Scope and arrangement
The collection documents the various activities and operations of Richard S. Thomas and Barbara Fallis's New York School of Ballet and its performance troupe, U.S. Terpsichore.
The New York School of Ballet records consist of contracts, press clippings, and correspondence concerning bookings, studio rentals, and fundraising - including monetary gift requests from Thomas to prominent actors Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Redford, Herbert Ross, and Dustin Hoffman. Five notebooks document class schedules and attendees in 1979. Also of note are two flyers protesting the School's eviction and the gentrification of its Upper West Side neighborhood. Record creators are chiefly Thomas, Fallis, and the School Administrator Eleonore Triber.
The U.S. Terpsichore files document the bookings and performances of the dance troupe. These files contain publicity materials such as press releases, handouts and posters, ticket order forms, programs, press clippings, and correspondence with potential performance venues. The collection of programs are primarily from local events in New York City and the larger Northeastern region. There is a sign-up sheet of mailing list subscribers from the Marymount Manhattan Theatre here.
The tour materials from the 1976-1977 "Richard Thomas Theatre Ballet" season hold contractual agreements with Columbia, tour schedules, financial invoices and receipts for costumes and other expenses, pay stubs, venue information surveys, stage technician instructions, local venue contracts, and hotel reservations.
There is a clippings and press release file documenting Thomas's founding of the New York International Ballet Competition in 1984.
The collection is arranged alphabetically into three organizational record groups: New York International Ballet Competition, New York School of Ballet, and U.S. Terpsichore. Within these groups, files are arranged alphabetically by file title.