Verlye Mills reel-to-reel recordings

Verlye Mills reel-to-reel recordings

Dates: 1961-1976

This collection consists of Verlye Mills' reel-to-reel audio recordings. The recordings are a combination of protection tapes, origional studio recordings, rough mixes, and unlabled reels. The studio recordings are in a series of 4, with the following titles: Pineapple Rag, Gershwin, My Reverie, Kern Medley, Verlye's Tune, Dr. Zhivago, Chinese Rock, Bluesette, One Note Samba, Lost Love and I saw the Wild Geese Fly. The protection tapes include many of the same of the titles, with the addition of Laura's Theme. Dated 1961-1976.

  • Extent: 3 cartons (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Mills, Verlye
  • Call Number: MSS 7828
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
The original order of the collection has been retained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Verlye Mills papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7828; Verlye Mills reel-to-reel recordings; International Harp Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7828, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by J. Scott Grimes in 2006.
Acquisition Information
Donated; J. Scott Grimes; 2006.
Subject Terms
Mills, Verlye; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Harpists--United States; Music
Genre / Form
Audiotapes; Reels (Music)
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa James; May 2011.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Mills (Verlye) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa James
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-07T15:23-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Verlye Mills (1911-1983) was a classical and rhythmic harpist, known for her extraordinary talents of improvisation and arranging.

Veryle Mills was born December 16, 1911 in Kansas. At age twelve, Mills was a featured concerto soloist with the Chicago Symphony. By the mid 1930s she was a harpist for the Cleveland Orchestra as well as heading her own dance band Verlye Mills and Her Boyfriends.

In New York, Mills took on the radio, at one point appearing in four different radio programs, as well as being a highlighted soloist with radio and television orchestras including Show Boat and Hit Parade. In the 1950s, Mills moved to the Los Angeles area, where she became known as one of the top studio harpists of her day, playing for eleven years on the Carol Burnett Show.

Mills died October 2, 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

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Curator - Music Special Collections