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Duncan (Irma) Papers, 1905-1977

- Container List and Series Descriptions

Container List and Series Descriptions

I. Correspondence, 1905-1977


The weight of importance and quantity in this collection lies in the correspondence series, 1905-1977 (1326 items). It traces Irma's years from first joining Isadora Duncan as a young student in 1905, to her years as a mature artist with and after Isadora until her death in 1977. The early correspondence includes letters with her own mother as well as three letters (holographs) from Isadora to Irma, and another to her adopted daughters. There are extensive runs of letters later from, and in some cases to, the other adopted daughters after Isadora's death. These include Erika, Anna, Lisa, and Theresa. Other noteworthy professional correspondents are E. Gordon Craig, Paris Singer, Augustin Duncan, and Edward Steichen. A selected index of professional correspondence is included in the register, as all letters are arranged chronologically.

Folder 1
Irma and the Duncan school's letters to Irma's mother, ca. 1905-1909
5 Items

Folder 2
1918
1 Items

Folder 3
Letters between Isadora and Irma 1920 Sept.-Oct.(three holographs by Isadora, two holographs by Irma)
5 Items

Folder 4
Holograph letter by Isadora to her adopted daughters
1 Items

Folder 5
1921
5 Items

Folder 6
1922 letters between Isadora and Russian officials
3 Items

Folder 7
1923
3 Items

Folder 8
1924
2 Items

Folder 9
1925
1 Items

Folder 10
1926
2 Items

Folder 11
1927
2 Items

Folder 12-13
1928
17 Items

Folder 14
1929
14 Items

Folder 15
1930
5 Items

Folder 16
1931
4 Items

Folder 17
1932
5 Items

Folder 18
1935
1 Items

Folder 19
1937
1 Items

Folder 20
1938
3 Items

Folder 21
1939
4 Items

Folder 22
1940
4 Items

Folder 23
1943
1 Items

Folder 24
1944
4 Items

Folder 25
1945
5 Items

Folder 26
1946
7 Items

Folder 27
1947
4 Items

Folder 28-29
1948
18 Items

Folder 30-31
1949
17 Items

Folder 32-33
1950
9 Items

Folder 34
1951
6 Items

Folder 35-36
1952
23 Items

Folder 37-38
1953
18 Items

Folder 39-40
1954
13 Items

Folder 41-42
1955
19 Items

Folder 43-45
1956
34 Items

Folder 46-48
1957
31 Items

Folder 49-52
1958
47 Items

Folder 53-55
1959
34 Items

Folder 56-58
1960
31 Items

Folder 59-62
1961
48 Items

Folder 63-69
1962
53 Items

Folder 70-73
1963
31 Items

Folder 74-78
1964
58 Items

Folder 79-84
1965
85 Items

Folder 85-86
1965 Wesleyan University Press
47 Items

Folder 87
1965 Dance Perspectives Selma Jeanne Cohen
18 Items

Folder 88-95
1966
95 Items

Folder 96-97
1966 Wesleyan University Press
20 Items

Folder 98-104
1967
102 Items

Folder 105-109
1968
74 Items

Folder 110-111
1969
22 Items

Folder 112
1970
1 Items

Folder 112
1971
7 Items

Folder 112
1972
2 Items

Folder 113
1973
10 Items

Folder 114
1973 Mignon Garland & students
28 Items

Folder 115-116
1973 Francis Steegmuller
31 Items

Folder 117
1974 Howard L. Holtzman
12 Items

Folder 118
1975 Howard L. Holtzman
9 Items

Folder 119
1976
21 Items

Folder 120
1977
10 Items

Folder 121-124
Dance Collection-Genevieve Oswald 1969-1977, n.d.
50 Items

Folder 125-128
Dance Horizons-A.J. Pischl 1967-1977
63 Items

Folder 129
Anna Duncan, n.d.
6 Items

Folder 130
Lisa Duncan, n.d.
5 Items

Folder 131
Margherita Sargent Duncan, n.d.
2 Items

Folder 132
(Maria-) Theresa Duncan
26 Items

Folder 133-134
n.d. arranged alphabetically by last name
38 Items

Folder 135
n.d. unidentified
26 Items

II. Writings and Memorabilia


The writings and memorabilia series is divided into three sub-series: those of Irma (67 items), Isadora (9 items), and other authors (28 items). Of note in the first are Irma's diaries of 1921, the year she accompanied Isadora to Moscow, and her notebook "Guide Through the Duncan System of Dancing." Within Isadora's writings are two autobiographical holographs on her activities in 1904 and 1905, as well as her own sketch of the Moscow school uniforms. The last of the sub-series reflects the great impact Isadora had on many people who were then compelled to express it in articles and poems.

A. Irma Duncan

Folder 136a & b
Diaries, 1921
Note: recataloged to *MGYB Res. (Duncan) 88-710 and *MGYB Res. (Duncan) 88-711
2 Items

Folder 137
"Outline Sketch from the Map of the Heavens at the Birth of Irma Duncan"
1 Items

Folder 138
"Guide Through the Duncan System of Dancing" lessons and exercises
1 Items

Folder 139a
"How Isadora Duncan Revolutionized the Dress of women"
1 Items

Folder 139b
"Notes for Interview on Isadora Duncan"
1 Items

Folder 140
"Scenario for a film on Isadora Duncan's life"
1 Items

Folder 141
Speech by Irma Duncan at the Commemorative Ceremony in San Francisco, 1973 May 31
1 Items

Folder 142
"A Visit with Raymond"
1 Items

Folder 143
miscellaneous notes by Irma Duncan
14 Items

Folder 144
Irma Duncan vs. Mignon Halpern alias Julia "Levine"
1 Items

Folder 145
Testimonial letters for Irma Duncan, 1930
6 Items

Folder 146
Address notebook
1 Items

Folder 147
Irma's horoscope, 1934-1935
1 Items

Folder 148
Postcards of Hamburg-Ohlsdorf (cemetery where her mother is buried)
6 Items

Box Boxes 6&7
Appointment books, 1920-1968
30 Items

B. Isadora Duncan

Folder 149
"The highest summit reached by the dance..." (typescript)
1 Items

Folder 150
"It was in Berlin Grunewald that in 1905..." (holograph)
1 Items

Folder 151
"On Dec 1904 I opened..." (holograph)
1 Items

Folder 152
"Isadora's Programme"
1 Items

Folder 153
"Outline Story"
1 Items

Folder 154
Copy of Isadora's baptismal certificate
1 Items

Folder 155
Speeches by Russian officials at the Isadora Duncan memorial performance in Moscow on October 1, 1928 (in Russian)
1 Items

Folder 156
Russian pamphlet: "Opinions on the art and Work of Isadora Duncan" (in Russian)
1 Items

Folder 157
Sketch by Isadora of the Moscow school uniform
1 Items

C. Other Authors (identified when known)

Folder 159
"The Antique Greek Dance and Isadora Duncan Illustrated" by Vassos Kanellos
1 Items

Folder 160
"As always, the new style begins not with the great performers..."
1 Items

Folder 161
"The Bayreuth State Festival 1904" by Paul Busching
1 Items

Folder 162
"Dance as an Educational Tool" by Lori Belilove
1 Items

Folder 163
"Dancing Girls Revitalize Art" by Redfern Mason
1 Items

Folder 164
"Danse d'enfants Aux élèves de Miss Isadora Duncan" poem by Bugnet (?)
1 Items

Folder 165
"A Dream of Universal Peace" as outlined by "W.D."
2 Items

Folder 166
"For want of any visual means other than static photographs..."
1 Items

Folder 167
"From `Three Generations in the House Whanfried' " by Christian Ebersberger
1 Items

Folder 168
"In Athens the site of Isadora Duncan's first school exists in a state of ruin..."
5 Items

Folder 169
"Isadora" (poem)
1 Items

Folder 170-171
"Isadora Duncan" by Ilya Schneider
2 Items

Folder 172
"Isadora Duncan, The Dancer"
1 Items

Folder 173
"Isadora Duncan's Dancers Evicted as Art and Rules Clash"
1 Items

Folder 174
"Malmaison outline story"
1 Items

Folder 175
"The many friends and admirers of Isadora still remaining..."
1 Items

Folder 176
"Memories of Isadora Duncan" by E. Gordon Craig (typescript)
1 Items

Folder 177
"Miss Duncan is always being misunderstood..."
1 Items

Folder 178
"The Return of Isadora" by Alike Xenon
1 Items

Folder 179
"Sonnet XXI in `The Harp-Weaver' " by Edna St. Vincent Millay (typescript)
1 Items

Folder 180
"A tavern has been swept away, and from next year there will be dancing again in a school that Isadora Duncan built..."
1 Items

Folder 181
"To a Girl Dancing" poem by George Sterling
1 Items

Folder 182
Miscellaneous writings and notes by unidentified authors
14 Items

III. Miscellaneous (unknown authors, artists)

Folder 183
Ink and pencil drawings
3 Items

Folder 184
Excerpts from press reviews
1 Items

Folder 185
Miscellaneous
9 Items


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