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Preface by Lincoln Kirstein

Chronology: Life and Works
Roles Performed By Balanchine

Chronological Title List
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Festivals Directed By Balanchine

Itineraries Undertaken by
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Compiled by Monica Moseley

Museum of the City of New York
Theater Collection
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

The museum's Theater Collection is a major center for documentation of Broadway plays and musicals and international artists such as Tilly Losch. The items that relate to Balanchine's work have been copied and collected in the Popular Balanchine dossiers. See notes on the Popular Balanchine Project at the end of this guide.

Music Center Archives
Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County
135 No. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The collection of photographer Otto Rothschild, from the 1930s to the late 1970s, has approximately 60 images of Balanchine and/or New York City Ballet at the Greek Theater or Hollywood Bowl. The Edwin Lester Collection contains material about Song of Norway.

National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place
Parkes ACT 2600, Australia
Mailing address:
GPO Box 1150
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Costumes designed by Giorgio de Chirico for Le Bal and by Henri Matisse for Le Chant du Rossignol, performed by the Diaghilev Ballets Russes with choreography by Balanchine.

National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Photographs of Balanchine's choreography performed in Australia by various companies, performance programs, and published criticism. A finding aid to research materials on New York City Ballet's Australian tours is online via the Library's Australia Dancing

National Library of Scotland
Manuscripts Division
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EW, United Kingdom

The library serves as the official archive of the Edinburgh Festival and has programs, photographs, and press of New York City Ballet's festival performances in 1952 and 2000 as well as Balanchine repertory presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

National Museum of Dance
South Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Information about New York City Ballet's seasons at its summer home at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and additional materials contributed by collectors.

National Resource Centre for Dance
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH, United Kingdom

General collections in dance internationally. Archival collections include the papers of dance writers Fernau Hall and Ann Nugent.

New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

New York City Ballet, founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, continues to perform Balanchine's ballets as a significant proportion of the repertory. Their Web site contains notes on individual ballets and is a useful source for exploring the Balanchine choreographic legacy.

New York City Ballet Archives
2861 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10025

The collected papers, photographs, and other artifacts of New York City Ballet, including the Ballet Society Collection and the Tanaquil Le Clercq Collection. Research is by prior arrangement.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dance Division
and Theater Collection
and Circulating Collections
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498

In the Dance Division are 900 videotapes and films and 350 oral histories relating to Balanchine. Popular Balanchine dossiers on Balanchine's commercial theater and film work are available. Photographs of Balanchine's ballets by Fred Fehl, George Platt Lynes, Walter Owen, Martha Swope, and others; scenic and costume designs by Eugene Berman, Pavel Tchelitchew, Isamu Noguchi, and Barbara Karinska. Extensive files of performance programs, reviews, and articles. Archival collections that relate to Balanchine include Morton Baum/City Center, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Papers, Lincoln Kirstein Papers, Jerome Robbins Collection, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian Collection (the latter two will become available after cataloguing is completed). The Theater Collection has photographs and reviews of Balanchine's Broadway and Hollywood work, mostly reproduced in the Popular Balanchine dossiers in the Dance Division. Open to all researchers; no advance appointments needed. The Circulating Collections have books, recordings, and videotapes that can be borrowed with a library card.

Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Among the library's holdings is a large collection compiled by dance critic and filmmaker Ann Barzel. She filmed Balanchine works as early as the 1940s and, although the films are silent and incomplete, they provide views of his early style and performers. Other materials include programs and articles.

The Ohio State University Libraries
The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
1430 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210-1230


The Ohio State University Libraries
Music and Dance Library
166 Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

The Theatre Research Institute has stage and costume designs, programs, photographs, videotapes, and other archival Balanchine materials scattered in several individual collections which can be located by consultation with the Theatre Research staff. The Music and Dance Library has the principal book collection for dance and access to commercially available videotapes.

Patrimoine Historique de la Société des Bains de Mer
Historical Archive of the Monte-Carlo Casino
Casino de Monte-Carlo
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Documentation of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, and the current Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Paul Sacher Stiftung
Auf Burg
Münsterplatz 4
CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

The largest collection of scores and papers of Igor Stravinsky, Balanchine's most important collaborator as a composer.

Répertoire des Arts du Spectacle

An online guide to French institutions and sources.

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