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Series I: John Dougherty Professional Papers, 1925 - 1988 Table of Contents Series III: Oversized Materials, 1906 - 1967, undated

Dougherty (John) Collection, 1904-1988

- Series Descriptions/Container List
- Series II: Ruth St. Denis, 1904 - 1968

Series II: Ruth St. Denis, 1904 - 1968


3 boxes
The materials in this series relate directly to the professional and personal activities of Ruth St. Denis in last stage of her life from 1960 to 1967, when John Dougherty served as her personal secretary and literary adviser. The papers included in this series were created and collected as a result of this relationship.

Sub - series I: Correspondence, 1956 - 1966


1 box
The Ruth St. Denis correspondence covers her professional career from 1964-1966 and includes personal correspondence, correspondence detailing the operation of the Ruth St. Denis Center, the Center's president, Alfred Stury, and the letters relating to the production of St. Denis' final works. There are also letters to and from Ted Shawn. John Dougherty, writing on behalf of Ruth St. Denis, signs much of the correspondence.

Box 8 - Folder 14
A - B, 1966

Box 8 - Folder 15
Blue Madonna of St. Mark's Correspondence, 1966

Box 8 - Folder 16
C - D, 1964 - 1966

Box 8 - Folder 17
John Dougherty to Ruth St. Denis, 1956- 1965

Box 8 - Folder 18
Ruth St. Denis to John Dougherty, 1963 - 1966, undated

Box 8 - Folder 19
E - G, 1966

Box 8 - Folder 20
H - K, 1965 - 1966

Box 8 - Folder 21
To Howard Holtzman, 1966 Apr. - 1966 Aug.

Box 8 - Folder 22
To Lyle Loverich, 1965 July - 1966 Oct.

Box 8 - Folder 23
L - N, 1965 - 1966

Box 9 - Folder 1
To Edmund Penny, 1964 - 1965

Box 9 - Folder 2
O - S, 1964 -1966

Box 9 - Folder 3
Ted Shawn to Ruth St. Denis, 1965 - 1966

Box 9 - Folder 4
Ruth St. Denis to Ted Shawn, 1921 - 1966
Letters from 1921 - 1924 transcribed by Dougherty.

Box 9 - Folder 5
Ruth St. Denis to Alfred Stury, 1964, undated

Box 9 - Folder 6
John Dougherty to Alfred Stury, 1962 - 1966

Box 9 - Folder 7
Alfred Stury to assorted, 1964 - 1966, undated

Box 9 - Folder 8
John Dougherty to Walter Terry, 1965 - 1969

Box 9 - Folder 9
T - Y, 1965 - 1966

Box 9 - Folder 10
Unidentified, 1964 - 1966 undated

Sub - series II: Writings, 1904 - 1967


1 box
This sub-series consists of writings by Ruth St. Denis. It includes lectures, small articles, poetry and dance dramas. John Dougherty collected the dance dramas of Ruth St. Denis for publication. The writings span Ruth St. Denis' career from the 1904 to 1967.

Addresses, articles and lectures, 1933 - 1966, undated

Box 9 - Folder 11
List of Ruth St. Denis Articles, 1951 Nov.

Box 9 - Folder 12
A - B, undated
Art, Art Institute of Pasadena, The Arts Today, The Ashram, A Beggar for Beauty.

Box 9 - Folder 13
Balanced Government , 1966 Jan. - 1966 Apr.
Contains statements by Ruth St. Denis and press releases.

Box 9 - Folder 14
C, 1925 - 1959, undated
The Creative Artists of America - Speech in Chicago, The Creative Artists of America, The Artists of America, Creative Silence , Credo, Current Biography.


The Divine Dance, 1933

Box 9 - Folder 15
Printed book, 1933
Unpublished.

Box 9 - Folder 16
Drafts, undated
Typed drafts of Lesson II; Body, Lesson III; The Divine Dance, Lesson IV, Lesson V; The Group Dance, Lesson VI; The Dance in Traditional Worship, The Solo Dance, Lesson VII; Manifesting Christ,Lesson VIII; Dance of the Future.

Box 9 - Folder 17
D - E, undated
The Dance as Spiritual Expression, The Dance as Worship, Dialogue for a Temple, The Divine Poem, Explanation of the Symbology of the White Madonna.

Box 9 - Folder 18
F - L, 1944 - 1963, undated
France , Freedom, Future Unfoldments, Invisible War, Javanese Technique , Jesus the Artist , Leverage, Liberty.

Box 9 - Folder 19
Minute for Peace , 1966
Statement broadcast on radio from Mt. Tamalpais, San Fransisco.

Box 9 - Folder 20
M - N, 1940 - 1951, undated
Magazine; A New Magazine of the Dance, Mobilization , Monastic Order for Artists, Moses, The New Art.

Box 9 - Folder 21
O - P, 1924 - 1965, undated
O Artists, What Vision , On Photography, Our Approach to Art, Plan for the Colony, A Plea for Subsidy, Poetic and Allegorical Dance Themes.


Rhythmic Choir , 1965, undated

Box 9 - Folder 22
Writings, 1965, undated
Includes How to Organize a Rhythmic Choir, Rhythmic Choir as an Artform, Rhythmic Choir; Evaluations on Past, Present, Future, The Science of the Rhythmic Choir, Society for the Spirtual Arts and its Rhythmic Choir, Themes from the Twenty - Seventh Psalm for the Rhythmic Choir.

Box 9 - Folder 23
Notes, 1965, undated
Includes notes and choreographic instructions by Ruth St. Denis and dictations to John Dougherty.

Box 10 - Folder 1
R - S, 1944 - 1965, undated
Religious Movies, Responsive Call to Worship , Rhythms of the World , Rhythms on the Mound , The Silent Dance , The Study of the Divine Dance, Subject matter of lectures on Religion and the Arts.

Box 10 - Folder 2
Society for the Spiritual Arts, undated
Contains statements on the nature of the religious organization founded by Ruth St. Denis.

Box 10 - Folder 3
T - V, 1941 - 1944, undated
Talk, Chicago Performance , Talk Given at Jacob's Pillow, Theater of the Scriptures, The Vail of May a (Preface.)

Box 10 - Folder 4
Wisdom Comes Dancing , Vol. 1 No. 1, 1957 July
Discussion and Instruction on Religious Dance Choir. An interview with Ruth St. Denis from 1956 July.

Box 10 - Folder 5
Incomplete, 1940 - 1964


Dance Dramas and Ballets 1904 - 1967

Box 10 - Folder 6
List of Ruth St. Denis dance dramas, 1967 July

Box 10 - Folder 7
List of Ruth St. Denis ballets, 1904 - 1930

Box 10 - Folder 8
A - D, 1930 - 1965, undated
Angkor - Vat , Babylon, Ballet of Unity, Blue Madonna , The Buddha and the Courtesan, The Creative Dancer, The Door of Resistance, The Drama of Interpretation.

Box 10 - Folder 9
Dance dramas, undated
Collection of descriptions of Ruth St Denis dramatic works. Contains a preface by John Dougherty and introduction by Ruth St. Denis.

Box 10 - Folder 10
Dance scenes, 1964 June
Pageantry and a series of poetry, music and dance given in California hotels.

Box 10 - Folder 11
David , 1964 Aug.
A dance drama in one act and three scenes.

Box 10 - Folder 12
Egypta , undated

Box 10 - Folder 13
F - I, undated
Festival of Light, Isle of Death, Ishtar of the Seven Gates

Box 10 - Folder 14
L - R, 1932, undated
The Lamp , The Life of Ruth St. Denis , The Love Circles, The Love God, Ourieda, Outline of the Ballet of the People, Poem of Ecstasy, Performance at the Middle Atlantic Conference Y.W.C.A. New Jersey, Prophetess, Radha.

Box 10 - Folder 15
Preface to a Preface, 1966
Ruth St. Denis writing on the nature of her dramas and ballets.

Box 10 - Folder 16
S, 1920 Mar., undated
Sappho and Song of Deliverance, The Study of the Madonna.

Box 10 - Folder 17
The White Madonna, 1962 Sept. - 1962 Oct.
Includes performance notes and press releases.

Box 10 - Folder 18
Incomplete, 1940 - 1964, undated
Contains lists of music used for performances and notes by John Dougherty.


Journals, 1936, undated

Box 10 - Folder 19
Journal Book of Writings of Ruth St. Denis, undated.
Transcriptions of St. Denis journal by John Dougherty.

Box 10 - Folder 20
Journal Excerpts, 1936, June
Typed journal notes.


Poetry, 1932 - 1966

Box 10 - Folder 21
Harper book proposal, 1966
Contains poems by St. Denis for a proposed book of poetry.

Box 10 - Folder 22
Lotus Light, 1932
Published book of poems, inscribed by Ruth St. Denis. Folder also contains book, Brother Lawrence, inscribed by Ruth St. Denis to John Dougherty, 1924.

Box 10 - Folder 23
Lotus Light, 1932
Typed drafts of poems from Lotus Light.

Box 10 - Folder 24
Poetry books, undated
Small booklets from Ruth St. Denis' Poetic Biography.

Box 10 - Folder 25
Selected Poems of Ruth St. Denis, 1965 Aug.
Selection of poems with a note from John Dougherty to Alfred Stury.

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Sub - series III: Professional Papers, 1959-1968, undated


1 box
The professional papers sub-series includes notes, memos and dictations of Ruth St. Denis. The notes and dictations were typed and written by John Dougherty and pertain to all aspects of Ruth St. Denis life and career.

Dictations typed by John Dougherty, 1964 - 1966, undated

Box 11 - Folder 1
1963 Dec. - 1965 Aug.

Box 11 - Folder 2
1965 Sept. - 1965 Dec.

Box 11 - Folder 3
1966 Jan. - 1966 May

Box 11 - Folder 4
1966 June - 1966 Oct.


Notes by John Dougherty as secretary for Ruth St. Denis

Box 11 - Folder 5
1956 Mar. - 1962 Nov.

Box 11 - Folder 6
1963 Jan. - 1963 Dec.

Box 11 - Folder 7
1964 Jan. - 1964 May

Box 11 - Folder 8
1964 June - 1964 Dec.

Box 11 - Folder 9
1965 Jan. - 1965 Dec.

Box 11 - Folder 10
1966 Jan. - 1966 Mar.

Box 11 - Folder 11
1966 Apr. - 1966 Oct.

Box 11 - Folder 12
1967 - 1968, undated

BOX 11 - FOLDER 13
Undated

Box 11 - Folder 14
Notes typed by Ruth St. Denis, undated

Box 11 - Folder 15
Press Releases, 1963 - 1966, undated


Ruth St. Denis Center Records, 1949 - 1966, undated

Box 11 - Folder 16
1949 Jan. - 1965 Dec.

Box 11 - Folder 17
1966, undated

Box 11 - Folder 18
Ruth St. Denis chronology of events, 1962 - 1964
Compiled by John Dougherty.

Box 11 - Folder 19
Ruth St. Denis Funeral, 1968 July - 1968 Aug.
Includes correspondence to John Dougherty regarding the death of St. Denis and list of funeral attendees.


Series I: John Dougherty Professional Papers, 1925 - 1988 Table of Contents Series III: Oversized Materials, 1906 - 1967, undated