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.
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The collection is open for research use.