Leroy Ostransky papers, 1950-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ostransky, Leroy
Title
Leroy Ostransky papers
Dates
1950-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
8.0 cubic feet, (18 boxes)
Collection Number
Mss.022
Summary
Leroy Ostransky (1918-1993) was a composer, author, and a professor of music at the University of Puget Sound. An expert on jazz, he was widely recognized for his contributions to education and the arts. This collection contains files, correspondence, audio recordings, manuscripts, class notes, clippings, musical scores and compositions.
Repository
University of Puget Sound, Archives & Special Collections
University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections
Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St.
CMB1021
Tacoma, WA
98416-1021
Telephone: 253-879-2669
archives@pugetsound.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Leroy Ostransky papers contain Ostransky's compositions, correspondence, manuscripts and teaching material. The bulk of the material is related to Ostransky's writing; this includes correspondence with publishers, numerous annotated drafts, and clippings of reviews. In addition, there are a large number of letters written to Ostransky's wife, Natalie, and lecture notes for the courses he taught at the University of Puget Sound. Ostransky's musical scores and compositions are included, many of which are unidentified.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Leroy Ostransky (January 17, 1918-October 11, 1993) was a composer, author, and a professor of music at the University of Puget Sound. An expert on jazz, he was widely recognized for his contributions to education and the arts. He earned his B.A. from the College of Puget Sound in 1948; M.A. from New York University, 1951, and Ph.D. from University of Iowa in 1957. He wrote The Anatomy of Jazz (Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1960), Perspectives on Music (Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1963), The World of Music (Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1969), Understanding Jazz (Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1977), Jazz City : The Impact of our Cities on the Development of Jazz (Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1978), and Sharkey's Kid : A Memoir (New York : Morrow, 1991), along with numerous music scores.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Name of document, date.] Leroy Ostransky papers, MSS.022. University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections. Tacoma, Washington.

Restrictions on Use

The University of Puget Sound holds the physical and intellectual rights to the material in this collection.

Collins Memorial Library provides access to its collections in order to support research and education. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the use or reproduction of some items may be restricted by the terms of the gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, or university policy. It is the user's responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or any other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise disseminating materials found in the collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  General, 1954-1993Return to Top

The General series contains a small amount of ephemera, newspaper clippings and photographs collected by Ostransky.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Ephemera
1975
1 2
Excellence in Art Award
1992
1 3
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
1986-1988
1 4
Newspaper Clippings
1954-1965
1 5
Newspaper clippings, Ostransky articles reviewing music
1965-1971
1 6
Ostransky Obituary
1993
1 7
Photographs
Undated
1 8
Photographs of Ostransky
1989-1990
1 9
Photograph of Natalie Ostransky
Undated
17 1
Verdura, Vegetables, Italian Style manuscript by Viana La Place
Undated

II:  Compositions, 1950-1980Return to Top

The Compositions series includes handwritten musical scores and recordings of compositions by Ostransky. Compositions have been identified when possible, although a large amount of this material is undated.

Container(s) Description Dates
i: Sheet Music
1949-1950, 1979
Box Folder
1 10
Compositions
Undated
18
Compositions and Notes
Undated
Folder
1 11
Childs Life;These Are My Brothers; Sonata for Cello; Little Lamb; The Lonesome Trees
Undated
1 12
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
1979
1 13
Finished Compostitions and Rough Drafts
Undated
18
Halleljah; String Quartet No. 2
1950
Folder
1 14
"The Melting of Molly" Opera
Undated
1 15
"Now Thank We All Our God"
Undated
17 2
Published Compositions
Undated
17 3
Songs for Julia
Undated
18
Sonatina for Violin and Piano, String Quartet, "Portugal" for Orchestra, Misc. Compositions
1949-1950, Undated
Folder
17 4
Suite for Flute, Duet for Clarinet and Piano, Misc. Compositions
Undated
17 5
Unpublished Compositions
Undated
17 6
Violin Concerto, Bass Trio, Concerto Violin and Orchestra
Undated
ii: Recordings
1950-1980
Box
16
Memorial Fieldhouse, Concert March
Undated
16
Sonya on TV
Undated
16
Anthem
1967
16
Symphony No. 1, First Movement
1956
16
Ft. Lewis
Undated
16
Pioneer Valley
1956
16
Ellington, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady and Tattooed Bride
1950
16
Violin Concerto
1980
16
Symphony No. 3 "Rainer"
1971
16
Unidentified
1960
16
Te Deum, CPS Symphony and Brass Trio
1955-1956
16
Shar Symphony
Undated
16
Unidentified (2)
Undated
16
American Symphony
Undated
16
Reitan, Songs for Julia
1973
16
Quartet
1950
16
Student Compositions
1961
16
Now Thank We All Our God
1967
16
Sonya
1958-1959
16
Symphony No. 5, "Jazz Symphony"
1978
16
Pioneer Valley
Undated
16
Program Music
1966
16
Program Music and First Mephisto Waltz, First Les Preludes
1966
16
Short Symphony
1975
16
Prelude and (?)
Undated

III:  Correspondence, 1955-1991Return to Top

The majority of the Correspondence series has been organized by subject. Ostransky collected reviews of his published work sent by friends and acquaintances and exchanged numerous letters with publishers interested in publishing his literary work. The series includes a large number of letters Ostransky wrote to his wife, Natalie, the bulk of which are undated.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
General
The bulk of this material appears to relate to Ostransky's career at the University of Puget Sound.
1955-1978
2 2
Anatomy of Jazz
1960
2 3
Anatomy of Jazz - Advertisements and Reviews
1960-1961
2 4
Anatomy of Jazz - Advertisements and Reviews
1963-1965
2 5
Anatomy of Jazz - Reviews
1958-1977
2 6
Crayola Inc. letter to the Tacoma News Tribune
1972
2 7
Ostransky's Education
1955-1956
2 8
Jazz
1979-1982
2 9
Jazz and the Cities
1977-1978
2 10
William Howland Kenny letter to Leroy Ostransky
1982
2 11
Leroy Ostransky letter to Mr. Jacobsen and notes on the Jewish Encyclopedia
1965
2 12
Leroy Ostransky letters to Natalie Ostransky
1955-1977, Undated
2 13
Leroy Ostransky letters to Natalie Ostransky
1956, Undated
2 14
Leroy Ostransky letters to Natalie Ostransky
Undated
3 1
Regarding Paul Horn
1990
3 2
Prentice-Hall, Inc.
1976-1977
3 3
Publishers
1958-1964
3 4
Publishers
1980-1981
3 5
Publishers
1989-1991
3 6
Sharkey's Kid
1991
3 7
Sharkey's Kid - Reviews
1982-1991
3 8
Sharkey's Kid - Reviews
1991
3 9
Understanding Jazz
1977

IV:  Literary Works, 1957-1979Return to Top

The Literary Works series contains published and unpublished articles and manuscripts by Ostransky. The General subseries includes short articles that are organized by subject; it is unclear if these have been published. The Manuscripts subseries is organized by title and contains short essays, newspaper articles, and manuscripts. For some of Ostransky's better known works, there are multiple drafts, many of which are annotated.

Container(s) Description Dates
i: General
1974, Undated
Box Folder
4 1
Book Manuscript Notes & Prentice Hall Publication Application
1974
4 2
Essays on Food
Undated
4 3
Essays on Jazz Music
Undated
4 4
Notes on Writing
Undated
4 5
Op-Ed on Instruments
Undated
4 6
Record Reviews
Undated
4 7
Short Essay Opinion Pieces
Undated
4 8-9
Short Stories and Creative Pieces
Undated
4 10
Travel Memoirs
Undated
ii: Manuscripts
The Manuscripts series contains both published and unpublished manuscripts written by Ostransky.
1957-1979
Box
16
Anatomy of Jazz (published copy)
1960
Folder
4 11-12
"Bach Had How Many Kids? An Unnatural History of Music"
Undated
4 13
"Charles Mingus" (Jazz Musician)
Undated
4 14
Daddy's Saloon
Undated
4 15
"Dale Carnegie-Go Home!"
Undated
4 16
"An Easter Story"
1961-1962
5 1-3
A History of Music
Undated
5 4
"Kim's Story"
Undated
5 5
"Lively Arts" Essays
Undated
5 6-8
My Life and Good Times
Undated
Ned Rorem
Undated
Ned Rorem, Manuscript 2 and Notes
Undated
Ned Rorem, Notes and Rough Drafts
Undated
15
"Notes and Comment" Newspaper clippings
Original newspaper clippings of of the "Notes and Comment" column, most of these do not include a date.
Undated
Folder
"Notes and Comment" Manuscripts
Drafts of the "Notes and Comment" column, many of these contain what appear to be notes from the editor on whether or not they will be published.
Undated
8 2
"Notes and Comment" Manuscripts
Drafts for the "Notes and Comment" column, many of these contain what appear to be notes from the editor on whether or not they will be published.
1957-1962
8 3
"Notes and Comment" Manuscripts
Drafts for the "Notes and Comment" column, many of these contain what appear to be notes from the editor on whether or not they will be published.
1961-1964
16
Perspectives on Music (published copy)
1963
Folder
8 4
"Richard Wagner: Gentleman"
Undated
8 5-6
Sharkey's Kid, Master Copy
Undated
8 7-8
Sharkey's Kid, Repro Copy
Undated
Sharkey's Kid
Undated
9 3-4
Sharkey's Kid, Manuscript 2
Undated
10 3
Copy of Sharkey's Kid
Undated
17 8
Sharkey's Kid, Early Draft
Undated
10 4
Sharkey's Kid, Draft
Undated
17 9
Sharkey's Kid, Notes
Undated
Sharkey's Kid II
Undated
11 2-3
Sharkey's Kid Grows Up
Undated
14
Technique of Orchestra Based on the Use of the Instruments in the Symphonic Poems of Richard Strauss (2)
Undated
Folder
11 4
"There Are No Friendly Games"
Undated
11 5
"Two For the Money" - Short Essay on Franz Liszt
Undated
11 6-9
Understanding Jazz
Undated
11 10
Understanding Jazz, Contract and Bibliography
1976-1979

V:  Research, 1960-1993Return to Top

The Research series contains clippings, articles, and notes written by Ostransky during the course of research. Much of this material was unidentified and contains annotations.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 1
Articles and Notes
1965-1986
12 2
Articles and Notes
1992-1993
12 3
Articles and Notes
1980s
17 10
Articles and Notes (Britten, Barber, and Copland)
1964-1988
12 4-5
Jazz Articles and Notes
Undated
12 6
Jazz Articles and Notes
1972
12 7
Jazz Articles and Notes
1991
12 8
Jazz Newspaper Clippings and Notes
1992-1993
12 9
Newspaper Clippings
1967-1973
12 10
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz Acceptance Letter, Manuscripts, Research Articles and Notes
1980s
12 11
New Yorker Articles on Jazz
1986
13 1
Notes for "Possible Columns"
Undated
13 2
Paul Horn
1960-1977
13 3
Paul Horn
1977-1980

VI:  Teaching, 1951-1978Return to Top

The Teaching series includes Ostransky's lecture notes, class syllabi, and exam questions. Most of the material is undated, although quite a few of the courses appear to have taken place in 1978. The Music 115 section includes notes for a few of the course lectures.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
13 4
General
Many of the documents relate to an "Introduction to Music" course.
Undated
13 5
English 101
1978, Undated
13 6
Music 101
1978, Undated
13 7
Music 103
1978, Undated
13 8
Music 115, The Anatomy of Jazz
Undated
13 9
Music 115, What is Jazz? lecture
Undated
14 1
Music 115, Improvisation lecture
Undated
16
Music 115, Improvisation lecture recording
Undated
Folder
14 2
Music 115, The Elements of Jazz lecture
Undated
14 3
Music 115, The Blues lecture
Undated
14 4
Music 115, Understanding Style lecture
Undated
14 5
Music 115, New Orleans Style lecture
Undated
14 6
Music 115, Pre-Swing lecture
Undated
14 7
Music 115, Swing Era lecture
Undated
14 8
Music 115, Modern Era lecture
Undated
14 9
Exams
1958-1970
14 10
Handy-Aid for Classes...
1951
14 11
Lecture Notes
Undated
14 12
The Orchestra
Undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Composers--Washington (State)--Tacoma
  • Jazz
  • Music teachers--Washington (State)--Tacoma
  • Private universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Tacoma
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Puget Sound. School of Music.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Music scores