American Ballet Theatre Materials at SF PALM
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The American Ballet Theatre Collection was assembled from materials donated by a variety of individuals and thus constitutes an artificial collection focusing upon ABT's activities in the Bay Area. Official archives for the American Ballet Theatre are located at the Dance Collection, New York Public Library Center for the Performing Arts. Series within this collection do not necessarily reflect the file structure used by the ABT administration but instead are based upon functional divisions observed within the donated materials.
This collection encompasses both textual and visual documentation, including biographical files, brochures, clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, souvenir books, and publicity, with particular reference to San Francisco performances. It provides an exhaustive account of ABT tours throughout the Bay Area and also offers an overview of the history of the company. Most of the series cover the first fifty years of ABT's existence, from 1940-1990.
Biographical information on ABT dancers, choreographers, and managers can be obtained from the biographical files, which include photos and company biographies, and from newsclippings and souvenir books. ABT tours of the Bay Area are chronicled in programs, newsclippings, and press materials. Information on the growth of the company and on various ballets within its repertoire can be found in press kits, newsclippings, and souvenir books. The administration of ABT is not well-documented by these records, although they contain a few miscellaneous reports and publications produced by ABT's support organization, the Ballet Theatre Foundation.
This collection is complemented by other collections and research materials resident at SF PALM. Additional biographical information is available in the library's biographical files. Visual documentation on the company is also available in pictorial works, posters, and a videotape. Interviews conducted by John Farley with various ABT dancers are available in the Farley Collection. For a complete list of these materials, see the "Related Materials" section.