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Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) records

 Collection 0339-SCPA

The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) is a non-profit educational organization, centered in Brooklyn, New York, with a global network of movement professionals. Founded in 1977 and formally established in 1978 by Irmgard Bartenieff and a small group of movement analysts, LIMS trains individuals in movement observation and analysis. Upon completion of a full course (four modules plus a final project), LIMS trainees are given the title Certified Movement Analyst (CMA). Graduates work in fields as diverse as health care, the performing arts, sports, education, diplomacy, leadership studies, and communications. The LIMS records cover the period 1977-1997 and consist of administrative records, governance papers and board minutes, correspondence, student records, books from the LIMS library, audio and video records, LIMS publications, and photographs documenting the activities of the organization. LIMS records from after 1997 are still held at LIMS headquarters in Brooklyn.


  • 1977-1997

Conditions Governing Access

Select files are restricted; otherwise the collection is open for research. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. A PDF inventory for this collection is available for download here Please contact the curator to request access to the items, to set up an appointment, or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


173.0 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The records transferred to SCPA cover the years 1977 through 1997. It includes records concerning organizational administration, documents generated by LIMS participants organized by surname, teaching materials, non-print media, publications, and papers from affiliated and related organizations. LIMS records from after 1997 are still held at LIMS headquarters in Brooklyn.


The collection is organized into seven series.

  1. Organization records
  2. Documents
  3. Instruction
  4. Student files
  5. Non-print media
  6. Publications
  7. Related organizations, affiliations


In 1997, LIMS moved records to a storage facility as part of a general move to a new office space. At that time, some arrangement of the materials was maintained, although the materials were mixed in several boxes, and many boxes were nearly empty, containing only one or two items. To the extent possible, original order has been maintained.

Related Materials

• Irmgard Bartenieff papers, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid forthcoming)

Irmgard Bartenieff: A personal journey through dance online exhibition, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries.

The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, official website.

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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States