Jerome Robbins Dance Division

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts


40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave)
Third Floor
New York NY 10023
(212) 870-1657

Finding Aids

The Dictionary Catalog of the Dance Collection, 10 vols. (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1974). In 1973 the library published A Decade of Acquisitions: The Dance Collection 1964–1973. All of the information contained in this entry came from these 2 published finding aids.


The Jerome Robbins Dance Division in the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center is the most comprehensive, for all forms of dance, in the United States, perhaps in the world. The amount of Russian/Soviet-related material in the repository is extensive; the description that follows cannot do the collection justice. The Dance Collection comprises textual material, photographs, motion pictures, prints, original designs, sculpture, and sound recordings. Items are listed in the card catalogue under 4 rubrics: names (persons—dancers, choreographers, authors, composers, artists, designers; companies; organizations; etc.), titles (ballets, concert works, folk and ethnic dances, films, books, etc.), topical subjects (folk dancing, history and criticism, etc.), and geographical place names. In general, one can say that for every major Russian/Soviet dancer, choreographer, impresario, and ballet there are archival holdings in the New York Public Library. (Not all pertinent materials, however, are physically located in this division.) A selected listing of holdings, which follows, can give only the barest idea of the size and scope of relevant materials. Note: Many items are part of much larger collections. When known, these collections are indicated in parentheses at the appropriate point in descriptions. But the catalogue and published guides used in compiling this list were not always clear about this matter.

Note: The photo, print, picture, and clippings holdings of the library exist for virtually all of the persons, ballets, and subjects mentioned in the preceding description.

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