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Lewis Lloyd papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 752

Scope and Contents

The papers of Lewis Lloyd include correspondence, writings, business records, photographs, artwork, audio tapes, video tapes, printed material, production programs, posters, books and ephemera. The papers document his work between 1962 and 1989 in a number of professional positions: as owner of the off-Broadway Pocket Theater; manager of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; general manager for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; program director for the New York State Council for the Arts; and as a consultant to television and radio stations, dance companies and art museums in the Northeast. Lloyd also was an avid collector of theatre and dance memorabilia. Along with his personal papers are books, production programs, posters, photographs and other materials documenting the history and productions of Alvin Ailey, Ballets Russes, the American Ballet Company, New York City Ballet, Twyla Tharp, as well as dancers and choreographers.


  • 1880 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1961 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 97 and 103 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 96 (reel-to-reel tape and 8mm film): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Lewis Lloyd Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lewis Lloyd, 1995-1996, 2012, and 2013.


Organized into five groupings: I. May 1995 acquisition, 1880-1984; II. October 1995 acquisition, 1977-1994; III. February 1996 acquisition, 1964; IV. August 2012 acquisition, 1964-1968; V. February 2013 acquisition, 2012-2013.


50.32 Linear Feet ((61 boxes) + 29 broadsides, 4 broadsides oversize, 11 art)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Lloyd was born in 1938, graduated with a B.A. from Yale University in 1960, and received a Master’s degree in public administration from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1974. In addition to owning and directing the Pocket Theater in New York from 1962 to 1974, he was a manager for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, general manager for the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 1968 to 1972, and was the program director for the Performing Arts, New York State Council for the Arts from 1972 to 1974. He also was manager of finance and administration for WGBH from 1975 to 1980, and was an independent consultant from 1980 to 1985, working with The Entertainment Channel in New York; BBI Productions, Channel 5 in Boston; the architectural firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. From 1989 to 1992 he was vice president of finance and administration at New England Conservatory in Boston. Lloyd also served on the boards of the Boston Ballet, the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, and Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified by a unique call number and titled according to month and year of acquisition.

Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.

Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

The abbreviations ABC (American Ballet Company), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) are used within the Collection Contents list.

Inventory numbers (# "number") assigned by Llewis Lloyd have been retained in the descriptions.

Before coming to the Beinecke Library, the papers were on deposit at the Harvard Theatre Collection.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Lewis Lloyd Papers
by Beinecke staff
June 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 2020: Added 2012 and 2013 additions.

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