Scope and arrangement
The Robert Kovich Papers span the years 1958-1990 and consist of correspondence, teaching notes, workshop material, grant applications, choreography notes and sketches, some photographs, and materials reflecting collaboration with other artists, such as John King and Rhys Chatham. The collection is important in its documentation of the development of several different dance programs and collaborative works in the 1980s. The collection is mostly professional material, with a limited amount of personal material, which includes correspondence, sketch pads and notebooks.
The Robert Kovich papers are arranged in six series:
- 1979 - 1990
This series consists of professional correspondence, with some personal correspondence from Merce Cunningham and other performing artists included.
- 1972 - 1990
This series consists of correspondence, production budgets, scripts, resumes and other planning materials related to works Kovich produced for projects and dance festivals; included are materials related to Kovich collaborations with musicians Rhys Chatham and John King. The majority of the material dates from the 1980s.
- 1980 - 1990
This series consists of material related to grant applications, correspondence and requests for funding Kovich’s dance productions. Included are Kovich’s descriptions of his goals and initiatives regarding productions and collaborations with other artists.
- 1984 - 1990
This series consists of materials related to Kovich Productions. Most of the material consists of scripts, scores and production notes for dances produced in the 1980s, along with a small group of office files related to these works.
- 1958 - 1990
This series consists of course schedules, notes, scripts, short stories and newspaper clippings (some in French and Dutch), including reviews of Kovich’s work. The bulk of the material dates from the 1980s.
- 1983 - 1989
This series consists of an assortment of Kovich’s notes and sketch pads. Included are notes dating from the mid-1980s regarding Kovich’s choreography and teaching projects, some of which are in French.