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Finding Aid for the Leo Smit Photograph Collection, circa 1926-1999

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Mus. Arc. 6.3

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-4750
United States
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Finding aid prepared by John Bewley.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by John Bewley, October 2008, updated in January 2012.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using DACS ( Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

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Collection Overview

Title: Leo Smit Photograph Collection, circa 1926-1999
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 6.3
Creator: Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
Extent: 5 boxes (458 items)
Language of Material: No textual materials are included in the collection.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: Chiefly black and white photographs documenting Leo Smit's life and career in music.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Leo Smit Photograph Collection, circa 1926-1999, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

The collection was in part a gift from Leo Smit in 1998. The remainder of the collection was given to the Music Library by Nils Vigeland, executor of Smit's estate.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Alternate Forms

Collection contents have been digitized in part and are available in UBdigit.

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Leo Smit was born to Russian immigrants on January 12, 1921, in Philadelphia. He received his earliest musical training from his father, Kolman Smit, beginning at age five. Kolman Smit was a professional violinist who performed in the Philadelphia Orchestra (1926-1931) under Leopold Stokowski, the Cincinnati Symphony under Fritz Reiner, and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini.

After private piano studies with Martha Lantner, Joseph Wissof, and Bert Shefter, Smit traveled to Moscow with his mother in 1929 to study piano for three months with Dmitri Kabalevsky on scholarship at the Moscow Conservatory. Upon his return to Philadelphia, Smit received a scholarship in 1930 to study piano at Curtis Institute of Music with noted piano pedagogue Isabelle Vengerova. He continued his studies on scholarship in New York, studying piano with José Iturbi (1933-35) and composition with Nicolas Nabokov (1935). It was under Nabokov's tutelage that Smit produced his first original composition in 1935, Zvay, a song setting of a Yiddish poem by Mani Loeb for soprano and piano.

Smit began his professional career as a pianist while still in his teens. His first professional engagement was as rehearsal pianist for George Balanchine's American Ballet Company in 1936-37. A year after beginning in this position, Smit met Igor Stravinsky during rehearsals of the composer's ballet, Jeu de Cartes. Smit gave his debut recital as a solo pianist at Carnegie Hall in February 1939. His successful debut was followed by a concert tour of the United States in 1940.

Leo Smit's career as composer, pianist, conductor, and educator spanned seven decades of musical life in the United States. He established close working relationships, and/or friendships, with many of the most prominent musicians of the 20th century, including Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, William Schuman, Alex Haieff, Leopold Stokowski, and Lukas Foss. As a performer, Smit was an enthusiastic and persuasive advocate and interpreter of the music of his time, especially the solo piano music of Aaron Copland. His compositional output totals more than one hundred works, including two operas, three symphonies, more than ninety songs, two ballets, and numerous chamber and piano works.

Smit was also a talented photographer. In addition to the many photographs he took of noted musicians, Smit also used his skill as a photographer to capture images from his travels. Many of his travel pictures reflect his reverence for nature. As part of his innovative approach to programming, Smit would often include displays of his photography in his theme-based concerts.

During his career Leo Smit earned several awards and honors, including Fulbright (piano) and Guggenheim (composition) Fellowships in 1950, a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome for 1950-51, the Boston Symphony Merit Award in 1953 for his Symphony No. 1 (premiered October 16, 1953 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch), the New York Critics Circle Award in 1957 (also for his Symphony No. 1), his selection as an artist for a State Department concert tour of Latin America in 1967-68, and the Buffalo Evening News Man of the Year award in 1969. As an educator, Smit held positions at Sarah Lawrence College (1947-49), UCLA (1957-63), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (1962-84).

Leo Smit died December 12, 1999 in Scripps Hospital, Encinitas, California.


Scope and Content Note

The Leo Smit Photograph Collection consists of a mixture of photographs documenting Smit's life. These include images of Smit as a child and young man, photographs with friends and colleagues, including Aaron Copland, Pete Johnson, Leonard Bernstein, and Sir Fred Hoyle, photographs documenting Smit's tour of Latin America 1967-1968, portraits of Smit, and images of scenes from Smit's chamber opera, Magic Water. The collection also includes several photographs by Leo Smit. These include images of Leonard Bernstein, William Schuman, members of the University at Buffalo Music Department (including Morton Feldman), and members of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, as well as photographs of Smit's collection of Kachina dolls. Portraits by other photographers include those of Aaron Copland, Pete Johnson, and Smit's father, Kolman Smit. There is also a single postcard portrait of composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and a single reproduction of a photograph of Franz Liszt. Some items in the collection have been dated according to date stamps on the image verso. These are most likely more reflective of when a print was made rather than when it was shot.



Container List

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1 smit001 Leo Smit at 5 years old, 1926
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit002 Leo Smit at 9 years old, 1930
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1 photograph
Photographer Eisenburg, Maurice
1 smit003 Leo Smit at 15 years old, 1936
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1 photograph
Photographer Astor Studio (Astoria, Long Island)
1 smit004 Leo Smit at age 17 years old, 1938
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1 photograph
Photographer Talbot (New York City)
1 smit005 Leo Smit at age 17 years, 1938
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1 photograph
Photographer Talbot (New York City)
1 smit006 Leo Smit at age 17 years, 1938
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1 photograph
Photographer Talbot (New York City)
1 smit007 Leo Smit (center) with Igor Stravinsky, 1936
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1 photograph
Photographer Schaal, Eric
1 smit008 Leo Smit (left) with Igor Stravinsky, 1936
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1 photograph
Photographer Schaal, Eric
1 smit009 Leo Smit with Benny Goodman, 1950
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit010 Leo Smit at piano, 195-?
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit011 Leo Smit with Aaron Copland, 1958
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit012 Leo Smit's hands at piano keyboard, ca. 1965
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1 photograph
Photographer Smith, Gordon S
1 smit013 Leo Smit with Pete Johnson, 1966?
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit014 Leo Smit (at piano) in recital at the National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit015 Leo Smit (at piano) at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit016 Leo Smit (at piano) at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit017 Leo Smit lecturing at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit018 Leo Smit with student at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit019 Leo Smit with student at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit020 Leo Smit at piano at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
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1 smit021 Leo Smit at piano at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit022 Leo Smit at piano at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit023 Leo Smit with students at National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, March 8, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit024 Leo Smit at piano, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit025 Leo Smit reading a lecture at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit026 Leo Smit at piano with students at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit027 Leo Smit at piano at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit028 Leo Smit at piano at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit029 Leo Smit at piano before audience at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit030 Leo Smit with Gladys Vallejo at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit031 Leo Smit at piano at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit032 Leo Smit with dignitaries at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit033 Leo Smit with dignitaries at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit034 Leo Smit with dignitaries at Asuncion Bi-National Center, April 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto India (Asuncion, Paraguay)
1 smit035 Leo Smit at piano, 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Foto Miguel (Brazil)
1 smit036 Six local musicians on 1967-68 Latin American tour, 1967-68
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit037 Leo Smit with Ambassador Clarence Boonstra at reception for Costa Rican writers and national arts prizewinners, April 21, 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit038 Leo Smit with Ambassador Clarence Boonstra at reception for Costa Rican writers and national arts prizewinners, April 21, 1968
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Photographer Unidentified
1 smit039 Leo Smit at piano before audience at National Conservatory, April 25, 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit040 Leo Smit being greeted at La Paz airport, March 25, 1968
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1 photograph
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1 smit041 Leo Smit being greeted at La Paz airport, March 25, 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit042 Leo Smit at La Paz airport, March 25, 1968
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1 photograph
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1 smit043 Proof sheet with three images of Leo Smit at piano, ca. 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit044 Proof sheet with 27 images of Leo Smit alone at piano and 6 with students, ca. 1968
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1 proof sheet
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1 smit045 Leo Smit at piano, 1960's
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1 photograph
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1 smit046 Leo Smit at piano, 1960's
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1 photograph
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1 smit047 Leo Smit at piano, 1960's
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1 photograph
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1 smit048 Leo Smit portrait, 1960s
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit049 Leo Smit portrait, 1960's
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit050 Leo Smit performing his Piano Concerto with Buffalo Philharmonic, Nov. 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Tuttle, Jim
1 smit051 Leo Smit performing his Piano Concerto with Buffalo Philharmonic, Lukas Foss conducting, Nov. 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Tuttle, Jim
1 smit052 Leo Smit, after performing his Piano Concerto with Buffalo Philharmonic, Lukas Foss conducting, Nov. 1968
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1 photograph
Photographer Tuttle, Jim
1 smit053 Leo Smit giving a lecture, ca. 1970?
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1 photograph
Photographer SUNY Buffalo Audio-Visual Center
1 smit054 Leo Smit with Sir Fred Hoyle at premiere of Smit's Copernicus, 1973
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit055 Leo Smit with Sir Fred Hoyle at piano, ca. 1970
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit057 Leo Smit portrait, ca. 1970
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
1 smit058 Leo Smit at piano, ca. 1970
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1 photograph
Photographer Ursillo, Catherine
1 smit059 University at Buffalo production of Leo Smit's chamber opera, Magic Water, October 29-30, 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Haupt, Irene
1 smit060 University at Buffalo production of Leo Smit's chamber opera, Magic Water, October 29-30, 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Haupt, Irene
1 smit061 University at Buffalo production of Leo Smit's chamber opera, Magic Water, October 29-30, 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Haupt, Irene
1 smit062 Leo Smit conducting University at Buffalo production of his chamber opera, Magic Water, October 29-30, 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Haupt, Irene
1 smit063 Leo Smit conducting University at Buffalo production of his chamber opera, Magic Water, October 29-30,1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Haupt, Irene
2 smit064 Leo Smit portrait, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Houghton, Jim
2 smit065 Leo Smit portrait, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Houghton, Jim
2 smit066 Leo Smit portrait, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Houghton, Jim
2 smit067 Leo Smit portrait, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Houghton, Jim
2 smit068 Leo Smit portrait, in Rome?, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Kaish, Luize (?)
2 smit069 Leo Smit portrait, in Rome?, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Kaish, Luize (?)
2 smit070 Leo Smit portrait, in Rome?, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Kaish, Luize (?)
2 smit071 Leo Smit portrait, in Rome?, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Kaish, Luize (?)
2 smit072 Leo Smit with Aaron Copland in Copland's studio, 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Houghton, Jim
2 smit073 Leo Smit with Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein backstage at Kennedy Center, Copland 80th birthday concert, November 14, 1980
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit074 Leo Smit, Rosalynn Carter, Aaron Copland, President Jimmy Carter, Leonard Bernstein, and Mstislav Rostropovich - Copland 80th birthday concert, November 14, 1980
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit075 Leo Smit with Aaron Copland at Copland 80th birthday concert, November 16, 1980
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit076 Leo Smit self portrait, circa 1967
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit077 Leo Smit in chair, 1980
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit078 Leo Smit, circa 1998
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
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2 smit079 Leonard Bernstein conducting at the Vatican, 1973
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit080 Frederick Burgomaster, conductor, organist, Jan. 10, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit081 Aaron Copland conducting, 1968?
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit082 Martha Herr Hanneman, soprano, Jan. 10, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit083 Pete Johnson signing autographs, 1966?
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1 photograph
Photographer SUNY Buffalo Audio-Visual Center
2 smit084 Pete Johnson portrait, 1966?
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit085 Pete Johnson portrait with inscription, 1966
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit086 Carol Plantamura, soprano, Jan. 10, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit087 Heinz Rehfuss, baritone, Jan. 10, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit088 Suze Leal Rehfuss, mezzo-soprano, Jan. 10, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit089 William Schuman, 1960s?
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit090 Kolman Smit (Leo Smit's father), violin, with Leo Smit in background, ca. 1936-1938
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
2 smit091 Henrik Svitzer, flutist, Jan. 10, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
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2 smit092 Buffalo Sabres player Gilbert Perreault on bench, 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit093 Buffalo Sabres player Don Luce (no. 20), 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit094 Buffalo Sabres player Rick Martin, with no. 22 Jocelyn Guevremont in background, 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit095 Proof sheet of 20 images of Buffalo Sabres/New York Rangers game, 1976, 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit096 Faceoff with Rangers no. 77 Phil Esposito, Danny Gare (18), Jerry Korab (4), Terry Martin (25), Jim Schoenfeld (6), 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit097 Buffalo Sabres shot on Rangers goalie, 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit098 Male and female couple at Buffalo Sabres game, 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit099 Buffalo Sabres player Jerry Korab on ice, 1976
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
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2 smit100 Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi, Istanbul, Turkey, interior view, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit101 Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, interior view, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit102 Minaret, Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1979
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
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2 smit103 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit104 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit105 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit106 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit107 Kachina doll, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit108 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit109 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit110 Kachina doll, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit111 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit112 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit113 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit114 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit115 Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
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2 smit116 Portrait postcard of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, circa 1890
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
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2 smit117 Unidentified person, April 19, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit118 Sylvia Dimiziani, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit119 Unidentified person and Stephen Manes, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit120 Morton Feldman, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit121 Morton Feldman, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit122 David Kuen, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit123 Morton Feldman and Edmund Strainchamps, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit124 Unidentified person, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit125 Unidentified person and Muriel Wolf, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit126 Livingston Gearhart, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit127 Edmund Strainchamps, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit128 Edmund Strainchamps, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit129 Harriet Simons, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit130 Allen Sigel, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit131 Ed Gordon, Frina Boldt, and James McKinnon, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit132 William Thomson and Ted Mayer, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit133 Carlo Pinto, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit134 Unidentified person, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit135 Robert Mols, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit136 James McKinnon and Lejaren Hiller, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit137 Heinz Rehfuss, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit138 Charlotte Roederer, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit139 Heinz Rehfuss, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit140 Muriel Wolf and Sylvia Dimiziani, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit141 Unidentified male and Charlotte Roederer, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit142 Frina Boldt, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit143 Robert Mols, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit144 David Fuller?, April 9, 1975
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1 photograph
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit145 Robert Mols, Harriet Simons, Sylvia Dimiziani, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit146 Unidentified person, April 9, 1975
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Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
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2 smit147 Negatives for photographs of Buffalo Sabres game, 1976
8 negatives
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
2 smit148 16 negatives of photographs from the Leo Smit estate, all printed for this collection, 1926-1999
16 negatives
2 smit149 Color negatives for Leo Smit's photographs of Kachina dolls, circa 1980-1989
13 negatives
Photographer Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
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3 smit150 Leo Smit color portrait, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
3 smit151 Leo Smit color portrait, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
3 smit152 Leo Smit color portrait, 1977
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1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
A.    People, circa 1950-1979
Item 153-205
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Box Item Contents
4 smit153
Leo Smit sitting in unidentified location, March 1959
1 photograph
Photographer Unidentified
B.    Places, circa 1950-1979
Remainder of Box 4 and all Box 5 (154 items)
Arranged in approximate topical order.
Locations in the remainder of Box 4 include Italy and Turkey. Locations in Box 5 include sites in the Pacific Northwest, Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, Yosemite National Park, Mount McKinley, images from a television screen of a lunar landing, Rio de Janiero, and the Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal, Mexico.

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Subjects

Musicians--Photographs
Smit, Leo, 1921-1999--Photographs

Genres

Photographs

Associated Material

Related Resources

Related Resources in the Music Library

The collection consists of 104 scores by Leo Smit, principally in copies of holographs. There are also another 43 items arranged or transcribed by Smit, inscribed to or by Smit, scores marked for performance by Smit, and miscellaneous scores.

A small collection of personal documents, writings by Smit, correspondence (chiefly photocopies of letters from Aaron Copland to Smit), clippings, programs, and lecture materials.

An online exhibit commemorating the life and career of Leo Smit. It contains many images of Smit as well as photographs taken by him. A list of Smit's compositions, compiled by the composer, is also included.

A collection of Collection contains approximately 13,705 35 millimeter slides taken by Smit. The contents include images of notable musicians, images used in his lecture recitals, and images taken during his many journeys in the United States and abroad, including Central and South America, Italy, and various other European countries.

Related Resources Outside the Music Library

Finding aid for the collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Music Division. The Leo Smit collection contains scores, correspondence, and research materials.