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


Periodicals offer a variety of lenses through which to study Bernstein's career and impact, from popular magazines that target a general audience to peer-reviewed journals that provide scholarly analysis. This page highlights Bernstein's official newsletter, Prelude, Fugue & Riffs; magazine and journal articles included in digitized scrapbooks from the Leonard Bernstein Collection; and databases where you can search for Bernstein-related articles in scholarly journals.

Prelude, Fugue & Riffs Newsletter

Prelude, Fugue & Riffs is a newsletter of the Leonard Bernstein Office, and formerly of the Leonard Bernstein Society. The newsletter features articles and essays, announcements, and advertisements related to Bernstein and his creative work.

Prelude, Fugue & Riffs is available online via the Leonard Bernstein Office website:

Additionally, the Library of Congress holds physical copies of certain issues. This title links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Scrapbooks from the Leonard Bernstein Collection

It should be noted that the scrapbooks in the Leonard Bernstein Collection feature, among other types of material, excerpts from a variety of journals and magazines that discuss Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein gave 104 scrapbooks to the Library of Congress over the course of two decades, and Brandeis University gave five additional scrapbooks to the Library in 1973. All of the scrapbooks, dating from 1933-1986, have been preserved on microfilm because of their fragile nature; those microfilms have also been digitized and can be consulted and downloaded in the Leonard Bernstein Digital Collection.

Highlighted Subscription Databases

The Library's Databases and E-resources page organizes licensed and recommended free databases, indexing and abstracting services, and full-text reference resources. The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.