National Digital Collection
The “National Digital Collection of Archives of Architecture, Dance, Design and Theater” promises to be the most comprehensive online source for primary material in these fields. The picture that emerges from the archives assembled thus far is, however, incomplete. For this reason, the project aims to draw attention to the lacunae, to cultivate a culture of preservation of archival material by artists and creators in the various fields of the arts and to encourage their accessibility to the public. The corpus of archives on display is part of a larger digitization project and serves as the basis for future development and expansion.
The “National Digital Collection of Archives of Architecture, Dance, Design and Theater” project was the initiative of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, and is overseen by the National Library. Partners in the venture are Harvard University; The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, which led the activity in the field of architecture; Batsheva dance Company, which took upon itself the work in the field of dance; Younes and Suraya Nazarian Library and the Department of Theater at the University of Haifa, which coordinated activities in the field of theater; and Shenkar – the College of Engineering, Design and Art, which headed the activity in the field of design. Also collaborating with the project are the dance and theater archives at Beit Ariela, the Gur Archive for Theater and the Azrieli Archive for Architecture.