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Frank J. Lepreau collection on Klaus Liepmann

Identifier: MC-0731

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Scope and Contents

This collection comprises materials by and about Klaus Liepmann collected by his friend, Frank J. Lepreau. Liepmann was a violinist, conductor, and a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1947 to 1990 in the Department of Humanities Music Section. Materials in the collection, spanning from 1972 to 2005, include correspondence about Liepmann and publications by Liepmann. Among the publications are a self-published autobiography in two volumes and a history of music at MIT. An autobiography of Frank J. Lepreau is also included.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1972 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical Note

Klaus Liepmann, 1907-1990, was a violinist, conductor, and professor emeritus of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, he was assistant professor, 1947 to 1951; associate professor, 1951 to 1956; professor, 1956 to 1972; and professor emeritus, 1972 to 1990, in the Music Section of the Department of Humanities. Despite retiring, Liepmann continued an active role in teaching until 1977. From 1961 to 1972, he served as chair of the Music Section. Liepmann also served as director of music at MIT from 1947 to 1972, and was responsible for the Concert Band, Glee Club, Symphony Orchestra, and Choral Society. In 1975, Liepmann was awarded the Eugene McDermott Award “for major contributions to the arts as a means of human fulfillment.” (1)

1. MIT Report of the President and the Chancellor Issue 1975-1976, p. 391,


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials

Music at MIT Oral History Collection,

Recordings of performances by Liepmann are found in the MIT Libraries, at the Lewis Music Library and the Library Storage Annex.

Klaus Liepmann, 1933-1990, collection in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Related Materials in the Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Humanities Series Concert, AC-0173.

Klaus Liepmann, The Language of Music, (New York: Ronald Press, [1953]). MT6.L719

Klaus Liepmann, Songs and marches by famous composers, arr. for violin and piano, (New York: G. Schirmer, circa 1948). M222.L719

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Guide to the Frank J. Lepreau Collection on Klaus Liepmann
Finding aid was written by Chris Tanguay
2017 April
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