The Leonard Bernstein Collection, ca. 1920-1989, contains more than 400,000 items documenting the life and career of one of 20th-century America's most important musical figures. This online collection makes available 85 photographs, 177 scripts from the Young People's Concerts, 74 scripts from the Thursday Evening Previews, and over 1,100 pieces of correspondence. The collection's complete Finding Aid is also available online.
These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
- The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
- Postwar United States, 1945-early 1970s
- Contemporary United States, 1968-present
Related Collections and Exhibits
- The Aaron Copland Collection, Ca. 1900-1990
- Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939
- The Irving Fine Collection: Ca. 1914-1962
- The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection
- William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz
- Creative Americans: Portraints by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
Recommended additional sources of information.
- Finding Aid to the Collection
- Leonard Bernstein Chronology
- The Official Leonard Bernstein Site
Specific guidance for searching this collection.
For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.