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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 851

Goddard Lieberson papers


Preliminary box list only for Goddard Lieberson papers.


  • 1909-1977

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

RESTRICTED: Collection is unprocessed. Access to collection requires permission of curator.

This collection is not housed at the Harvard Theatre Collection but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


3 linear feet (2 boxes)
Includes correspondence, compositions, music scores, medical records, passports, photographs, awards, publicity material and other items.

Biographical / Historical

Goddard Lieberson (1911-1977) was president of Columbia Records, and composer by training. In the 1940s, he introduced to the American public the long-playing records of classical repertoire and Broadway productions. His greatest legacy was original recordings of Broadway musicals and other productions, as well as studio cast recordings of major Broadway hits.

In 1946 he married ballet dancer and actress Vera Zorina; the marriage produced two sons, composer Peter Lieberson (1946-2011) and philosopher, writer and journalist Jonathan Lieberson (1949-1989).


Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully sorted. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2008MT-103. Gift of Vera Zorina Estate; received: 2009 June 1.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin
Link to catalog
Lieberson, Goddard, 1911-1977. Goddard Lieberson papers, ca. 1909-1977: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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