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Biographical History: Barton Mumaw Table of Contents Container List

Shawn, Ted Letters to Barton Mumaw 1940-1971

- Scope and Content Note

Scope and Content Note


Photocopies of correspondence between Ted Shawn and Barton Mumaw, primarily during the years 1942-1945, when Mumaw was in military service.

The correspondence documents not only Shawn and Mumaw's relationship but the growth and development of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Jacob's Pillow School of the Dance. Other correspondents (in the folder marked Correspondence - Miscellaneous) include Barton Mumaw, Fern Helscher, Genevieve Oswald, Grace Boderek, and many others identified only by first names.

The collection also includes Mumaw's address book and Shawn's typed manuscript narrative based on these letters. The originals of both the letters and the manuscript are held by the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Archives.

Folders are arranged chronologically, with undated and miscellaneous correspondence following all dated letters, and the Shawn manuscript last.


Biographical History: Barton Mumaw Table of Contents Container List