Scope and arrangement
The Rick Besoyan papers date from 1942 to 1979 and document Besoyan's songwriting career. While the majority of the collection pertains to his most well-known productions (Little Mary Sunshine, Babes in the Wood, and The Student Gyspy), there is material related to over a dozen other works, including his unproduced musical version of Paul Gallico's novel Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris.
In addition to scripts, sheet music, and sound recordings for specific productions, the collection also contains lyric ideas, unidentified sheet music, and unused themes, as well as a small grouping of material related to his estate.
The collection is primarily arranged by production title.