The John Dougherty Collection consists of correspondence, writings, research notes, dance programs, and clippings from newspapers relating to John Dougherty, his personal experience and interested in the Denishawn School of dance, and his professional career working for Ruth St. Denis. The collection is unique because it contains a significant amount of material relating to the thought and dance of Ruth St. Denis. The collection's two series reflect the split between materials relating to Dougherty's own work, and Dougherty's output as Ruth St. Denis's secretary and literary adviser. The collection covers the years 1904-1980, with the majority of the materials dating from the 1960s detailing the final years of Ruth St. Denis life and career. Dougherty's close relationship with Ted Shawn and Charles Weidman are evident in his correspondence.