The Krasner collection is organized into these four series:
- Biographical records
- Subject Files
Krasner’s Correspondence is divided into two categories, general and student. The general correspondence, arranged chronologically, spans the years 1950-1985 but is primarily from the 1970s and 1980s. The ‘student’ correspondence is either from a student or someone seeking Krasner’s advice. A few pieces of correspondence are thank you notes to Krasner. Finally, there is also a student term paper from 1991 in this file.
The Biographical records contain a variety of materials. The first folder in this series simply contains biographical information (vitae and brief biographical sketches) about Krasner as well as a photo clipping. There is one folder containing a few concert programs in which Krasner performed. The next two folders pertain to two grants Krasner applied for from the NEH and the Mark Rothko Foundation. The NEH grant file is much more detailed, containing the actual applications and proposal. The last folder in this series contains a small number of miscellaneous items…a postcard, flyers, advertisements etc.
The Writings/Speeches series consists of five folders. The first contains materials relating to the Krasner’s 1967 Tanglewood report entitled “String Problems, Players and Paucity”. The next two folders concern Krasner’s role as editor of the “Violin Forum” column of the American String Teacher magazine. The first contains related correspondence; the second contains articles submitted by Krasner and others. The folder containing ‘other’ speeches and writings includes a copy of the “String problem” report; “In Consideration of the Creative Arts”(A commentary on “A Model of Society: the American Case” by Robin Williams Jr., Cornell University); an article in honor of Schoenberg’s 100th anniversary; and a short story written by Krasner when he was a student entitled “The Master’s Cremona,” and “George W. Chadwick: “Just Play – Just
Noodle – Alban Berg: Bitte Nur Preludieren” which is a reminiscence of Krasner’s early days as a student at NEC, specifically focusing on the violin competition for the Richard Sears Prize. The last folder in this series contains handwritten notes by Krasner, presumably used for articles, presentations, or class lectures.
There are only three Subject files in the Krasner collection. The first contains materials relating to Alban Berg’s violin concerto, which was commissioned and premiered by Krasner. This folder recounts the circumstances surrounding the composition and performance of this work. Included is a draft of Krasner’s paper, “The Origins of the Alban Berg Violin Concerto” which was presented at the Alban Berg Symposium (Vienna, 1980). The complete proceedings of this symposium, edited by Rudolf Klein, were published the following year by Universal Editions. This draft contains many handwritten markings.
The next folder consists primarily of correspondence between Krasner and friend Elizabeth Dorsey, along with correspondence from Don Engle. Krasner was seeking the support of those involved with the Minnesota Orchestra in establishing a faculty chair at NEC that would honor former Minnesota conductor, Dmitri Mitropoulos. Gunther Schuller was actively involved in this project as well. (See also the Schuller collection). The last subject folder contains materials pertaining to the International American Music Competition for violinists, for which Krasner served as a judge.