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Leonard Altman papers, 1930-1995

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Call No.: MS#0021
Bib ID 4079918 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996
Title Leonard Altman papers, 1930-1995
Physical Description 1 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Box 1: Cataloged correspondence and manuscripts; Box 2: Uncataloged materials, A-Z.



Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, notes, printed material, and photographs of Leonard Altman concerning his work as editor of LISTEN and board member of Carnegie Hall as well as his other professional and personal interests.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Leonard Altman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Papers Cataloged HR 01/23/2002.

Revision Description

2008-12-02 File created.

2009/01/21 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor

2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Estimates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fliers (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greeting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invoices Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists (document genres) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Arts administrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Babin, Victor, 1908-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beardslee, Bethany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bentley, Eric, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biggs, E. Power (Edward Power), 1906-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bloom, Julius Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brown, Earle, 1920- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bruch, Max, 1838-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carlisle, Kitty, 1910-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Composers (Music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Demus, Jörg, 1928- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Duke, Vernon, 1903-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farberman, Harold, 1929- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fortas, Abe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foster, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fuleihan, Anis, 1900-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gebhard, Heinrich, 1878-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hawkins, Erick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kassern, Tadeusz, 1904-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
La Brecque, Rebecca Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malraux, Madeleine Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meyerowitz, Jan, 1913-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milhaud, Madeleine Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morley, Hilda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nestʹev, I. V (Izrailʹ Vladimirovich), 1911-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Perry, Julia, 1924-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Previn, André, 1929- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reich, Steve, 1936- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rochberg, George Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rodgers, Dorothy, 1909-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sargeant, Winthrop, 1903-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schonberg, Harold C Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schuller, Gunther Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Secrest, Meryle Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shapey, Ralph, 1921-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sokolow, Anna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sowande, Fela, 1905-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Starer, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stern, Isaac, 1920-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevens, Denis, 1922-2004 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevens, Risë, 1913-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tcherepnin, Alexander, 1899-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thorne, Francis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tourel, Jennie Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trampler, Walter Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Twining, Nathan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Varèse, Louise, 1890-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vötterle, Karl, 1903-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Westergaard, Peter Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Musician, teacher, writer, and arts administrator who played an important role in the preservation of Carnegie Hall and was Director of the music division of the New York State Council of the Arts. In the 1950s and 1960s, he wrote about music for Stereo Review, The American Record Guide and Musical America, and was the editor and publisher of Listen: A Music Monthly from 1963 to 1965. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he produced more than 200 music programs for WNYC-TV, and radio programs for stations in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. He was editor of the Leeds Music Corporation, a music publisher, in the early 1960s and director of the Concert Artists Guild from 1969 to 1973. He helped start the Citizens Committee to Save Carnegie Hall and was a board member for Carnegie Hall until 1974. He also was chairman for the unsuccessful Citizens Committee for the Preservation of the Old Metropolitan Opera House. He was with the New York State Council on the Arts from 1973 until 1979; taught at New York University, the New School, and Queens College; and was with the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in Lenox MA. He moved to California in 1979 and became a director of the Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission. From the late 1980s, he was director of the Maestro Foundation which sponsored private concerts in California.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Babin, Victor To the editor of Listen, Cleveland, OH, 3 July 1964, 1 t.l.s

Box 1 Bacon, Ernst To Leonard Altman, Middletown, CT, 12 Dec 1963- 19 Feb 1964, 2 a.l.s.

Box 1 Beardslee, Bethany To Leonard Altman, Princeton NJ, 16 Aug 1962 - 1 Oct 1962, 4 a.l.s.

Box 1 Beardslee, Bethany To Leonard Altman, Princeton NJ, 16 Aug 1962 - 1 Oct 1962, 4 a.l.s.

Box 1 Bentley, Eric Russell To Leonard Altman, v.p., 7 Dec 1963 - 1982, 4 t.l.s , 5 t.p.c.s.

Box 1 Biggs, E. Power To Joseph Dash, Cambridge, MA, 14 March 1976, 2 a.l.s.

Box 1 Brown, Earle Homer To Leonard Altman, v.p., 25 June 1964 - 18 Aug 1964, 1 t.l.s,; 2 t.ms.s.

Box 1 Carlisle, Kitty To Leonard Altman, v.p., various [1984 - 1993], 1 t.l.s,; 4 a.l.s.

Box 1 Demus, Jorg To Leonard Altman, Vienna, 23 June 1981 - 21 July 1981, 2 t.l.s.

Box 1 Duke, Vernon To Leonard Altman, Pacific Palisades, CA & Paris, 6 Jan 1964 - 24 May 1966, 9 t.l.s,; 17 a.p.c.s,; 17 a.l.s,; 7 t.ms.

Box 1 Faberman, Harold To Leonard Altman, [New York], [18 May 1964], 1 a.n.s.

Box 1 Feldman, Morton To [the editor of "Listen"], New York, 25 March 1964, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Fortas, Abe To Leonard Altman, Washington, 25 Nov 1963, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Fuleihan, Anis To Leonard Altman, Tunis, 11 Feb 1963, 2 t.l.s

Box 1 Gebhard, Heinrich To Leonard Altman, Brookline, MA, 4 May 1950, 1 a.l.s.

Box 1 Schonberg, Harold C. To Leonard Altman, New York, 26 Nov 1963 - 7 Sept. 1964, 2 t.l.s.

Box 1 Kassern, Tadeusz To Leonard Altman, [New York], 10 June 1950, 2 a.l.s.

[With 2 snapshots of Kassern, taken at Rev. Hebert Owen's house]

Box 1 Malraux, Madeleine Lioux (Mme. Andre) To Leonard Altman, v.p., various [1973], 5 a.l.s,; 1 a.n.s,; 2 t.l.s.

Box 1 Meyerowitz, Jan [To Leonard Altman], Berlin, 3 May 1964, 10 t.ms.s.

Box 1 Milhaud, Darius [To Leonard Altman], [Oakland, CA], [Dec 1962], 1 Christmas cards.

Box 1 Nestev, Izrail Vladimirovich To Leonard Altman, Moscow, 28 Ma7 1961 - Dec 1965, 2 t.l.s,; 1 t.p.c.s,; 1 a.l.s.

Box 1 Perry, Julia Amanda To Leonard Altman, Akron, OH, [24 Aug 1949], 1 a.p.c.s.

Box 1 Previn, Andre To Leonard Altman, [Los Angeles], 11 May 1963, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Reich, Steve To Leonard Altman, n.p., 25 Oct 1978, 1 a.l.s.

Box 1 Reich, Steve To Leonard Altman, v.p., 25 Oct 1978 - 26 Dec 1991, 1 a.l.s,; 2 a.p.c.s.

Box 1 Rochberg, George To Leonard Altman, Newtown Square, PA, 2 Aug 1961 - 28 April 1962, 18 a.l.s.

Box 1 Rodgers, Dorothy Feiner (Mrs. Richard) To Leonard Altman, [New York], [2 Feb 1980], 2 a.l.s.

Box 1 Sargeant, Winthrop To Leonard Altman, [New York], 27 Nov 1963, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Schonberg, Harold C. To Leonard Altman, New York, 26 Nov 1963, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Schuller, Gunther To Leonard Altman, v.p., various [1962-1988], 5 a.l.s,; 3 a.n.s,; 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Secrest, Meryle To Leonard Altman, v.p., 23 May 1991 - 2 Jan 1992, 4 t.l.s.

Box 1 Sessions, Roger To Rebecca La Brecque, v.p., 26 May 1979 - 21 July 1980, 1 a.l,; 6 a.l.s,; 1 a.p.c.s.

Box 1 Shapey, Ralph To Leonard Altman, v.p., [27 June 1963 - 31 Dec 1987], 1 t.l.s,; 15 a.l.s,; 3 a.p.c.s,; 1 p.l,; 1 and a.n.s.

Box 1 Sokolow, Anna To Leonard Altman, [New York], [11 July 1990 - 20 Jan 1991], 1 a.l.s,; 2 a.p.c.s.

Box 1 Sowande, Fela To Leonard Altman, v.p., 8 May 1962 - 17 June 1966, 2 a.l.s,; 2 t.l.s.

Box 1 Starer, Robert & Johanna (Mrs. Robert) To Leonard Altman, [Rome], 19 Nov 1964, 1 a.l.s.

Box 1 Stern, Isaac To Leonard Altman, New York, 11 Nov 1974 - 3 Jan 1991, 2 t.l.s.

Box 1 Stern, Vera Lindenblit (Mrs. Isaac) To Leonard Altman, New York, 5 Dec 1991, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Stevens, Denis To James Goodfriend, South Croydon, UK, 10 July 1964, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Stevens, Rise To [Leonard Altman], n.p., n.y., 1 Christmas card

Box 1 Stravinsky, Igor A Cure for V.D. [Vernon Duke], New York, 14 Aug 1964, 4 t.ms.

Box 1 Tcherepnin, Alexander & Ming Lee To [Leonard Altman], Bach, Switz., [Nov 1964], 1 Christmas card

Box 1 Thorne, Francis Burritt, Jr. To Leonard Altman, New York, 3 April 1984, 1 a.l.s.

Box 1 Tourel, Jennie To Leonard Altman, New York, 4 June 1969, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Trampler, Walter To Leonard Altman, [Polensa, Mallorca, Sp.], 13 Sept. 1962, 4 a.l.s.

Box 1 Twining, Nathan To Leonard Altman, [Baltimore], 20 Sept 1972, 1 a.l.s.

[This concerto was first performed on 20 Sept 1972 by Nathan Twining & Martin Berkofsky.]

Box 1 Varese, Louise McCutcheon (Mrs. Edgar) To Leonard Altman, [New York], [18 Nov 1965], 1 a.l.s.

Box 1 Votterle, Karl To Leonard Altman, Frankfurt/Main, 27 Aug 1963 - 30 Sept 1963, 4 t.l.s.

Box 1 Westergaard, Peter To Leonard Altman, New York, 4 April 1962, 1 t.l.s.

Box 1 Wolpe, Hilda Morley To Leonard Altman, New York, 20 Aug 1981 - 30 Jan 1982, 4 t.l.s.

Series II: Uncataloged Material

Box 2 Carnegie Hall Letters, memoranda, lists, printed items, etc., New York City

Box 2 Foster, Norman Recipe, members' book, invitation, program, essay: "Why?"

Box 2 Rudhyar, Dane (1895-1985) Pamphlet, clipping Human Dimensions Vol. 4, No. 3, signed

Box 2 Shapey, Ralph (1921- ) Letters, program, and clippings

Box 2 USSR Lists, essays, clippings. letters

Box 2 Varese, Edgard (1883-1965) Essays, lectures

Box 2 Miscellaneous correspondence, essays, lists, programs