Glazer, Tom (1914-2003)

The Tom Glazer collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, audio, film and video, scrapbooks, financial material, legal material, photographs, and other items.

Manuscripts by Glazer in the collection include his score to the film A Face in the Crowd (1957); Tom Glazer's Treasury of Songs for Children (arranged for piano, with guitar chords; 1964, revised edition, 1988); Songs of Peace, Freedom, and Protest (1972); Eye Winker, Tom Tinker, Chin Chopper: Fifty Musical Fingerplays (arranged for piano, with guitar chords; 1973); Stum-Way Guitar Method (1977); the All About Your Name series, illustrated by “Demi” (pen-name for Charlotte Demareq Hunt Hitz, great-granddaughter of American painter William Morris Hunt; 1978); Do Your Ears Hang Low?: Fifty More Musical Fingerplays (1980); On Top of Spaghetti, illustrated by Tom Garcia (1982); Music for Ones and Twos: Songs and Games for the Very Young Child (1983); and numerous other songs, scores, advertising jingles, and texts. Also present is a copy of the screenplay for A Face in the Crowd, by Budd Schulberg.

Correspondence in the collection includes numerous personal and professional letters (some in scrapbooks) and fan mail, dating from the 1940s to 2000.

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of sheet music for various songs by Glazer, dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. Also present are assorted clippings, programs, and brochures, as well as two issues of Midstream magazine (1982) and a book titled For Demi from the Chinese, printed in a limited edition of five and autographed by Glazer.

Audio recordings in the collection consist of numerous recordings of Glazer performing live or in the studio, cutting demos, etc.; these date from the 1950s to the 2000s. Formats include reel-to-reel (2" and 1/4"), cassette, 8-track, digital audio tape, and long-playing record (33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm). Notable recordings include “A Little Golden Record: Unbreakable!” which includes the stories “Rock Candy Mountain” and “The Blue-Tail Fly” (1949; “The Ballad of Babe Ruth,” an acetate disc recording of a song written and sung by Glazer (1952); forty-three reel-to-reels of Glazer performing in the WQXR studio in New York City (1965); and a CD for “Tom Glazer Sings Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGGGG and Other Children’s Favorites” (2008).

Film and video material in the collection include three film reels of commercials for which Glazer did the music; video recordings of Glazer performing (1990s); a video of a children’s show performance of "On Top of Spaghetti”; and a video of the television film A Moon Man from Massachusetts: The Robert Goddard Story (1994).

Scrapbooks in the collection consist of five albums of items dated 1944-1969 and five albums of items dated 1961-1997.

Financial material in the collection includes deposit slips, royalty statements, banks statements, deposits, canceled checks, and similar items, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Legal material in the collection includes various recording and concert contracts, permissions for Songs of Peace, Freedom and Protest, and material regarding a lawsuit by Glazer against NBC.

Photographs in the collection include photos of Glazer taken by Hans Namuth (1963) and Frank Derbas (1967), as well as photos of Glazer in the WQXR studio and photos regarding A Face in the Crowd.

Other material in the collection includes items regarding Glazer’s ASCAP membership; seventeen mounted pencil drawings by Demi (see above); press releases from 1971 to 1972; and various items of personal memorabilia.

Notable Figures
1. Glazer, Tom
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide
3. Advertising Subject Guide