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American Ballet Theatre archives go the Library of Congress

American Ballet Theatre announced that it is donating its archives to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Consisting of more than 50,000 items, the archives span ABT's 75-year history and include documents, photographs, correspondence, recordings and more. In conjunction, the library will showcase an exhibit, "American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years" from August 14 to January 24. In case you don't have a trip to D.C. in your future, here's are some highlights.

 

A scene from Voices of Spring from Ballet Theatre's opening night of January 11, 1940 at the Center Theater in New York City.Photograph: Maurice Seymour

 

 

Morton Gould, Agnes de Mille and Alicia Alonso in Alonso's dressing room on the opening night of Fall River Legend in 1948.Photograph courtesy of American Ballet Theatre

 

 

A 1944 tour diary kept by dancer Muriel Bentley.Photograph courtesy of American Ballet Theatre.

 

 

Members of the Artistic Committee of Ballet Theatre in 1947: L-R: Jerome Robbins, Lucia Chase, Agnes de Mille, Oliver Smith and Aaron Copland. Photograph: Cecil Beaton

 

 

A 1964 program signed by ABT dancers.Photograph: Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre

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