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At a Glance
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.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection has no restrictions.
This collection is located on-site.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Leonard Altman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Cataloged HR 01/23/2002.
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.
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.