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Graham (Martha) Center of Dance Records, 1944-1955

- Series Descriptions/Container List

Series Descriptions/Container List

Series I: Administrative, 1944 - 1955 and undated


11 folders
This series contains historical information on the Martha Graham Center of Dance.

Sub - series 1: Correspondence, 1944 - 1955


3 folders
This subseries contains professional correspondence. Most of the letters are in exchange with Martha Graham's press representative Isadora Bennett (1900-1980) and deal with publicity matters and performance arrangements.

Box 1 - Folder 1
1944 - 1949
Includes two letter from Isadora Bennett, one to Martha Graham regarding publicity work and another addressed to Erick Hawkins pertaining to personal matters, 1949.

Box 1 - Folder 2
1950 - 1955

Box 1 - Folder 3
Undated

Sub - series 2: Performance, 1939 - 1950


4 folders
This subseries provides a rough timeline of the Martha Graham Dance Company in the 1940s. Additionally, this series contains a Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance program dated 1948-1949, indicating that the Company functioned not only in a touring but also in a teaching capacity. Please note that company members, not covered in this collection, are identified in the program.

Tour history, 1939 - 1950

Box 1 - Folder 4
ca. 1939 - 1950

Box 1 - Folder 5
Louisville Philharmonic Society, 1949

Box 1 - Folder 6
Undated
Includes press releases for performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and for dance lectures given at the Town Hall Morning Lecture Series.

Box 1 - Folder 7
Program, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, 1948 - 1949

Sub - series 3: Professional profiles, 1939 - 1949 and undated


4 folders
This subseries addresses Martha Graham's treatment of dance and the company identity, in terms of a few individuals: Erick Hawkins (dancer), Simon Sadoff (pianist and musical director) and Virgil Thompson (composer). Please note that the biographies in this section are not comprehensive in their coverage of the Martha Graham Dance Company or the individual.

Box 1 - Folder 8
Martha Graham Dance Company, undated
Includes a draft press release that describes the Company's unique fusion of dance with sculpture, painting and architecture

Box 1 - Folder 9
Martha Graham, ca. 1939 - 1949

Box 1 - Folder 10
Erick Hawkins and Simon Sadoff, undated

Box 1 - Folder 11
Virgil Thompson, undated

Series II: Finances, 1944 - 1948


2 folders
Arrangement: Chronological
The contents in this series do not adequately represent the company's financial profile. Some information pertaining to company worth, however, may be found in the financial statement dated spring 1944.

Box 1 - Folder 12
Financial Statement, 1944

Box 1 - Folder 13
Invoices, 1948

Series III: Personal, 1958


1 folder
Arrangement: Chronological
This series contains a facsimile of Martha Graham's sister's (Jane Beers Duffey) death certificate dated 1958.

Box 1 - Folder 14
Ephemera, 1958


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