Scope and arrangement
The Deborah Hay papers (1978-2010) feature biographical information, choreographic notations, clippings, newsletters, photographs, programs, and promotional materials that document Hay’s teaching and dance career. The collection is arranged by document type or production title.
The biographical information file includes an abstract of Hay’s work, several lists documenting performances and awards, a bibliography, and letters of recommendation from academic institutions that hosted her for long or short- term teaching residencies. There is also information about her book, Lamb at the Altar: The Story of a Dance (Duke University Press, 1994).
The clippings include reviews and articles about Hay’s work as well as articles by Hay. The teaching file includes promotional materials for workshops, lectures, and retreats. These two sections follow her career more generally. Similar materials can be found in the production files.
The productions files may include programs, photographs, clippings, newsletters, and promotional materials such as posters and fliers. The production files for the works The Man Who Grew Common in Wisdom and Lamb at the Altar contain choreographic notations.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Research Collection holds video recordings of performances choreographed by Hay as well as interviews with Hay. Additional materials can be found by performing a keyword search for “Hay, Deborah” in the library’s catalog.
The Deborah Hay papers are arranged by document type or production title. The collection is loosely arranged chronologically.