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"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 purpose 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 access to some materials for scholars, students, and other professionals in the field of dance.

While a vast amount of archival work remains to be accomplished, since its establishment, the NYCB Archives has developed into a rich trove of dance treasures.

All inquiries regarding the New York City Ballet Archives should be sent to archive@nycballet.com.