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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1045

Lincoln Kirstein correspondence


Letters from Lincoln Kirstein to his family and correspondence with his friends.


  • Creation: 1905-1995

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (4 boxes)

Letters from Lincoln Kirstein to his parents, Louis Edward Kirstein and Rose Stein Kirstein, and his elder sister Mina Kirstein Curtiss, written during his school and college years, and during his service in the Army in World War II. Also includes correspondence with his wife, Fidelma Cadmus, and letters from his friends and associates, including artists Paul Cadmus, Margaret and Jared French, Pavel Tchelitchew, Edward James, and choreographers Paul Taylor and Peter Martins.

The collection also includes letters from his sister Mina Kirstein Curtiss to her parents, and letters from architect Philip Johnson to Kirstein's friend, Frederic Maddox; a selection of diary entries from 1921 by Lincoln Kirstein, and a snapshot of the construction of the Filene's department store in Boston.

Biographical / Historical

Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996) was an American ballet director, writer, dance historian, and a co-founder and co-director of the New York City Ballet.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of correspondent, diary at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2014MT-3. Purchased with Howard D. Rothschild Bequest; received: 2014 August 20.

Related Materials

For the majority of Kirstein papers see Lincoln Kirstein Papers at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Lincoln Kirstein correspondence, 1905-1995: Guide.
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