If you’ve seen Bradley Cooper’s new Leonard Bernstein biopic, “Maestro,” and you find yourself desperately curious to learn more about Bernstein and his world, then have we got a project for you!
The Library’s By the People crowdsourced transcription program launches our newest campaign this week: Leonard Bernstein: Writings By, From, and To. Drawn from material accessible in the Music Division’s Leonard Bernstein Collection Digital Collection, the new campaign invites you, the public, to create an account and transcribe handwritten and typescript correspondence, lyric sheets, note, speeches, outlines, and scripts from Bernstein’s own papers. Ultimately, once the campaign is completed, the writings in the Bernstein Digital Collection will be keyword searchable and feature downloadable transcriptions. Questions about the material or the project? Our reference librarians are ready to answer your Ask a Librarian emails.
So get into those transcriptions! Get to know Bernstein, his family, and colleagues better in spending time with these materials, and let us know your favorite discoveries. Volunteers have already transcribed over 2,000 pages, and there are thousands more waiting for you. For an added glimpse into the Bernstein Collection, watch this video of Senior Music Specialist Mark Horowitz showcasing highlights from Bernstein’s extraordinary papers!