New Collections at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

from Matthew Snyder, archivist at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts:


The following special collections have recently been processed for the Music Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and are open for research. For more information, contact the Music Division at

Titles, finding aid links and abstracts follow:

Roberta Peters Collection
The Roberta Peters Collection contains office files, photographs, programs, clippings, datebooks and diaries, scrapbooks, scores and audio/video recordings documenting every phase of her long career at the Metropolitan Opera and beyond.

League of Composers/ISCM Records
The League of Composers/ISCM records document the organization from the League’s merger with the U.S. section of the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1954 until the early 1990s. Their records include correspondence, grant applications and associated correspondence, publicity materials, meeting minutes, and issues of the organization’s newsletter, the ISCM Bulletin.

Tom Boras Scores
Tom Boras was a composer, arranger and saxophonist. His scores contain compositions and arrangements for jazz big band, and other music including pieces for orchestra, chorus, chamber groups, songs and a musical.

Stefan Frenkel Papers
The papers of the violinist Stefan Frenkel are primarily composed of scores for music by Frenkel and by other composers, many with Frenkel’s performance notes. They also contain scrapbooks, clippings, photographs and programs.

Hugo Kauder Society Records
The Hugo Kauder Society records contain the papers and scores of the composer Hugo Kauder, as well as the records of the Society dedicated to preserving and promoting his music.

Rhoda Levine Papers
The Rhoda Levine Papers document the career of the opera director, mainly through files on each of the many stage and opera productions on which she worked as dancer, choreographer or director. The papers contain annotated scores and libretti; costume, stage and set designs; choreographic, rehearsal and performance notes; programs; clippings; photographs; and audio/visual recordings.

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