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Ezra Laderman Papers

Call Number: MSS 133
Scope and Contents

The Papers are focused principally on Laderman’s prolific career as a composer. Virtually all of his compositions are held in the collection, including chamber music, orchestral works, operas and musicals, oratorios and cantatas, and scores for film and television. The collection contains many sketches and drafts, which give insight into Laderman’s compositional process. The collection also contains a significant number of reel-to-reel recordings of Laderman’s works.

The remainder of the collection consists of correspondence, writings, clippings, programs, documents and awards. The correspondence is divided into three subseries: Correspondence with significant figures; Correspondence by subject; and Correspondence by date. Researchers are advised to consult all three subseries when looking for material on a specific topic. The Writings, Professional Activities and Photographs series contains a range of material related to Laderman’s roles as President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chairman of Music Programs the National Endowment for the Arts, and Dean of the Yale School of Music. Researchers should also consult the Correspondence by Subject subseries for correspondence related to Laderman’s professional activities.

Clippings, publicity, and programs span the whole of Laderman’s career – from the 1940s through 2015. The Documents and awards series includes items such as degree certificates, school report cards, and award plaques.

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.


The Papers are divided into seven series: I. Music; II. Audiovisual material; III. Correspondence; IV. Writings and professional activities; V. Clippings and publicity; VI. Programs; and VII. Documents and awards. The Papers were received in several installments over a period of thirty years. The collection was partially processed in the 1990s, which influenced its current arrangement.

1924 - 2015
96 boxes
71 Linear Feet (100 containers)
Related Names
Laderman, Ezra, 1924-2015
Language of Materials