The following documents relating to the creation of the ballet, many of which are referenced in the MUSA edition, are available online from the Library of Congress. If the MUSA edition has a siglum for an item, it is given in bold type.
Daughter of Colchis script (BSt-1)
This was the first script that Graham sent to Copland (on 7 July 1942) for their collaboration. It is very different from the work that ultimately emerged.
House of Victory script (BSt-2)
In this script, sent on 16 May 1943, the outlines of the final ballet begin to take shape.
Letter, Graham to Copland, 16 May 1943
Letter, Graham to Copland, 29 May 1943
Approximate timings by Graham for sections of the ballet, sent c. 31 May 1943.
First “Name” script (BSt-4)
Graham’s ideas about the action of the ballet start to crystallize in this script, sent on 10 July 1943.
Letter, Graham to Copland, 10 July 1943
Letter, Graham to Copland, 22 July 1943
Letter, Graham to Copland, 19 August 1943
Second “Name” script (BSt-5)
The final script that Graham sent to Copland, on 5 September 1943, was the one that Copland worked from while composing the music.
Letter, Graham to Copland, 5 September 1943
First rough sketches (BPh-sk-1)
These sketches are fragmentary in nature and present embryonic versions of themes used in the final composition as well as music that was not used.
Later sketches (BPh-sk-2)
Although some details were to change during Copland’s compositional process, most of the final score is recognizable in these sketches.
Copy of piano score (BPh-mg-1)
The markings in this source, which was in the possession of the Graham Company for many years, preserve some details of Graham’s choreography; they also contain information indicating that this source was used during the filming of the Kroll film in 1957.
Letter, Graham to Copland, 19 June 1944
Letter, Graham to Copland, 5 August 1944
Program from the premiere of the ballet
“A Program Devoted to the Dance” begins on page 11.