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Maracci, Carmelita, 1911-1987. Papers, 1924-1988.

- Scope and Content Note

Scope and Content Note


The papers of Carmelita Maracci document her professional and, to a lesser extent, her personal life from 1924 until after her death in July, 1987. The collection consists of correspondence; writings by Maracci including journals, notebooks and drafts of sections of her unpublished autobiography; articles by and about Maracci; brief notes for some of her dances; press releases and promotional materials for performances; teaching notes for her "talking classes;" clippings (reviews, interviews, announcements, obituaries); and artwork by Maracci.

The personal voice of Carmelita Maracci is strongly heard - particularly in her hand-written journals, notebooks, correspondence and teaching notes. Among the wide-ranging subjects covered in these writings are her opinions on teachers, teaching and her teaching career; reminiscences of her performing career including the fateful performance in St. Paul, Minnesota and her choreographing of Circo de Espana for Ballet Theatre; Balanchine, Nijinsky, Isadora Duncan; "management and labor" in the dance field; politicians and government; social and political protest, including hers against the war in Viet Nam; and the future of dance as an art form.

Of particular significance in the correspondence are the letters from John Martin, dance critic of the New York Times, and from Agnes de Mille. Copies and drafts of letters from Maracci are located in the Outgoing Correspondence files and in the folders of individuals to whom the letters are written. Included in the clippings is a copy of an article by John Martin (6-27-37) that Maracci felt was important to her career, as well as reviews by Martin in 1946 and 1949.

The artwork by Maracci consists of two albums filled mainly with pen-and-ink or pencil drawings of dancers, friends and celebrities (such as Valentino), cats, flowers and vegetables, and sketches of her own hand and foot. There are also some larger drawings, many in color, and some collages which she used as Christmas cards.

See the Separation List for more information on items in the collection which have been separated from the papers: two versions of Maracci's unpublished autobiography, audiotapes, films, programs, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Throughout the Register and Folder List, CM refers to Carmelita Maracci.


Biographical History Table of Contents Organization