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The Frederick and Rose Plaut Papers

Call Number: MSS 52
Scope and Contents

The Frederick and Rose Plaut Papers consist mainly of negatives, contact sheets, and enlargements of photographs taken by Frederick Plaut during his years as a recording engineer for Columbia Records. Over 35,000 negatives and 3,600 enlargements portray musicians, writers, actors, artists, and diplomats, both in candid studio shots and posed publicity photos. An additional 23,000 negatives and 2,000 enlargements depict travel and miscellaneous subjects. The Papers contain books, magazines, posters, and record jackets which reproduce Plaut's photographs. The Papers also house correspondence between the Plauts and various composers, including Francis Poulenc, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, and Henri Sauguet. The Plauts' life and work are documented further by exhibit announcements, recital programs of Rose Plaut, and personal papers.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment. Some of the materials may be stored at the Library's off-campus shelving facility, so researchers should allow at least two business days to have the appropriate boxes paged.

Conditions Governing Use

The Frederick and Rose Plaut Papers are the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the photographers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Frederick and Rose Plaut Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Rose Plaut in 1986.


In 9 series as follows: I. Negatives and contact sheets. II. Enlargements. III. Slides. IV. Reproductions of Plaut photographs. V. Correspondence. VI. Travel and miscellaneous negatives and contact sheets. VII. Travel and miscellaneous enlargements. VIII. Travel and miscellaneous slides. IX. Miscellaneous materials.

1907-1986 (inclusive)
28 Linear Feet (69 boxes)
Related Names
Plaut, Frederick, 1907-1985
Language of Materials