Jerome Robbins Dance Division



The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts



New York Public Library The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts provides information and multimedia documents about dance—old and new—to the dance community and the general public. On average, over 12,000 people a year study oral histories, manuscripts, photographs, original designs, engravings, books, programs, reviews, and other materials in the world's most comprehensive dance library. The Division actively documents dance works, using experienced professional videographers, and initiates oral history interviews with artists. Its study collection ranges from anthropologist Claire Holt's photographs of Javanese ritual to the letters and choreographic notes of modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey. Recent additions include the Rudolf Nureyev Collection, the Jerome Robbins Collection, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. In the fall of 2001, the Library for the Performing Arts returned to a newly renovated building in Lincoln Center. www.nypl.org


Learn more in Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library, an essay by Imogen Sara Smith.