PNB is particularly interested in items that may fill gaps in the current collection. Please contact Archives for information.
Pacific Northwest Ballet Archives are not open to the general public, but individuals with special research interests are welcome to contact the Archives regarding the availability of materials and possible access to them. Some documents are restricted to internal Company use.
Sheila C. Dietrich
Phone: 206 441-9411, ext 4147
The process of archiving Pacific Northwest Ballet's historical materials began in the early 1990s and gained impetus in 1996, several years following the Company's move from the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford to the Phelps Center. Currently located on the second floor of the Phelps Center, PNB Archives represent an ongoing effort to record and preserve the Company's history.
The collection documents early attempts to bring ballet to Seattle in the 1960s (by sponsoring the Joffrey Ballet and by building local support for creating a resident company) and the development of Pacific Northwest Ballet from its incorporation as Pacific Northwest Dance in November 1972. Although primarily a company-based archive, the collection does include some material related to performances by touring companies in Seattle in the 1930s-1970s, and by local dance schools in the 1930s-1980s.