Scope and arrangement
The papers of Lincoln Edward Kirstein, b.1907, cover the period from c. 1914 to 1991, and pertain both to his career and to his private and family life. The bulk of the collection consists of originals and some copies (with some photos, negatives and clippings enclosed) of correspondence with dancers, artists, sculptors, musicians as well as with family and friends including war letters to his friends and letter re his testamentary wishes. The collection also contains typescripts of articles, poems, stories, libretti and scenarios; clippings of reviews; miscellaneous materials representing Kirstein's interests other than ballet: i.e. theatre, art, architecture, photography and Japanese cultural traditions. The headings added for clarity are in brackets ; Lincoln Kirstein's notes written on the original folders are in parenthesis (), also his are "cf"notes [confer, compare]. Many items are fragile and require special handling. Language: English, French, Spanish and Japanese
The collection has been left as arranged by Lincoln Kirstein with his headings established for the folders. Some rearrangements were made to follow the chronological order within the folders. Files are arranged alphabetically by person or subject, with many subjects kept under Kirstein, Lincoln [under respective headings]. A separate list of see under for major companies and some other titles is appended to the folder list. Some organizations and people have correspondence in two or more places. The items were left where they were found, and "see also" headings were added. With the larger alphabetical listing, items are mostly in chronological ascending order within the individual person's or organization's folders, with the exception of "no date" items.
The headings added for clarity are in brackets ; Lincoln Kirstein's notes written on the original folders are in parenthesis (), also his are "cf" notes [confer, compare].
The Lincoln Kirstein papers are arranged in twenty-four series: