Content: The personal papers of Jerome Robbins (1923-2000 and undated) primarily document his life from 1931-1998 and consist of material on his careers as a dancer, producer, and choreographer in the fields of ballet, television, Broadway theater, and Hollywood films. Some of the types of items found within this collection are account ledgers, agendas, audit lists, awards, casting documents, choreographic notes, clippings, correspondence, costume information, cue sheets, general ledgers, income tax materials / payments, journals, lighting notes, notes, photographs, production materials, programs, research, scores, sketch / collage books, tour information, and writings. However, the vast majority of the collection is composed of correspondence, production materials and writings. The few items found within this collection that postdate his life are connected to the research material collected on his life. For example, clippings and photographs concerning the performances of Robbins’ ballets until the year 2000 are within this collection (see boxes 27 and 28).
Within the ballet notes, biographical materials and production materials series, writings can be found in which Robbins expressed both the professional circumstances and his private feelings for individual events. Of specific interest are his journals found in boxes 21-24.
From the items attributed to Sonia Robbins Cullinen, Cassandra Einstein, Jesse Gerstein, Frieda Robbins, Harry Robbins, Lena Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, and the numerous files within the Personalities series, varying perspectives of Jerome Robbins’ life and work will be ascertained.