"Nothing is more frail or transient than a ballet.”
Lincoln Kirstein, 1983
Knowing how correct Lincoln Kirstein was, New York City Ballet created the New York City Ballet Archives in 1999.
The commitment of the NYCB Archives is to protect and organize archival materials, ranging from documents, photographs, and videotapes to costumes, musical scores, and scenic designs — as well as correspondence and original print media — while also providing limited public access to scholars, students, and other professionals in the field of dance.
In the years since, restoration and conservation of important items has been undertaken, specific policies regarding access to collections have been developed, and strategies for active archiving in the future have been determined. While a vast amount of archival work remains to be accomplished, since its establishment, the NYCB Archives has developed into a rich and comprehensive trove of dance treasures.
An overview of the NYCB Archive collections includes: Ballet Society Collection, New York City Ballet Collection, School of American Ballet Collection, George Balanchine Trust Collection, and Tanaquil Le Clercq Personal Archive.
Requests for assistance or permission for access to the New York City Ballet Archives must be directed to:
Ms. Erin B. Hestvik
Manager, NYCB Archive
New York City Ballet
She can also advise you on reproduction policies and limitations as well as any fees that may apply to your request.