“Dance is a moment, and then is finished.”
José Limón

Portugal program cover 1975

The Limón Institute Archives are a one-of-a-kind collection, encompassing photographs, videos, printed materials, and music and Labanotation scores. The collection is open to the public by appointment only, and all materials must be used on-site. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts also has a large collection of Limón materials.


  • Programs, playbills and souvenir programs
    Company programs, 1946 – present. Includes programs of Limón works and reconstructions performed by other companies.
  • Newsclippings, handbills and flyers, posters
    Company handbills and flyers, 1952- present. Original newsclippings and photocopies, 1946-present. Newsclippings and flyers from Limón works performed by other companies. Photocopies of Betty Jones’s scrapbooks. Laura Glenn’s collection. Correspondence, programs, reviews and other materials concerning related artists.
  • Limón publications
    Journals (see below), brochures, and other Foundation publications. Company press releases, 1972- present, and press kits, 1975- present.
  • Educational materials
    Study guides and curriculum descriptions.
  • Photographs
    Photos and 35 mm slides divided by format and subject.
  • Music scores
    Music scores and parts for works in Limón repertory.
  • Set, costumes and lighting design
    Costumes and set information, including sketches, patterns, swatches, etc. and lighting plots.
  • Audio recordings
    Reel to reel audio tapes, audio cassettes and Compact Discs, including master audios and performance tapes.
  • Films and videotapes
    700 titles.

The Limón Journals, edited by Norton Owen, explore current interest in José’s work, including reconstructions, research, and publications.

Volume 1, Number 1, Summer 1993
The Unsung

The initial Limón Journal examines Limón’s all-male choreographic work The Unsung.  With contributions by Martha Hill, Daniel Lewis, Constance Valis Hill, and Deborah Jowitt. VIEW PDF>>

Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 1994
There Is a Time

Following the publication of Dance is a Moment: A Portrait of Jose Limon in Words and Pictures written by Barbara Pollock and Charles Humphrey Woodford, this Journal highlights some of the stories from the book, as well as memories from composer Norman Dello Joio and from original cast member Pauline Koner, plus an essay from George Beiswanger. VIEW PDF>>

Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 1997
The Dance Heroes of José Limón

Includes complete text and select images from The Dance Heroes of José Limón, an exhibition displayed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and later at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. VIEW PDF >>

Volume 3, Number 1, Fall 1998
The Creative Output of José Limón

Excerpts from publications on Limón: his autobiography, An Unfinished Memoir, and Reconstructing Limón, by Sarah Stackhouse. VIEW PDF>>


Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2001
The Moor’s Pavane

A celebration of Limón’s signature work, including: an analysis by Marcia Siegel; excerpts from a letter by Limón to the original cast members; an interview with Lucas Hoving; Pauline Koner’s memories of creating the dance; and a specially-compiled recollection from Betty Jones. VIEW PDF>>

Volume 5, Number 1, Winter 2003
Lost & Found Limón

Articles on restagings and reconstructions of Limón’s choreography by Ann Vachon (Mazurkas), Nina Watt (There is a Time), Carla Maxwell (Etude), and Jon Magnussen (The Winged). VIEW PDF>>