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Joseph and Mary Velezdy Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SC.022

Scope and Contents

The Joseph and Mary Velezdy Collection includes songs composed by Mr. Velezdy, copies of lyrics written by his wife Mary (some copies framed), correspondence, the copyright papers for his music, news clippings, and a photo album.

Dates

  • 1947-2000

Creator

Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

Biographical or Historical Information

Joseph Velezdy was born in North Braddock, Pennsylvania on March 11, 1912. The son of a Hungarian violinist, Mr. Velezdy became a budding composer at a young age. Although, Mr. Velezdy pursued careers as a soccer player, housepainter, and barber, his passion for composing music, however, never diminished and in 1948 he returned to Hungary where he honed his skills as a violinist. His chief collaborator and lyricist was his wife Mary whom he married in 1952. They moved to Miami Beach where they focused on composing music before settling into retirement in Titusville, Florida. Together Joseph and Mary Velezdy composed many instrumental and classical works. When repeated attempts to have the music published failed, Mr. Velezdy joined the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and published the music himself in the 1960s. Mary Velezdy passed away in September of 1993. Mr. Velezdy continues in his efforts to create a lasting legacy of his and Mary's musical accomplishments.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Abstract

The Joseph and Mary Velezdy Papers chronicles the musical lives of a violinist husband and his composer wife. The Velezdy's musical journey from Hungary to Miami Beach and eventually to Titusville, Florida is shown in this collection with pictures, songs, lyrics, sheet music, poems, and newsclippings.

Arrangement Note

The Joseph and Mary Velezdy Collection includes songs composed by Mr. Velezdy, copies of lyrics written by his wife Mary (some copies framed), correspondence, the copyright papers for his music, news clippings, and a photo album.

Method of Acquisition

Mr. Velezdy donated these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives between the years 1993 (CFM1993_05) and 1999.

Related Materials

Bryant West Indies Audio Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, Florida.

Processing Information

Collection processed by April Karlene Anderson; finding aid prepared by April Karlene Anderson.

This collection was processed into acid free archival folders and stored in an acid free archival box.

Title
Joseph and Mary Velezdy Papers SC.022
Author
April Karlene Anderson
Date
00/00/2007
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5th Floor - Room 501
John C. Hitt Library
Orlando FL 32816 US