Company archives


Carl Van Vechten photograph of Paul Taylor in George Balanchine's 'Episodes'

The Paul Taylor Dance Company announced officially today that its archives are now available to the public. The collection includes Foundation records consisting of 95 cubic feet of archives backlog and over 60 cubic feet of personal papers and artifacts from Mr. Taylor’s former West Village home.

Finding aids to the collection and other information is available online at the PTDC site and also discoverable on ArchiveGrid. The preservation project was funded through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Congratulations to all!  I look forward to digging around more on the site once my login is authenticated.

Image credit: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, LOT 12735, no. 1085 [P&P]

Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College  (1948)

Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College (1948)

We generally do not include obituaries on Ephemeral Archives, but just wanted to observe that the news of the dance giant’s death followed too closely on the heels of last month’s announcement about the Cunningham Dance Foundation’s Legacy Plan.  Merce Cunningham was a pioneer and a visionary in just about everything, including his utilization and support of archives.  Too sad.

Image credit: NYPL Digital Gallery Image ID: 1619842