New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Exterior of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (with Alexander Calder's sculpture "Le Guichet")
Interior of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The Bruno Walter Auditorium (capacity: 212)
Backstory and Context
The Billy Rose Theatre Division - This division contains an enormous collection of personal papers and organizational records, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, programs, reviews and scripts. It also provide access to an array of traditional published books and journals, as well as a circulating collection of theatre books, scripts, videos and music. Particularly noteworthy is the division's efforts to document live theatre through the Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) Archive. Since 1970, TOFT has been photographing theatrical productions with the approval of Actor’s Equity; there are over 5000 tapes in the archive, including the original production of the classic musical A Chorus Line. “Last year we had researchers from 35 countries and 47 states, with quite a few artists from regional theatres throughout the United States,” says TOFT archive Director Patrick Hoffman.
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division - Chronicling the art of dance in all its forms - ballet, ethnic, modern, social and folk - the division is part museum, part film production center and part consulting service to the world of professional dance. The Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image, the film and videotape archive of the division, began when the library first opened in 1965, with six cans of film donated by choreographer Jerome Robbins. The archive has grown to over 25,000 film and video titles.
The Music Division - Documenting the diverse art of music - classical, popular and world music alike - the division's curatorial mandate places major emphasis on capturing the creative output of contemporary composers. This division also contains the American Music Collection, which includes documents like the first edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," native American songs, and manuscript collections of American composers like Henry Cowell, John Cage and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound - The archives' holdings cover virtually every type of recorded sound, from orchestral works and pop recordings to speeches, radio programs and TV shows. It is both a research facility for performers, musicians, scholars and critics, and a leader in recording preservation efforts, as it is continually developing technology to transfer sound from obsolete to accessible formats.
Recently, a journalist, reporting on the 50th anniversary of the library’s opening, was shown manuscripts written by Mozart and Beethoven, the score of a musical written by the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald when he was at Princeton, a first edition of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess and the original handwritten liner notes by jazz pianist Bill Evans for the classic Miles Davis album Kind of Blue. She was also shown wax cylinder recordings of the Metropolitan Opera from the early 20th Century; costume sketches for ballerina Natalya Goncharova for Igor Stravinsky’s composition, Les Noces, choreographed by Nijinsky; and models for stage sets for the musical Cabaret, including a miniature model of actor Joel Grey.
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