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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 234.1

Louis Krasner collection of musical scores and autographs


Five manuscript music scores, eight autograph documents and two photographs collected by Louis Krasner.


  • Creation: 1810-1893

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is mostly not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should consult Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times. Item (2) is shelved as MS at Houghton.


1 linear feet (1 box and 1 volume)

Five manuscript musical scores (of works by Beethoven, Haydn, Kridel), eight autograph documents (Eugène de Beauharnais, Brahms, Debussy, Freud, Léonard, Empress Marie Louise, Paganini, Zola), with two photographs (of Brahms), collected by Louis Krasner.

Biographical / Historical

Louis Krasner (1903-1995) was a concert violinist and later a teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music, and also a collector with varied interests. For further particulars of his biography, see the finding-aid for MS Mus 234, the main collection of his papers. The present collection, which has been separated from those papers, is made up of items not related to Krasner's biography but collected by him.


Organized into the following three series:

  1. I. Manuscript music
  2. II. Autographs
  3. III. Other material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*89M-63. Gift of Mrs. Adrienne Krasner, Mrs. Naomi Krasner (72 Nonantum St., Newton, MA 02158), and Mrs. Elsa Krasner Miller (176 Rawson Rd., Brookline, MA 02146); received June 1986, June 1989 and Apr. 1990.

*96M-50, *97M-55. Gift of Mrs. Naomi Krasner and Mrs. Elsa Krasner Miller; received 30 May 1997 and 7 Apr. 1998 respectively.

*2000M-71. Gift of Mrs. Naomi Krasner; received 5 June 2001

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara M. Wolff and J. F. Coakley.

Processing Information

MS Mus 234.2 items 1-20 also located in Box 1 of this collection.

Krasner, Louis, 1903-1995, collector. Louis Krasner collection of musical scores and autographs: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library.
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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