ALEXANDER LEVENTON COLLECTION

SC 1995.11

Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections
Sibley Music Library

prepared by Carol M. Moen
Fall 1995


 

CONTENTS

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF COLLECTION

Alexander Leventon Collection (1927-1984; bulk 1927-1950)
Location: M 1A, 2,7 – 3,1
5’2″ photographs and negatives

 

Biographical Sketch

Alexander Leventon (1896-1950). Alexander Leventon was born in Rostov, Russia in 1896. He began study of the violin in 1902, and continued his education at the University of Moscow and the Imperial Conservatory in 1913, where he studied law and music. He served in the White Russian Army in 1918 and left Russia in 1921. When he arrived in the United States a year later, Leventon worked as a violinist with the New York Symphony. He moved to Rochester, New York in 1923, where he held the position of concertmaster with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra until 1944. While in Rochester, Leventon also worked as a professional photographer, achieving international recognition for his work. He was affiliated with the Rochester Philharmonic as a violinist through 1950, and his photographs of the orchestra’s musicians appear in a number of concert programs. He died on October 10, 1950, in Rochester.

 

Provenance

The original negatives and photographs were given to Sibley Music Library by Gladys Leventon, wife of Alexander Leventon, in 1984. Copy prints and negatives were made from these originals in 1990 by Michael Hager of Rochester, New York.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains 42 original prints, the majority of which are signed by Alexander Leventon and mounted. Also included are 53 original negatives, 140 copy prints, and 96 copy negatives. The subjects of the portraits are primarily musicians associated with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music.

 

Restrictions and Use

The copyright to the photographs is held by Gladys Leventon, widow of Alexander Leventon, until her death, at which time these rights will be assigned to the Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music. All use of the photographs for display or publication must credit Alexander Leventon.

 

Associations

Sibley Music Library Special Collections contains a collection of photography by Louis Ouzer of Rochester, including portraits of many prominent musicians. The Eastman School of Music Archives possesses a large collection of photographs of Howard Hanson.

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF SERIES

 

Series 1: Originals

The series includes Leventon’s original negatives and prints, separated into sub-series by format. Both sub-series are arranged in alphabetical order by the subject’s name.

Subseries A: Negatives

Subseries B: Prints

 

Series 2: Reproductions

The series includes copy negatives made from both Leventon’s original negatives and his original prints, as well as prints made from these copy negatives. The series is divided into sub-series by format, with each sub-series arranged in alphabetical order by the subject’s name. Boxes 5 and 6 contain 1 copy of each print in binders for reference use. Boxes 7 and 8 contain duplicate copies of the prints.

Subseries A: Negatives

Subseries B: Prints

 

 

INVENTORY

Series 1: Originals

Subseries A: Negatives

Box 1

folder 1 Dobrowen, Issay
folder 2 Eastman, George
folder 3 Enesco, Georges
folder 4 Fennell, Frederick
folder 5 Fennell, Frederick
folder 6 Genhart, Cecile
folder 7 Goossens, Eugene
folder 8 Goossens, Eugene
folder 9 Goossens, Eugene
folder 10 Goossens, Eugene
folder 11 Goossens, Eugene
folder 12 Goossens, Eugene
folder 13 Goossens, Eugene
folder 14 Goossens, Eugene
folder 15 Goossens, Eugene
folder 16 Goossens, Eugene
folder 16 Goossens, Eugene
folder 17 Goossens, Eugene
folder 18 Goossens, Eugene
folder 19 Goossens, Eugene
folder 20 Goossens, Eugene
folder 21 Goossens, Eugene
folder 22 Goossens, Eugene
folder 23 Goossens, Eugene
folder 24 Goossens, Eugene and Guy Fraser Harrison
folder 25 Hadley, Henry
folder 26 Hadley, Henry
folder 27 Hanson, Howard
folder 28 Heifetz, Jascha
folder 29 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 30 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 31 Landow, Max
folder 32 Lieberson, Goddard
folder 33 Molinari, Bernardino
folder 34 Molinari, Bernardino
folder 35 Munch, Charles
folder 36 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 37 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 38 Remington, Emory
folder 39 Rosing, Vladimir
folder 40 Schuller, Gunther
folder 41 Schuller, Gunther
folder 42 Schuller, Gunther
folder 43 Schuller, Gunther
folder 44 See, Arthur
folder 45 Söderlund, Gustave
folder 46 Street, Stanley
folder 47 Street, William
folder 48 Tinlot, Gustave
folder 49 Vas, Sandor
folder 50 Vas, Sandor
folder 51 Wagner, Victor
folder 52 White, Paul
folder 53 Woolford, Jeanne

Subseries B: Prints

Box 2

folder 1 Bernstein, Leonard. Signed.
folder 2 Celentano, John (1944). Signed and mounted.
folder 3 Cortot, Alfred (1929). Signed and mounted.
folder 4 Diamond, David (1950). Signed and mounted.
folder 5 Dobrowen, Issay (1932). Signed and mounted.
folder 6 End, Jack (1947). Signed and mounted.
folder 7 Enesco, Georges (1947).
folder 8 Fermin, Adelin (1928). Signed and mounted.
folder 9 Fermin, Adelin (1929). Signed and mounted.
folder 10 Goossens, Eugene (1927). Signed and mounted.
folder 11 Goossens, Eugene (1929). Signed and mounted.
folder 12 Goossens, Eugene (1929). Signed and mounted.
folder 13 Gordon, Jacques (1944). Signed and mounted.
folder 14 Hadley, Henry (1931). Signed and mounted.
folder 15 Hanson, Howard (1927). Signed and mounted.
folder 16 Hanson, Howard (1945). Signed by Leventon and Hanson, mounted.
folder 17 Harrison, Guy Fraser (1947). Signed and mounted.
folder 18 Heifetz, Jascha. Mounted.
folder 19 Iturbi, José (1944). Signed and mounted.
folder 20 Kefer, Paul (1928). Signed and mounted.
folder 21 Kreisler, Fritz (1944). Signed and mounted.
folder 22 Lamson, Carl (1944). Signed and mounted.

Box 3

folder 1 Landow, Max (1929). Signed and mounted.
folder 2 Leinsdorf, Erich (1947). Signed by Leventon and Leinsdorf, mounted.
folder 3 Leventon, Alexander (1930). Photo by H. Berssenbrugge, signed and mounted.
folder 4 Lieberson, Goddard (1933). Signed and mounted.
folder 5 Molinari, Bernardino (1931). Signed and mounted.
folder 6 Munch, Charles (1949). Signed and mounted.
folder 7 Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1930). Signed and mounted.
folder 8 Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1929). Signed and mounted.
folder 9 Rebaupierre, André de (1949). Signed and mounted.
folder 10 Remington, Emory. Signed.
folder 11 Remington, Emory. Signed and mounted.
folder 12 Rhees, Rush (1927). Signed and mounted.
folder 13 Rogers, Bernard. Mounted.
folder 14 Rosing, Vladimir (1927). Signed and mounted.
folder 15 Schenck, Ludwig (1928). Signed and mounted.
folder 16 Söderlund, Gustave (1928). Signed and mounted.
folder 17 Watson, Nelson. Signed.
folder 18 White, Paul (1944). Signed and mounted.
folder 19 Wilson, Raymond (1949). Signed and mounted.
folder 20 unidentified woman (1949). Signed and mounted.

Series 2: Reproductions

Subseries A: Negatives

Box 4

folder 1 Bernstein, Leonard
folder 2 Celentano, John
folder 3 Cortot, Alfred
folder 4 Diamond, David
folder 5 Dobrowen, Issay
folder 6 Dobrowen, Issay
folder 7 Eastman, George
folder 8 End, Jack
folder 9 Enesco, Georges
folder 10 Enesco, Georges
folder 11 Enesco, Georges
folder 12 Fennell, Frederick
folder 13 Fennell, Frederick
folder 14 Fermin, Adelin
folder 15 Fermin, Adelin
folder 16 Woolford, Jeanne
folder 17 Goossens, Eugene
folder 18 Goossens, Eugene
folder 19 Goossens, Eugene
folder 20 Goossens, Eugene
folder 21 Goossens, Eugene
folder 22 Goossens, Eugene
folder 23 Goossens, Eugene
folder 24 Goossens, Eugene
folder 25 Goossens, Eugene
folder 26 Goossens, Eugene
folder 27 Goossens, Eugene
folder 28 Goossens, Eugene
folder 29 Goossens, Eugene
folder 30 Goossens, Eugene
folder 31 Goossens, Eugene
folder 32 Goossens, Eugene
folder 33 Goossens, Eugene
folder 34 Goossens, Eugene
folder 35 Goossens, Eugene
folder 36 Goossens, Eugene
folder 37 Gordon, Jacques
folder 38 Hadley, Henry
folder 39 Hadley, Henry
folder 40 Hadley, Henry
folder 41 Hanson, Howard
folder 42 Hanson, Howard
folder 43 Hanson, Howard
folder 44 Harrison, Guy Fraser
folder 45 Heifetz, Jascha
folder 46 Heifetz, Jascha
folder 47 Iturbi, José
folder 48 Kefer, Paul
folder 49 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 50 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 51 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 52 Lamson, Carl
folder 53 Landow, Max
folder 54 Landow, Max
folder 55 Leinsdorf, Erich
folder 56 Leventon, Alexander
folder 57 Lieberson, Goddard
folder 58 Lieberson, Goddard
folder 59 Molinari, Bernardino
folder 60 Molinari, Bernardino
folder 61 Molinari, Bernardino
folder 62 Munch, Charles
folder 63 Munch, Charles
folder 64 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 65 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 66 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 67 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 68 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 69 Rebaupierre, André de
folder 70 Remington, Emory
folder 71 Remington, Emory
folder 72 Remington, Emory
folder 73 Rhees, Rush
folder 74 Rogers, Bernard
folder 75 Rosing, Vladimir
folder 76 Rosing, Vladimir
folder 77 Schenck, Ludwig
folder 78 Schuller, Gunther
folder 79 Schuller, Gunther
folder 80 Schuller, Gunther
folder 81 Schuller, Gunther
folder 82 See, Arthur
folder 83 Söderlund, Gustave
folder 84 Söderlund, Gustave
folder 85 Street, Stanley
folder 86 Street, William
folder 87 Tinlot, Gustave
folder 88 Vas, Sandor
folder 89 Vas, Sandor
folder 90 Wagner, Victor
folder 91 Watson, Nelson
folder 92 White, Paul
folder 93 White, Paul
folder 94 Wilson, Raymond
folder 95 Genhart, Cecile
folder 96 unidentified woman

Subseries B: Prints

Box 5

print 1 Bernstein, Leonard
print 2 Celentano, John
print 3 Cortot, Alfred
print 4 Diamond, David
print 5 Dobrowen, Issay
print 6 Eastman, George
print 7 End, Jack
print 8 Enesco, Georges
print 9 Enesco, Georges
print 10 Fennell, Frederick
print 11 Fennell, Frederick
print 12 Fermin, Adelin
print 13 Woolford, Jeanne
print 14 Goossens, Eugene
print 15 Goossens, Eugene
print 16 Goossens, Eugene
print 17 Goossens, Eugene
print 18 Goossens, Eugene
print 19 Goossens, Eugene
print 20 Goossens, Eugene
print 21 Goossens, Eugene
print 22 Goossens, Eugene
print 23 Goossens, Eugene
print 24 Goossens, Eugene
print 25 Goossens, Eugene
print 26 Goossens, Eugene
print 27 Goossens, Eugene
print 28 Goossens, Eugene
print 29 Goossens, Eugene
print 30 Goossens, Eugene
print 31 Goossens, Eugene
print 32 Goossens, Eugene and Guy Fraser Harrison
print 33 Gordon, Jacques
print 34 Hadley, Henry
print 35 Hadley, Henry
print 36 Hanson, Howard
print 37 Hanson, Howard
print 38 Harrison, Guy Fraser
print 39 Heifetz, Jascha
print 40 Iturbi, José
print 41 Kefer, Paul
print 42 Kreisler, Fritz
print 43 Kreisler, Fritz
print 44 Lamson, Carl
print 45 Landow, Max
print 46 Leinsdorf, Erich

Box 6

print 1 Leventon, Alexander
print 2 Lieberson, Goddard
print 3 Molinari, Bernardino
print 4 Molinari, Bernardino
print 5 Molinari, Bernardino
print 6 Munch, Charles
print 7 Munch, Charles
print 8 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
print 9 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
print 10 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
print 11 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
print 12 Rebaupierre, André de
print 13 Remington, Emory
print 14 Remington, Emory
print 15 Rhees, Rush
print 16 Rogers, Bernard
print 17 Rosing, Vladimir
print 18 Rosing, Vladimir
print 19 Schenck, Ludwig
print 20 Schuller, Gunther
print 21 Schuller, Gunther
print 22 Schuller, Gunther
print 23 Schuller, Gunther
print 24 See, Arthur
print 25 Söderlund, Gustave
print 26 Street, Stanley
print 27 Street, William
print 28 Tinlot, Gustave
print 29 Vas, Sandor
print 30 Vas, Sandor
print 31 Wagner, Victor
print 32 Watson, Nelson
print 33 White, Paul
print 34 White, Paul
print 35 Wilson, Raymond
print 36 Genhart, Cecile
print 37 unidentified woman

Box 7

folder 1 Bernstein, Leonard
folder 2 Celentano, John
folder 3 Cortot, Alfred
folder 4 Dobrowen, Issay
folder 5 Eastman, George
folder 6 End, Jack
folder 7 Enesco, Georges
folder 8 Fermin, Adelin
folder 9 Woolford, Jeanne
folder 10 Goossens, Eugene
folder 11 Goossens, Eugene
folder 12 Goossens, Eugene
folder 13 Goossens, Eugene
folder 14 Goossens, Eugene
folder 15 Goossens, Eugene
folder 16 Goossens, Eugene
folder 17 Goossens, Eugene
folder 18 Goossens, Eugene
folder 19 Goossens, Eugene
folder 20 Goossens, Eugene
folder 21 Goossens, Eugene and Guy Fraser Harrison
folder 22 Hadley, Henry
folder 23 Hanson, Howard
folder 24 Hanson, Howard
folder 25 Harrison, Guy Fraser
folder 26 Heifetz, Jascha
folder 27 Iturbi, José
folder 28 Kefer, Paul
folder 29 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 30 Kreisler, Fritz
folder 31 Lamson, Carl
folder 32 Landow, Max
folder 33 Leinsdorf, Erich
folder 34 Leventon, Alexander
folder 35 Lieberson, Goddard
folder 36 Molinari, Bernardino

Box 8

folder 1 Molinari, Bernardino
folder 2 Munch, Charles
folder 3 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 4 Rachmaninoff, Sergei
folder 5 Remington, Emory
folder 6 Remington, Emory
folder 7 Rhees, Rush
folder 8 Rogers, Bernard
folder 9 Rosing, Vladimir
folder 10 Schenck, Ludwig
folder 11 Schuller, Gunther
folder 12 Schuller, Gunther
folder 13 See, Arthur
folder 14 Söderlund, Gustave
folder 15 Street, Stanley
folder 16 Street, William
folder 17 Tinlot, Gustave
folder 18 Vas, Sandor
folder 19 White, Paul
folder 20 Wilson, Raymond
folder 21 Woolford, Jeanne

 

 

SUBJECT INDEX

  • Bernstein, Leonard

original print 2/1
copy neg. 4/1
copy print 5/1, 7/1

  • Celentano, John

original print 2/2
copy neg. 4/2
copy print 5/2, 7/2

  • Cortot, Alfred

original print 2/3
copy neg. 4/3
copy print 5/3, 7/3

  • Diamond, David

original print 2/4
copy neg. 4/4
copy print 5/4

  • Dobrowen, Issay

original neg. 1/1
original print 2/5
copy neg. 4/5-6
copy print 5/5, 7/4

  • Eastman, George

original neg. 1/2
copy neg. 4/7
copy print 5/6, 7/5

  • End, Jack

original print 2/6
copy neg. 4/8
copy print 5/7, 7/6

  • Enesco, Georges

original neg. 1/3
original print 2/7
copy neg. 4/9-11
copy print 5/8-9, 7/7

  • Fennell, Frederick

original neg. 1/4-5
copy neg. 4/12-13
copy print 5/10-11

  • Fermin, Adelin

original print 2/8-9
copy neg. 4/14-15
copy print 5/12, 7/8

  • Genhart, Cecile

original neg. 1/6
copy neg. 4/95
copy print 6/36

  • Goossens, Eugene

original neg. 1/7-24
original print 2/10-12
copy neg. 4/17-36
copy print 5/14-32, 7/10-21

  • Gordon, Jacques

original print 2/13
copy neg. 4/37
copy print 5/33

  • Hadley, Henry

original neg. 1/25-26
original print 2/14
copy neg. 4/38-40
copy print 5/34-35, 7/22

  • Hanson, Howard

original neg. 1/27
original print 2/15-16
copy neg. 4/41-43
copy print 5/36-37, 7/23-24

  • Harrison, Guy Fraser

original neg. 1/24
original print 2/17
copy neg. 4/44
copy print 5/32, 5/38, 7/21, 7/25

  • Heifetz, Jascha

original neg. 1/28
original print 2/18
copy neg. 4/45-46
copy print 5/39, 7/26

  • Iturbi, José

original print 2/19
copy neg. 4/47
copy print 5/41, 7/28

  • Kefer, Paul

original print 2/20
copy neg. 4/48
copy print 5/41, 7/28

  • Kreisler, Fritz

original neg. 1/29-30
original print 2/21
copy neg. 4/49-51
copy print 5/42-43, 7/29-30

  • Lamson, Carl

original print 2/22
copy neg. 4/52
copy print 5/44, 7/31

  • Landow, Max

original neg. 1/31
original print 3/1
copy neg. 4/53-54
copy print 5/45, 7/32

  • Leinsdorf, Erich

original print 3/2
copy neg. 4/55
copy print 5/46, 7/33

  • Leventon, Alexander

original print 3/3
copy neg. 4/56
copy print 6/1, 7/34

  • Lieberson, Goddard

original neg. 1/32
original print 3/4
copy neg. 4/57-58
copy print 6/2, 7/35

  • Molinari, Bernardino

original neg. 1/33-34
original print 3/5
copy neg. 4/59-61
copy print 6/3-5, 7/36, 8/1

  • Munch, Charles

original neg. 1/35
original print 3/6
copy neg. 4/62-63
copy print 6/6-7, 8/2

  • Rachmaninoff, Sergei

original neg. 1/36-37
original print 3/7-8
copy neg. 4/64-68
copy print 6/8-11, 8/3-4

  • Rebaupierre, André de

original print 3/9
copy neg. 4/69
copy print 6/12

  • Remington, Emory

original neg. 1/38
original print 3/10-11
copy neg. 4/70-72
copy print 6/13-14, 8/5-6

  • Rhees, Rush

original print 3/12
copy neg. 4/73
copy print 6/15, 8/7

  • Rogers, Bernard

original print 3/13
copy neg. 4/74
copy print 6/16, 8/8

  • Rosing, Vladimir

original neg. 1/39
original print 3/14
copy neg. 4/75-76
copy print 6/17-18, 8/9

  • Schenck, Ludwig

original print 3/15
copy neg. 4/77
copy print 6/19, 8/10

  • Schuller, Gunther

original neg. 1/40-43
copy neg. 4/78-81
copy print 6/20-23, 8/11-12

  • See, Arthur

original neg. 1/44
copy neg. 4/82
copy print 6/24, 8/13

  • Söderlund, Gustave

original neg. 1/45
original print 3/16
copy neg. 4/83-84
copy print 6/25, 8/14

  • Street, S.

original neg. 1/46
copy neg. 4/85
copy print 6/26, 8/15

  • Street, William

original neg. 1/47
copy neg. 4/86
copy print 6/27, 8/16

  • Tinlot, Gustave

original neg. 1/48
copy neg. 4/87
copy print 6/28, 8/17

  • Vas, Sandor

original neg. 1/49-50
copy neg. 4/88-89
copy print 6/29-30, 8/18\

  • Wagner, Victor

original neg. 1/51
copy neg. 4/90
copy print 6/31

  • Watson, Nelson

original print 3/17
copy neg. 4/91
copy print 6/32

  • White, Paul

original neg. 1/52
original print 3/18
copy neg. 4/92-93
copy print 6/33-34, 8/19

  • Wilson, Raymond

original print 3/19
copy neg. 4/94
copy print 6/35, 8/20

  • Woolford, Jeanne

original neg. 1/53
copy neg. 4/16
copy print 5/13, 7/9, 8/21

  • unidentified woman

original print 3/20
copy neg. 4/96
copy print 6/37