Scope and arrangement
Most notable in the collection are the photographs. There is a great variety of personal and professional photographs ranging from her youth to her final years. The majority of photographs are well preserved and in excellent condition. General photographs contain an assortment of images of Liandre modeling for other artists, posing in costume, or demonstrating dance poses. Professional photographs capture Liandre performing, rehearsing and teaching; headshots and full body shots are also taken by various professional photographers. Personal photographs consist of images of Liandre and her husband. Also included are photographic negatives and slides, representing an assortment of personal and professional images.
Inspired by Dr. William G. Sutherland's osteopathic work in the cranial field, Liandre wrote "The White Bowl" ballet as her expression of Sutherland's concepts and principles; these writings, notes, correspondence and documentation can be found in the "Cranial Concept" subject file. Personal Documents consist of a rehearsal space contract, medical pamphlets, Liandre's birth and marriage certificates, and Edward Johnstone's naturalization to the United States.
The Lil Liandre papers hold correspondence with friends, family and students, in addition to correspondence with Kay Faick and letters of condolence to Liandre after Faick's death. Liandre's writings from creative writing classes, including essays, plays, short stories, poetry are in the collection. There also are three small notebooks: the first two contain verses written later in life by Liandre; the third is Liandre's "Trip Book," a diary she kept while traveling through Europe with Kay Faick in the summer of 1967. The collection contains drawings and sketches by other artists that were inspired by Liandre, as well as typescripts of reviews, unidentified transcribed interviews, stories and draft articles by Geraldine Saltzberg (annotated by Liandre).
This collection is arranged alphabetically by format; original folders and arrangement were kept when apparent.