Scope and arrangement
The materials collected for the “Popular Balanchine” project include essays written on individual works and summary essays on the project (see “Overview of the Project) or collected titles in a particular medium (see “Hollywood Films”). Included also are correspondence, print materials such as playbills, souvenir programs, reviews, articles, book excerpts; graphic materials such as photographs, drawings, set designs, and costume sketches; and other materials such as music (both published and unpublished, some annotated), production notes, prompt books, scripts, and scenarios. Almost every title includes oral history interview transcripts and some include typescripts of published or archival materials, interview summaries, sources of original materials, and compilations of notices and reviews. Most of the materials are collected in binders while some dossiers include additional oversize materials. The first item in most binders is an inventory of the dossier’s contents. The bulk of the materials are reproductions (photocopies or digital scans) but the collection does include original artifacts such as playbills, souvenir programs, photographs, music, print excerpts, and some correspondence.
Original audiotapes and videotapes (both in digital and/or VHS formats) were included in the individual dossiers but these, and other audio/visual materials, have been removed from the dossiers and are available separately.
The Popular Balanchine dossiers are arranged in six series:
- 1927 - 1931
- 1929 - 1931
- 1936 - 1982
- 1938 - 1944
- 2000 - 2004
Inventory, two essays: "Popular Balanchine: How It Grew," by Nancy Reynolds and "Popular Balanchine: A Research Initiative," by Claude Conyers, background materials (digital image and photocopies from printed sources), project documents (typescripts prepared by Claude Conyers, 2000 - 2004 includes sample contract, sample work plans, and guidelines for interviewers), progress reports (transcripts prepared by Claude Conyers, 2000 - 2004), bulletins and notices to the research team (2000 - 2003), press coverage (photocopies of excerpts from printed sources, email transmission, and clippings), public events (programs, conference session proposals, press release, invitations, correspondence, memorandum, and typescripts of public addresses), and transcripts of oral history interviews and/or talks with Al Hirschfeld, Miles Kreuger, and Vera Zorina.
Also includes: photocopy of letter from Barbara Horgan to Claude Conyers.
The following items are available separately:
- Al Hirschfeld interview audiotape; Miles Kreuger interview audiotapes;
- Vera Zorina conversation audiotape; and Vera Zorina interview on CD.
- Additional materials are expected later.