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Verlye Mills reel-to-reel recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7828

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1961-1976


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Donated by J. Scott Grimes in 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. Scott Grimes; 2006.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; May 2011.

Verlye Mills papers
Under Revision
Melissa James
2011 May 11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States