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The 50th Anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering and Experiments in Art and Technology, Incorporated (E.A.T.)

In celebration of its anniversary, a current case exhibit on the third floor of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts highlights materials related to 9 Evenings.Read More ›

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime"

A look at the White Studio photograph from the 1932 edition of the revue Americana. Read More ›

Your October Playlist : 8 Recommendations

In the weeks leading up to Halloween we watch scary movies and we read scary stories but are we listening to enough scary music? No, probably not! Here are some suggestions to get you in the spooky spirit.Read More ›

Searching for Theory in the Performing Arts Archives

What is repeated is important. I had always been taught that phrase in relationship to literary analysis, but in researching Hallie Flanagan Davis it seems the most apt advice for archival recovery of theory as well.Read More ›

J. Rosamond Johnson and "Lift Every Voice"

The National Museum of African American History & Culture opens on September 24, 2016. The Smithsonian has decided to name the celebration “Lift Every Voice,” borrowing the phrase from the song known as America’s Black National Anthem.Read More ›

Music for Eating: Discographies Meet Recipes in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

New Release catalogs are useful today for researchers looking to determine the year a particular recording was released, and for the range of musical genres covered by a certain record label. While going through a section of EMI catalogs and brochures, we came across an interesting promotion for a geographically-themed LP series. Read More ›

Pearl Primus in "Strange Fruit"

The Library for the Performing Arts’s exhibition on political cabaret focuses on the three series associated with Isaiah Sheffer, whose Papers are in the Billy Rose Theatre Division.Read More ›

Music For Moderns at Town Hall, 1957

Anahid Ajemian and George Avakian put on an ambitious and eclectic concert series that blended the music and musicians of different worlds.Read More ›

The Florence Foster Jenkins Scrapbook

With the release of the latest film starring Meryl Streep, many people are discovering Florence Foster Jenkins. Long known to many of those involved with music, Jenkins is generally viewed as a society lady who was unable to realize the defective quality of her attempts at singing. Although her biography as outlined in the film is generally correct, I feel there is more to see in this woman than just a deluded society lady.Read More ›

#CamerasAndDancers Visits the Library for the Performing Arts

With the social media initiative #CamerasAndDancers, Jacob Jonas seeks to encourage collaboration and exploration through the mediums of dance and photography, to help shine a new light on the world of dance.Read More ›

Olive Wong and a Guide to the NYPL Costume Collections

Professional television, film, and theatrical costume designer Aileen Abercrombie designed, wrote, and edited an e-book guide to the library’s costume collections inspired by Olive’s work. The guide is freely downloadable in PDF form.Read More ›

George Avakian and Louis Armstrong

The working and personal friendship of George Avakian and Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

Ep. 38 "It's Not Just For Kids" | Library Stories

For hip hop dancer Maria Fraguas Jover, researching at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a transformative experience.Read More ›

Boris Anisfeld Costume Designs

The Dance Division has over forty-five original costume designs by artist and designer Boris Anisfeld. We are thrilled to now include them in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Photography Permitted: Opening Up the Dance Oral History Project Transcripts

We deposit into our archives a transcript of every interview conducted as part of the Oral History Project. These are nearly all available for use on-site at the library.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. Read More ›

Are You Spoken For? An Ad Campaign and A Cultural Stereotype

The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library for the Performing Arts has an extensive collection that documents the development of television, including many examples of pitches made by networks to specific companies, like AT&T or Coty Cosmetics, outlining how each network’s programming would be a match for the company’s ideal consumer. Read More ›

Anahid Ajemian: In Memoriam

The violinist Anahid Ajemian, who dedicated her artistic life to performing and fostering new music, died on June 13, 2016. Read More ›

The Other Secret Garden

The success of the Library's Anti-Prom, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden.Read More ›

Keeping #TonysSoDiverse Beyond the 2015-2016 Season

It is too soon to tell if the next Broadway season will boast the same number of projects that star Asian-Americans, Latinos, African-Americans, deaf and disabled artists that it did this year, but it looks promising. Here’s a look at upcoming projects that are scheduled to open soon.Read More ›
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