Scope and arrangement
The collection contains personal letters from Lincoln Kirstein to Donald Richie written between 1957 and 1964, as well as some undated letters. In these letters, Kirstein discusses his work with the New York City Ballet; his opinions about Donald Keene, a renowned expert on Japanese literature and culture; the work of George Balanchine, his co-founder of the School of American Ballet and a leading classical choreographer; and other subjects. The collection also includes one letter to Kirstein from an unknown correspondent (Hugh?), dated August 18, 1960. Many of Kirstein's letters to Richie include poems and articles, and one includes Kirstein's essay on photographer George Platt Lynes, printed in a 1960 gallery exhibition brochure.