Scope and arrangement
The majority of the collection consists of Leonard Feist’s professional papers relating to his work with copyright law. The few personal papers in the collection are located in Series II: Family Papers, which also includes the papers of Feist’s father, Leo Feist, and his brother, Milton Feist.
The Leonard Feist papers are arranged in nine series:
- 1935-19831 box; .41 linear feet
This series includes professional correspondence as well as correspondence related solely to issues of copyright.
- 1901-19791 box; .41 linear feet
This series includes materials relating to Leonard Feist's family. There is a sub-series dedicated to Feist's father, Leo Feist as well as a sub-series dedicated to Feist's brother, Milton Feist. Additional family materials are located in the sub-series, Family ephemera.
- 1 box; .41 linear feet
Many of the photographs are portraits of composers including Ernst Toch and Igor Stravinsky, which have been inscribed to Feist.
- 1950-19861 box; .41 linear feet
This series illustrates Feist's commitment to issues relating to copyright law as a prolific speaker and writer on the subject. The series is divided into two sub-series: Articles and Speeches.
- 1909-19771 box; .25 linear feet
The clippings in this series include profiles of Leonard and Leo Feist, and family obituaries.
- 1941-19771 box; .35 linear feet
Of the small collection of scores in this series, the majority are reproductions. The series contains scores by Walton Piston and Virgil Thomson.
- 1955-19913 box; .54 linear feet
Many of the awards and tributes in this series were presented to Feist on behalf of his work with copyright law. Of particular note are the copies of the signed presidential acts complete with presidential pens, which Feist had mounted and displayed.
- 1976-19802 boxes; .59 linear feet
This series consists of two scrapbooks. One is a collection of Irving Berlin songs, which is inscribed to Feist. The other is a scrapbook presented to Feist on his 70th birthday, which is titled “An Alphabet of Friends” and includes many congratulatory letters.
- 1920-19841 box; .13 linear feet
Of the various items in this series, the most notable is an oil painting presented to Feist by Irving Berlin. In the center of the painting is a photograph of Feist’s wife, Mary.