“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 mounted on 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 mounted on other companies. Photocopies of Betty Jones’s scrapbooks. Laura Glenn’s collection. Correspondence, programs, reviews and other materials concerning related artists.
  • Limón publications
    Journals, 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.