Scope and arrangement
The Lydia Joel papers span the years 1906-1993 and consist of correspondence, personal papers, teaching notes, grant applications, research material, scripts, student papers and tests. There are also clippings, photographs, programs and posters.
The collection is important in its documentation of the development of the Dance Department of the High School for the Performing Arts, but has no information about her tenure with Dance Magazine. There is however, limited information about her resignation from the magazine in December 1969.
The collection includes Joel's script for Catherine De Medici, Italian Queen of France, and the Beginnings of Ballet. This script was the first of what was to be a television series of "an awareness of dance as a reflection of history."
The Lydia Joel papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1942 - 1992
This series contains correspondence with Lydia Joel. There are several letters from major dance personalities including Merce Cunningham, Hanya Holm and Jacques D’Amboise.
- 1906 - 1993
This series contains material about Joel’s personal life including, material about her immediate family the Millers, and her birth family the Tarnower’s. Also included is her collection of stamps from foreign countries
- 1965 - 1993
This series contains material about Lydia Joel’s professional career from her time at the High School for the Performing Arts to her production work on the un-produced television series, Dance Diary.
- 1937 - 1992
This series contains a wide range of subjects including dance from other countries, dance companies, education, festivals, programs, newsletters and mailing lists. Also included is information about dance festivals, conferences, programs, societies and schools. Additionally this series contains information about dancers, choreographers, composers, artists and writers.
- 1969 - 1991
This series contains clippings of dance, dancers, interviews and material not related to dance.
This series contains photographs used during Lydia Joel’s career. Also included are photographs that she took. They were during a trip to Europe in the 1930’s. She was a proficient photographer.
- 1930 - 1986
This series contains photographs and posters. The photographs were taken while Joel was visiting Europe in the 1930’s. The posters are mainly of dance concerts from the High School of the Performing Arts.