The Leonard Berkowitz Collection
documents Berkowitz's musical and academic career during his tenure at California
State University, Northridge, from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. The collection
includes musical scores and audio recordings composed and produced by Berkowitz, as well
as works by other composers.
Leonard Berkowitz was born on February 8, 1919 in Woodbury County, Iowa, to parents
David and Anna (neé Kozberg) Berkowitz who emigrated from Russia to the United States in
the first decade of the twentieth century. Sometime between 1927 and 1930, his father
passed away, and Leonard, his mother, and sister relocated to Southern California, where
he attended Los Angeles High School, graduating in 1936. Following high school,
Berkowitz attended Yale University, and completed a bachelor's degree in music.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of
materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by
fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the
public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.