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Special Collections and Archives
researched by Music Librarian Christopher Popa
Paul Weston's personal music library was donated by his widow, the singer Jo Stafford, to the School of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ in 2006.
Most of the holdings are "music arrangements performed by Paul or Jo as individual artists for radio, television, concert, and record dates. In addition to their music, there are also various personal and professional items from their careers. Materials include photographs, business correspondence, printed matter, recordings and production materials."
Other Weston memorabilia, such as the photograph of him conducting music for "Disney On Parade," shown below, is in the hands of private collectors. It was stated on the back of the photo that "Weston arranged and recorded music, choral groups and special voices in Hollywood for three months to obtain the precise sound he wanted." The production opened at San Francisco's Cow Palace on June 6, 1972, for eight performances through June 11th. "More than half of the show music was live, however extremely intricate orchestrations were prerecorded."