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Goddard Lieberson Papers

Call Number: MSS 69
Scope and Contents

The Goddard Lieberson Papers highlight Lieberson’s career at Columbia Records and his work in the record business more broadly. His work as a producer, vice president, and president of the label is documented by an impressive volume of correspondence, published writings, business files, recording projects, and a selection of audio recordings and interviews. Particularly notable is the variety of correspondence between Lieberson and Columbia’s recording artists, whose work spanned classical and popular music, musical theater productions, and historical documentary projects. Collaborators whose correspondence are in the collection include: Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Aaron Copland, Dave Brubeck, the New York Philharmonic, Igor Stravinsky, Lehman Engel, Samuel Beckett, Noël Coward, Truman Capote, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Mary Martin, Rex Harrison, Barbra Streisand, Groucho Marx and dozens of others, as well. Also notable is the array of publicity materials and news clippings collected from contemporary publications that feature stories or press releases about Lieberson’s projects or his personal success in the industry.

While there is a wealth of correspondence between Lieberson and collaborators, it is not always the case that full projects are documented in correspondence. Also note that the business documents give a general idea of Columbia’s business proceedings, but do not provide an exhaustive account of Columbia’s budgeting, marketing, or production procedures.

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Goddard Lieberson, Brigitta Lieberson and Lisa Norsigian (Goddard Lieberson's daughter-in-law), in 1986, 1991 and 2015 (respectively).


The papers are arranged in nine series. I. Correspondence, 1939-1977. II. Photographs, 1920-1975. III. Business Files, 1948-1978. IV. Audio, video and film, 1943-1977. V. Music and art, 1930-1960. VI. Writings by Goddard Lieberson, 1930-1975. VII. Writings by others, 1930-2000. VIII. Scrapbooks and programs, 1950-1975. VIIII. Personal documents and awards, 1957-1977.

1920 - 1990
48 Linear Feet (94 containers)
Related Names
Lieberson, Goddard, 1911-1977
Language of Materials