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Pinska (Klarna) Papers, 1919-1986

- Series Descriptions/Container List

Series Descriptions/Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1945 - 1986, undated


1 box
The correspondence is mainly professional and dates from the late 1960s to 1970s. Pinska's professional engagements with universities and dance groups are documented in the correspondence. The personal correspondence includes short notes to and from Pinska. Much of the correspondence from the years 1962 to 1966 deals with Ruth St. Denis.

Box 1 - Folder 1
American Dance Festival, 1980-1983, undated

Box 1 - Folder 2
A - C, 1960 - 1983

Box 1 - Folder 3
Mitchel Chetel, 1977 - 1987, undated

Box 1 - Folder 4
John Dougherty, 1964 - 1978, undated

Box 1 - Folder 5
D - F, 1960 - 1982

Box 1 - Folder 6
Eleanor Frampton, 1963 - 1968, undated

Box 1 - Folder 7
G - O, 1960 - 1982

Box 1 - Folder 8
Rosemary Glenn, 1964 - 1966

Box 1 - Folder 9
Joyce Trisler Dance Company, 1975 - 1976

Box 1 - Folder 10
Barton Mumaw, undated

Box 1 - Folder 11
New York Public Library of Performing Arts, 1976 - 1986
Letters from Genevieve Oswald.

Box 1 - Folder 12
P - R, 1946 - 1981

Box 1 - Folder 13
Harry Rubenstein, 1976 - 1979

Box 1 - Folder 14
S - W, 1945 - 1986

Box 1 - Folder 15
Ted Shawn, 1960 - 1970

Box 1 - Folder 16
Ruth St. Denis, 1962-1967, undated

Box 1 - Folder 17
Alfred Stury, 1964, undated

Box 1 - Folder 18
University of California Los Angeles, 1957 - 1982

Box 1 - Folder 19
Charles Weidman, 1964 - 1974, undated

Box 1 - Folder 20
Unidentified correspondence, 1960 - 1986, undated

Box 1 - Folder 21
Unidentified greeting cards, 1971 - 1982, undated

Series II: Biographical Papers and Journals, 1937 - 1985, undated


11 folders
The biographical papers contain materials covering Pinska's personal life and career as a dancer and dance instructor. There are many versions of her resume and personal statements written at various points in her life for grant and job applications. The journals contain personal notes and writings.

Box 1 - Folder 22
Clippings, 1937 - 1981

Box 1 - Folder 23
Grant Applications, 1981 - 1983, undated

Box 1 - Folder 24
Handwritten Notes, 1978 - 1985, undated


Journals, 1966 - 1982, undated

Box 2 - Folder 1
1966 April - May

Box 2 - Folder 2
1966 June - September

Box 2 - Folder 3
1979 - 1982

Box 2 - Folder 4
Undated

Box 2 - Folder 5
Legal documents, 1927 - 1982
Contains job contracts, will of Max Lipman and identification cards of Pinksa including union membership and US passport.

Box 2 - Folder 6
Personal statements, undated
Various brief biographical statements by Pinksa.

Box 2 - Folder 7
Programs, 1969 - 1981, undated
Programs of dance events featuring Pinksa as a performer or choreographer.

Box 2 - Folder 8
Resumes, undated

Series III: Teaching Materials, 1935 - 1981,, undated


10 folders
The teaching materials contain notes on posture from the 1930s to Pinska's teaching of dance and dance history at UCLA in the early 1980s. There is a notebook with choreographic notes on dances associated with Ruth St. Denis and the Denishawn School.

Box 2 - Folder 9
Early posture work, 1935
Contains notes, instructions and diagrams detailing Pinksa's early instructions in posture technique.

Box 2 - Folder 10
Youth guiding, 1965 - 1966, undated

Box 2 - Folder 11
Denishawn Dance, 1979
A notebook of choreography.


UCLA, 1980 - 1981

Box 2 - Folder 12
Class rosters, 1980 - 1981

Box 2 - Folder 13
Clippings and reviews, 1980 - 1981

Box 2 - Folder 14
Programs, 1980 - 1981

Box 3 - Folder 1 - 2
General teaching materials, undated
Includes images, and notes used to instruct dance class.

Box 3 - Folder 3
Notes on teaching posture class, undated

Box 3 - Folder 4
Yoga exercises, undated

Series IV: Subject Files, 1931 - 1987, undated


13 folders
The subject files concern professional relationships with Ruth St. Denis, WPA Theater Projects of the 1930s and Charles Weidman. The programs in this series are of dance events from the 1960s through 1980s.

Assorted programs
Contains programs to events and performances attended by Pinksa

Box 3 - Folder 5
1961 - 1979

Box 3 - Folder 6
1980 - 1985, undated

Box 3 - Folder 7
Denishawn souvenirs, 1931 - 1964, undated

Box 3 - Folder 8
Federal Theater Project, undated
Notes from a oral history project from George Mason University.


Ruth St. Denis, 1947 - 1969

Box 3 - Folder 9
Clippings, 1947 - 1969, undated

Box 3 - Folder 10
Promotional Materials, 1962 - 1966, undated

Box 3 - Folder 11
Contracts and agreements with Klarna Pinska, 1964 - 1966

Box 3 - Folder 12
Interview, 1964

Box 3 - Folder 13
Klarna and Miss Ruth Ballet, 1966

Box 3 - Folder 14
The Divine Dance, undated


Charles Weidman, 1969 - 1987

Box 3 - Folder 15
Promotional materials, 1969 - 1987, undated

Box 3 - Folder 16
Programs, 1969 - 1971, undated
Includes programs of Charles Weidman and his Theater Dance Company.

Box 3 - Folder 17
WPA, undated
Materials from Pinska work in the WPA Federal Theater

Series V: Photographs and Artwork, 1919 - 1982, undated


1 box
The photographs span Pinska's life. Early photographs of the Denishawn School feature Pinska and her peers as young students. There are also photographs of Ruth St. Denis taken from various engagements in the 1960s. Many of photos show Pinska in the role of instructor including photos of dance classes and performances in the 1970s.

Photographs1919 - 1982, undated

Klarna Pinska, 1919 - 1982, undated

Snapshots, 1919 - 1980

Box 4 - Folder 1
1919 - 1928

Box 4 - Folder 2
1936 - 1949

Box 4 - Folder 3
1962 - 1966

Box 4 - Folder 4
1970 - 1978

Box 4 - Folder 5
1979 - 1980

Box 4 - Folder 6
Headshots, 1928 - 1981, undated


Group Instruction and Performance, 1930 - 1982

Box 4 - Folder 7
Group instruction, 1930 - 1970
Photos of Pinska working with young girls.

Box 4 - Folder 8
Group instruction, undated

Box 4 - Folder 9
Youth Guidance Center, 1966

Box 4 - Folder 10
Group Performance, 1976

Box 4 - Folder 11
American Dance Festival, 1982

Box 4 - Folder 12
Children's Class Neighborhood Arts Center, undated

Box 4 - Folder 13
Outdoor Group Performance, undated


Ruth St. Denis

Box 4 - Folder 14
Lectures at college, 1964

Box 4 - Folder 15
Assorted Photographs, 1964, undated

Box 4 - Folder 16
Birthday Photographs, 1966, undated

Box 4 - Folder 17
Charles Weidman, undated


Artwork, undated

Box 4 - Folder 18
Artwork, undated
From a book on the Spanish Civil War.

Box 4 - Folder 19
Fabric samples, undated
Fabric samples attached to business cards.

Series VI: Music Scores, 1901 - 1934, undated


3 boxes
Contains manuscript scores, copies of scores, and printed scores. The earliest of the scores were possibly used at the Denishawn School, other scores may have been used by Pinska for instruction of dance at various points of her career. Includes some incomplete scores.

Box 5 - Folder 1
Johan Sebastian Bach, Bouree in B Minor, undated
Arranged by Berthold Tours.


Bela Bartok

Box 5 - Folder 2
A Gyermekeknek, undated
Published score with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 3
Allegro Barbaro, 1918
Published score with annotions.

Box 5 - Folder 4
Marion Bauer, Six Preludes for the Pianoforte, 1922
Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 5
Ludvig Van Beethoven, Sonate Pathetique, undated
Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 6
Irenee Berge, Suite Orientale for Pianoforte, 1918
Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 7
Arthur Bergh, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1914
Published score booklet.

Box 5 - Folder 8
Mario Castlenuovo - Tedesco, Corale Su Una Melodia Ebraica, 1927
Published score with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 9
Barbara Lee Chadwick, Arabian Music, undated
Ms. score.

Box 5 - Folder 10
Frederic Chopin, Preludes, 1915
Works for the pianoforte. Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 11
Bainbridge Crist, Egyptian Impressions, undated
Piano suite. Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 12
Claude Debussy, Courtege and La Plus Que Lente, 1906 - 1910
Published scores.

Box 5 - Folder 13
Del Valle De Paz, Works for Piano, undated
Published music booklet.

Box 5 - Folder 14
Leo Delibes, Passepied, undated
Published score with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 15
David Diamond, Duet, Counterpoint, Space for the Dance, 1926 - 1936
Incomplete ms. scores

Box 5 - Folder 16
Antonin Dvorak, Silhouettten Op. 8 , undated
Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 17
Duke Ellington, Blue Light , 1939
Published score with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 18
Lehman Engel, untitled, 1935
Score reproduction with annotations. Used in choreography by Charles Weidman.

Box 5 - Folder 19
Zdenko Fibich, My Moonlight Madonna Waltz, 1933
Published score with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 20
Arthur Foote, Five Poems for the Pianoforte, undated
Pubished score booklet with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 21
Rudolf Friml, La Danse de Damoiselles Op. 48, 1908
Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 22
E. Granados, Danzas Españolas, undated
Published score.

Box 5 - Folder 23
Louis Gregh, Nuits Algeriennes, 1904
Published score with annotations.

Box 5 - Folder 24
Charles T. Griffes, The White Peacock, 1917
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 1
Charles Haubíel, Danceof the Dorian Youths, 1935
Published score

Box 6 - Folder 2
Wells Hively, Egyptian Plastique, Rockwell Kent, Suite of Oriental Impressions, 1936, undated

Box 6 - Folder 3
Louis Horst, Babylonian Dance, undated
Ms. score.

Box 6 - Folder 4
Richard Kleinmichel, National - Album, undated
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 5
Anatole Liadow, Biroulki, undated
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 6
G. Lubomirksy, Dance Orientale, 1925
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 7
Th. Michaelis, The Turkish Reveille, 1902
Published score with annotations.

Box 6 - Folder 8
Moritz Moszkowski, Liebeswalzer, 1924
Published score with annotations.


Modest Moussorgsky

Box 6 - Folder 9
Joshua, 1910
Chorus for mixed voices. English version by Henry G. Chapman. Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 10
Song of Solomon, undated
Ms. score reproduction


W. A. Mozart

Box 6 - Folder 11
Eight Piano Trios, undated
Published score with annotations.

Box 6 - Folder 12
Serenade, undated
Published score with annotations

Box 6 - Folder 13
Walter Nieman, Altagyptischer Tempeltanz, 1922
Published score with annotations.

Box 6 - Folder 14
Riccardo Pick - Mangigalli, Mignardises, 1908
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 15
Serge Prokofieff, Marche Op. 12 No. 1, Conte Badinage, Marche and Fantome, 1907 - 1911
Published score with annotations

Box 6 - Folder 16
Maurice Ravel, The Fountain, 1913
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 17
Fabian Rahfeld, Spanish Dance, 1920
Published score with annotations.

Box 6 - Folder 18
Nikolas Rimksy - Korsakoff, A Song of India, 1921
Published score


Domenico Scarlatti

Box 6 - Folder 19
Capriccio, 1901
Arranged by Carl Tausig. Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 20
Pastorale, 1902
Arranged by Carl Tausig. Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 21
Paul Seelig, Lagoe - Lagoe, 1922
Published score with annotations.

Box 6 - Folder 22
R. S. Stoughton, In the Palace of the Rajah, 1918
Published score.

Box 6 - Folder 23
Richard Strauss, Tales from the Vienna Woods, 1930
Published score with choreography for group performance by Ted Shawn.


Lily Strickland

Box 6 - Folder 24
Dance Moods, Oriental Dances, Dance of India, undated
Ms. scores.

Box 6 - Folder 25
Indienne, 1927
Pubished score.


Peter Tschaikovsky

Box 6 - Folder 26
The Seasons, Op. 37A, undated
Published score with annotations.

Box 6 - Folder 27
June Op. 37 No. 6, undated
Published score.


Clifford Vaughn

Box 6 - Folder 28
Mexican Hat Dance, Summerdance, undated
Ms. scores.

Box 6 - Folder 29
Nautch Music, 1926
Ms. score.

Box 6 - Folder 30
Harry Von Tilzer, A Bird in a Guilded Cage¸ 1927
Published score. Words by Arthur J. Lamb.

Box 6 - Folder 31
Paul Wachs, Nadia, undated

Box 7 - Folder F.1 - 7
Unidentified and Incomplete Scores

Series VII: Oversized Materials, 1966 - 1980, undated


1 box
The oversized materials consist of journals and images saved from a scrapbook. There are two awards that Pinska received in the later years of her life from the mayor's of New York City and Los Angeles.

Journals, 1966 - 1980

Box 8 - Folder 1
1966 Apr.

Box 8 - Folder 2
1966 May

Box 8 - Folder 3
1968 Dec.

Box 8 - Folder 4
Scrapbook, undated
Contains clippings and images of dancers.

Box 8 - Folder 5
Awards and honors, 1976 - 1980


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