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Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Resources at the Library of Congress

Related Special Collections

The Music Division holds more than 500 named special collections in music, theater, and dance, varying in size from fewer than a dozen items to more than half a million. Every special collection is unique and includes its own array of materials; generally speaking, however, special collections provide researchers with primary source material such as music sketches and manuscripts, correspondence, writings, business contracts, photographs, and more.

There are two important gateways to discovering the Music Division's special collections and their contents:

Select Special Collections Relevant to Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein's collaborations, network of friends and acquaintances, and musical influence are so great and far-reaching that to list all special collections that reference him would be unhelpful. Keyword search "Bernstein" across all finding aids in the Performing Arts Reading Room using the Search Finding Aids Database described above to search exhaustively.

In addition to searching "Bernstein" across all finding aids, it can be helpful to search specific titles across all finding aids as well. For example, West Side Story materials can be found in the Arthur Laurents Papers, Roger L. Stevens Collection, Hall Prince Papers, and Oliver Smith Collection; additionally, the Peggy Clark Papers are particularly rich in materials related to On the Town.

The following list features select special collections with particularly rich material related to Bernstein: