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Eric Matusewitch collection of Leonard Bernstein memorabilia


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Eric Matusewitch was born on November 22, 1951 to musicians Boris Matusewitch (1918-1978) and Norma Pollen Matusewitch (1925-2006) in New York City. Matusewitch obtained a B.A. and M.A. from the City College of New York. He went on to receive a M.L.S. from Columbia University and a certificate in paralegal studies from George Washington University. He has served as an EEO Specialist for the New York City Commission on Human Rights; Assistant Director of Equal Employment Opportunity at New York City Health and Hospital Corporation; and as Deputy Director of the New York City Equal Employment Practices Commission. Matusewitch taught at Long Island University in their paralegal studies program and New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies as an adjunct instructor. He has also written numerous articles on employment discrimination law and his musical family.

An "amateur" concertinist, Matusewitch was taught to play the concertina by his father Boris, a leading concertinist and teacher of the instrument. Matusewitch and his brother Marc often joined their father and Uncle Sergei, who played the accordion, on stage for recitals.

Leonard Bernstein was an American conductor, composer, pianist, music educator, author and humanitarian. He was born on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died on October 14, 1990, in New York City.

Bernstein was the first American conductor to receive international acclaim and is considered one of the most important conductors of his time. He was also the first American-born conductor to lead a major American symphony orchestra, the New York Philharmonic (1958-1969), and to give a series of television lectures on classical music (1954-1990). He conducted the world's major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker/Staatsoper, and Orchestre National de France.

Bernstein was a prolific composer, writing in many genres, including symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music, and pieces for the piano. His best known work is the Broadway musical, West Side Story, which was first performed in 1957 and later adapted into films. His work continues to be performed throughout the world.

Bernstein married actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre (1922-1978) in 1952. They had three children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina.

Sources: Matusewitch, Eric. "The Matusewitch Family: Concertina and Accordion Virtuosi-- Russia, Europe and the United States." The Classical Free-Reed, Inc.: Essay by Eric Matusewitch, Accessed 22 Dec. 2023.

"Leonard Bernstein." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Dec. 2023,

This collection of memorabilia relating to Leonard Bernstein contains articles, clippings, photographs, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, playbills, programs, calendar of events, posters, newspapers, invitations, sheet music, magazines, menus, advertisements, tickets, books, drawings, and scrapbooks of performances by Bernstein or of his work by other people or organizations. Matusewitch obtained the ephemera through various means with the possible intention of creating scrapbooks. However, only some of the items were scrapbooked, while other items remained loose. It is unclear if this was intentional or just an issue of time management. Although Matusewitch's order in the scrapbooks is not always clear, there is evidence of deliberate organization. Therefore, the original order was maintained. Matusewitch included further information on some of the items, such as a brief history.

The material is divided into either Bernstein-centric or West Side Story-related items, with the bulk of the material relating to Bernstein's musical legacy. There is very little material relating to Bernstein's personal life or items actually produced by Bernstein (those few items are primarily located in the Bernstein memorabilia scrapbooks). This collection is an example of one man's effort to pay homage to Leonard Bernstein's work and its continued relevevance throughout the world.

Researchers should note that Matusewitch also collected commercially produced vinyl/long-playing records that have been physically removed from the collection.

I. Leonard Bernstein memorabilia a. Loose Leonard Bernstein memorabilia b. Leonard Bernstein memorabilia scrapbooks II. West Side Story memorabilia a. Loose West Side Story memorabilia b. West Side Story memorabilia scrapbooks III. Collected books

Gift of Eric Matusewitch, 2019.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kristine McGee
Finding Aid Date
2023 December 6
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Articles about Bernstein, 1957-2012.
Box 1 Folder 1-9
Articles about Bernstein, 2017-2018.
Box 2 Folder 1-2
Articles about Bernstein: oversized, 1949-1973.
Box 11 Folder 1
Articles by Bernstein, 1939, 1954.
Box 2 Folder 3
Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein, 1971.
Box 2 Folder 4
Bendiner, Alfred: Music to my eyes, 1952.
Box 2 Folder 5
Bernstein at 100: celluloid buttons, 2018.
Box 2 Folder 6
Calendars of Bernstein events and performances, 1962, 1982.
Box 2 Folder 7
Calendars of Bernstein events and performances by others, 2007-2018.
Box 2 Folder 8-10
The Canadian Brass plays Bernstein, compact disc, 1996.
Box 2 Folder 11
Candide, 1997-2014.
Box 3 Folder 1
Jerry's Girls: advertisement, 2017.
Box 3 Folder 2
Lectures, talks, etc. on Bernstein, 1963, 2011, 2015.
Box 3 Folder 3
Leonard Bernstein: A Complete Catalog of his Works, 1988.
Box 3 Folder 4
The Magazine of New York City Center of Music and Drama, 1946-1947.
Box 3 Folder 5
New York Philharmonic: souvenir books, 1960-1963.
Box 3 Folder 6
New York Philharmonic Young People's concert, 1963-1967.
Box 3 Folder 7
On the Town, 1945, 2014.
Box 3 Folder 8
Playbills: U.S. and Canada performances, 1951-2008.
Box 3 Folder 9
Posters: oversized, 2011-2019.
Box 11 Folder 2
Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, 2006-2019.
Box 3 Folder 10-11
Program: Forty-fifth anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic, 1988.
Box 11 Folder 3
Programs: conducted by Bernstein, 1955-1983.
Box 3 Folder 12
Promotional material from various organizations performing Bernstein's work, 2008-2018.
Box 3 Folder 13
Property from the Estate of Leonard Bernstein, 1997.
Box 4 Folder 1
Robbins, Jerome: article about, 2008.
Box 4 Folder 2
Sheet music of Bernstein compositions, 2004-2013.
Box 4 Folder 3
Sunriver Music Festival poster: Leonard Bernstein at 100, 1018.
Drawer 107 Folder 1
Tony Awards viewing party invitation, 2015.
Box 4 Folder 4
Tributes to Bernstein: newspapers, 2006-2018.
Box 4 Folder 5
Tributes to Bernstein: invitations, 2017.
Box 4 Folder 6
Tributes to Bernstein: programs, 1978-2018.
Box 4 Folder 7-8
Venezia, Mike: Leonard Bernstein, 1997.
Box 4 Folder 9
Scrapbook, volume I, 1938-2018.
Box 4 Folder 10-11
Scrapbook, volume I, 1960-2008.
Box 5 Folder 1-2
Scrapbook, volume II, 1945-1990.
Box 5 Folder 3-5
Scrapbook, volume III, 1944-1959.
Box 5 Folder 6
Scrapbook, volume III, 1962-1990.
Box 6 Folder 1
Scrapbook, volume IV, 1959-2019.
Box 6 Folder 2-4
Scrapbook, volume V, 1967-2015.
Box 6 Folder 5
Scrapbook, volume V, 2011-2018.
Box 7 Folder 1
Leonard Bernstein 2008-present, volume VI, 1991-2019.
Box 7 Folder 2-5
Leonard Bernstein Posthumous Philatelic Documents , 1971-2019.
Box 8 Folder 1-3
Scrapbook: oversized, 1942-2018.
Box 12 Folder 1-3

Advertisements, 1958-2018.
Box 8 Folder 4
Articles, 1959-2009.
Box 8 Folder 5-7
Australia: playbill, 1961.
Box 8 Folder 8
Broadway revivial, 2009.
Box 8 Folder 9
Bronze ticket, 1990.
Box 8 Folder 10
Chita Rivera the Dancer's Life, 2007.
Box 8 Folder 11
Denmark: program, 1962.
Box 8 Folder 12
England: Scenes from West Side Story, 1959.
Box 9 Folder 1
Japan: advertisement and program, 1960, 1999.
Box 9 Folder 2
Newspapers, 2009.
Box 9 Folder 3
Playbills: U.S. performances, 1957-1997.
Box 9 Folder 4-5
Playbills: U.S. and Canada performances, 1999.
Box 9 Folder 6
Playbills: U.S. performances, 2005-2015.
Box 9 Folder 7-8
Programs, 1957-1976.
Box 9 Folder 9
Sheet music, 1957, 1985.
Box 9 Folder 10
Teatro alla Scala, 1999-20000.
Box 9 Folder 11
Turkey: playbill, 2005.
Box 9 Folder 12
West Side Story: Film and Theater, volume I, 1958-2018.
Box 9 Folder 13
West Side Story: Film and Theater, volume II, 1957-2018.
Box 10 Folder 1-3
West Side Story: Film and Theater, 1957-2018.
Box 10 Folder 4-6
West Side Story: oversized, 1961-2018.
Box 12 Folder 4

Life: the second decade, 1946-1955, 1984.
Box 13
Bernstein remembered, edited by Jane Fluegel, 1991.
Box 13
Bernstein, Burton and Haws, Barbara B.: Leonard Bernstein American original: how a modern renaissance man transformed music and the world during his New York Philharmonic years, 1943-1976, 2008.
Box 13
Sherman, Steve J.: Leonard Bernstein 100, 2018.
Box 13
Oja, Carol J.: Bernstein meets Broadway: collaborative art in a time of war, 2014.
Box 13
Gottlieb, Jack: Working with Bernstein, 2010.
Box 13
The Leonard Bernstein letters, edited by Nigel Simeone, 2013.
Box 13
Secrest, Meryle, Leonard Bernstein: a life, 1994.
Box 13
Peyser, Joan: Bernstein: a biography, 1987.
Box 13
Chapin, Schuyler: Leonard Bernstein: notes from a friend, 1992.
Box 13
Kieran, John: Not under oath: recollections and reflections, 1964.
Box 13
Wolfe, Tom: Radical chic & mau-mauing the flak catchers, 1970.
Box 13
Burton, Humphrey: Leonard Bernstein, 1994.
Box 13
Bernstein, Jamie: Famous father girl: a memoir of growing up Bernstein, 2018.
Box 13
Seldes, Barry:Leonard Bernstein: the political life of an American musician, 2009.
Box 13
Berson, Misha: Somethin's coming, something good, West Side Story and the American imagination, 2011.
Box 13

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