Great Race (Warner Brothers, 1965), Me, Natalie (National General, 1969), Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation (20th Century-Fox, 1962), Moment to Moment (Universal, 1966), Peter Gunn {Gunn} Paramount, 1967), The Pink Panther (United Artists, 1964), The Private War of Major Benson (Universal, 1955), Shot in the Dark (United Artists, 1964), Soldier in the Rain (Allied Artists, 1963), Two for the Road (20th Century-Fox, 1967), Wait Until Dark (Warner Brothers, 1967), and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (United Artists, 1966); also the holograph and typescript of Mancini's monograph Sounds and Scores (1962).

    Indexing Terms

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


    Motion picture music --Scores.
    Music --Manuscripts.