- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Lewin, Frank
- Frank Lewin Papers
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 1938-2016 (mostly 1951-2007)
- 70 boxes, 5804 digital files, and 57.4 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-70
This collection contains the musical manuscripts, musical sketches, correspondence, teaching materials, business files, and other personal papers of American composer Frank Lewin (1925-2008), who resided in Princeton from 1951 until his death. Audio and video recordings on optical media and a hard drive include music, films, and interviews; digital materials also include photographs, documents, production information, scores, parts, copyright forms, and contracts.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of papers related to Frank Lewin's career as a composer, including sheet music, sound and video recordings, research notes, publicity and programs, correspondence, and digital files.
The collection is arranged into the following series, reflecting the arrangement scheme of the materials as they arrived at the library. Gaps in series and subseries enumeration reflect the arrangement scheme imposed by the donor. Materials listed in the donor inventories that reside at other institutions are not represented in this finding aid; as a result, there is no Series 3.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Frank Lewin was born March 27, 1925, in Breslau, Germany. He and his family escaped from Germany in 1939, spent a year in Cuba, and came to New York in 1940. Lewin studied composition with Felix Deyo at the Baldwin Conservatory (Long Island, New York); with Jack Frederick Kilpatrick and Hans David at Southern Methodist University; with Roy Harris in Logan, Utah; and with Richard Donovan and Paul Hindemith at the Yale School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1951.
Lewin composed and edited music for feature, documentary, and television films, including dozens of original scores for The Defenders and The Nurses. He wrote incidental music for plays from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, and composed scores for historical outdoor dramas. His cantata Music for the White House was performed in 1965 at a state dinner hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson. His Requiem for Robert F. Kennedy (Mass for the Dead, in English) was first performed in 1969, in the Princeton University Chapel, a year after Kennedy's death. Among Lewin's other concert compositions are the opera Burning Bright, based on the novel and play of the same name by John Steinbeck; plus song cycles, choral music, and instrumental works.
Lewin was a professor at the Yale School of Music from 1971 to 1992, teaching composition for film; and at the Columbia University School of the Arts from 1975 to 1989, where he taught the course "Music in Modern Media." He received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, including a Distinguished Artist Award. He was a member of BMI, the American Composers Alliance, and the Composers Guild of New Jersey. Lewin lived in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1951 until his death on January 18, 2008.
Gift of the Frank Lewin Estate in 2014 and 2016 (AM 2014-109).
No materials were separated from the collection during 2016 processing.
- Processing Information
This collection was arranged and described by Miriam Lewin, Literary Executor, and Eva Lewin Radding, prior to donation to Princeton University. All materials were rehoused by Fiona Bell '18 and Rachel Dubin '17 in 2016. A finding aid, based on inventories provided by Miriam Lewin and Eva Lewin Radding, was produced by Kelly Bolding in 2016, with assistance from Fiona Bell '18 and Rachel Dubin '17. While intellectual arrangement and series and subseries enumeration from donor inventories were maintained during 2016 processing, materials were physically rehoused based on size.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
The following information has been supplied by the Frank Lewin Estate:
Publication and Duplication:
Researchers may make single photocopies for scholarly use. Photocopies for use in performance and recording are permitted under Performance and Recording guidelines below.
Recorded sound and video may be used for study and educational purposes. Excerpts may be used in audio/visual presentations of a documentary nature.
Performance and Recording:
Subito Music/Notevole is the publisher of three works: Burning Bright , Concerto on Silesian Tunes, and Concerto Harmonico (Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra); they should be contacted for performance and recording rights.
Rights to two collections of recorded cues, the Demeter Music Library and Demeter Production Music Library, were sold in 2007 and 2008, respectively, to Carlin Recorded Music Library Limited (England).
Music composed for The Defenders and The Nurses television series, also referred to as the DN Library, may be performed and recorded, but existing recordings may only be used as indicated above under Publication and Duplication.
For all other works, including works published by Demeter Music, Inc., and Parga, Lewin's own companies, contact Miriam Lewin, Literary Executor for Frank Lewin, or her successor. In the event a good faith effort to make contact is not successful, permission is granted for performance and recording of these works.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Consult staff for access to recordings and digital files. Due to technology considerations for providing access, advance notice is required.
- Credit this material:
Frank Lewin Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-70