Brooklyn Academy of Music opens its digital archives

Posted on: June 23, 2017

“More than 70,000 playbills, posters and ephemera from the history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music—from as far back as the Civil War era—are now available through the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive, which opened to the public on Tuesday,” writes Joshua Barone in Tuesday’s (6/20) New York Times. “The archive has been in development for several years, paid for by a $1 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation, the same organization that funded the New York Philharmonic’s digital collection…. Materials from the archive include press clippings and posters from the Brooklyn Academy’s opening days in the 1860s, when Mary Todd Lincoln was in attendance, as well as items from … performances by artists including the tenor Enrico Caruso, the choreographer Pina Bausch and the ‘Einstein on the Beach’ collaborators Philip Glass and Robert Wilson. Roughly 40,000 artists are represented in the archive…. Researchers—or anyone interested—can create personalized collections based on specific artists, companies or eras.”

Posted June 23, 2017