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Leo Kraft (1922 – 2014) was an American composer, educator, and author born in Brooklyn, New York. He taught music theory and composition at the Queens College School of Music, to later become the Aaron Copland School of Music, from 1948 to 1989. He was a key member in developing the music theory curriculum. Kraft composed many works of chamber music, and he also contributed orchestral, piano, vocal, and electronic music to his oeuvre.
The series includes publishing contract documents such as royalty statements and copyright certificates for Kraft's works. These documents pertain to his musical works and published scores, as well as authored and coauthored textbooks. This series provides evidence of the types of publishers that Kraft worked with throughout his professional career.
The series includes personal items such as postcards, greeting cards, drawings, articles, a small selection of photographs, and Kraft's personal diary with dates ranging from 1971 - 1977. The collection demonstrates his devotion to his family and his community which includes a large circle of composer colleagues, friends, and members of the Jewish community.