Arts and Culture

Selected collections from 92Y Archives are described below. When available, a link to an online finding aid for the collection is provided.

Please email us for information about the many other collections in 92Y Archives and the audio and video recordings of past events. All archival resources may be consulted by appointment.

Art Center records, 1930-2004

The Art Center of 92nd Street Y was established in 1930 and provides instruction in art appreciation, fine arts, photography, ceramics, jewelry and metal-smithing to children and adults.

The Art Center records include administrative files related to courses, workshops and lecture programs, as well as information about the center's instructional divisions, 1930-2002, and faculty and staff files, 1955-2004.

Harkness Dance Center administrative records, 1952-2004 (bulk 1992-2004)

Established in 1935, the Harkness Dance Center of 92nd Street Y offers dance instruction for children and adults, hosts performance opportunities and subsidized rehearsal space for professional dancers and choreographers and provides dance teacher education through its Dance Education Laboratory.

The Harkness Dance Center administrative records include topical files created by the center director and other staff members, 1952-2004; records related to the Harkness Foundation for Dance and development activities, 1985-2004; information on classes, workshops, and conferences, 1957-2004; faculty files, 1980s-2003; administrative and curricular records from the Dance Education Laboratory, 1995-2004; information on the Bessies, the annual New York Dance and Performance Awards, 1995-2002; and files on the center's Space Grant program, which provides subsidized rehearsal space for professional dancers.

Harkness Dance Center events records, 1968-2004 (bulk 1987-2004) 

The Harkness Dance Center events record group includes programs, contracts, correspondence and other documentation related to recitals and performance series from 1967 to 2004, including the Breaking Ground lecture series, 1993-2004; Fridays at Noon, 1987-2004; Sundays at 3, 1989-2004; Harkness Dance Project, 1994-2003; and miscellaneous recitals and one-time events, 1968-2004.

School of Music administrative records, 1915-2004 (bulk 1924-1990)

Founded in 1917, the School of Music of 92nd Street Y provides music instruction and performance opportunities for children and adults.

The School of Music administrative records include committee files, 1930-1989; monthly and annual reports, 1927-1976; director correspondence and topical files, 1919-2001; employment information for faculty, 1941-2004; student evaluations, 1964-1990; and printed material, including newsletters and catalogues, 1915-1984.

School of Music events records, 1915-2004

The School of Music events records include documentation of concerts, recitals and other events presented by the School of Music from 1915 to 2001 including Jazz in July, 1985-1993; Jewish Opera at 92Y, 1978-1989; Kaufmann Concerts, 1932-1965; Lyrics and Lyricists, 1970-1991; and school-sponsored recitals and other events, 1915-2004.

School of the Arts records, 1930-2002

The School of the Arts of 92nd Street Y was formed in 1991 and brings together under one administrative umbrella four renowned arts education programs: the School of Music, established in 1917; the Art Center, founded in 1930; the Harkness Dance Center, instituted in 1935; and the Educational Outreach program, created in 1997, which collaborates with New York City public schools to provide innovative arts education programming. At the present time, the director of the School of the Arts is also responsible for mounting and coordinating exhibits in 92Y's Milton J. Weill Art Gallery.

The School of the Arts records consist primarily of exhibit files for the Milton J. Weill Art Gallery and its predecessors, 1930-2001, and a small number of files related to the administration and staff of the School, 1989-2002.