Scope and arrangement
The Barbara Dilley collection (1958-2002) is arranged chronologically, with file titles being geographic location, subject, title of work, time period, or dance company. Files can contain correspondence, photographs, reviews, programs, flyers and posters, postcards, art/dance publications, rehearsal notes, and clippings and relate to Dilley’s career as a dancer and choreographer.
Photographs are of Barbara Dilley and her classes, rehearsal and production stills, and casual portraits. The bulk of the correspondence is professional. Reviews and clippings document Dilley’s own career as well as the careers of her teachers and fellow dancers. There are flyers and posters for auditions and performances as well as rehearsal notes. Programs are of productions performed, choreographed or created by Dilley or other dancers. These materials can be found throughout the collection. There are also two full issues of the arts magazine Avalanche.
Dance groups and artists represented include Judson Dance Theater, Danspace Project, Merce Cunningham, Batya Zamir, Trisha Brown, Phill Niblock, Carolyn Brown, and Steven Paxton.
The Barbara Dilley collection is currently arranged chronologically. Folders may contain a large range of dates. Folder titles include geographic location, subject, time period, and dance company. Folder titles are Dilley’s own. Original order was maintained.