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BOX 1-2, 5-6 Biographical Files, 1868-1977
Biographical files cover several aspects of Hoctor's personal life as well as her later career managing the Harriet Hoctor School of Ballet. Clippings and magazines document Hoctor's life in the public eye and include advertisements for products she endorsed such as E. Landi Theatrical Shoes. This series also contains material on her hometown, Hoosick Falls, New York, and clippings regarding her brother John and nephew Fred Hoctor. Prints, postcards, documents of family history, and notes are filed as personal papers and include a note from a young Hoctor asking her mother to please come get her and bring her home. Writings for and about Hoctor include several poems inspired by her and two published works on ballet inscribed or dedicated to her. It is unclear if works organized under drawings were done by Hoctor or collected by her. A scrapbook contains clippings and related ephemera from her early years on stage. A folder of programs consists of ephemera from productions Hoctor likely attended, but do not feature her or her choreography. Material on the Harriet Hoctor School of Ballet includes programs from school recitals, correspondence from former students, and ephemera related to their continuing careers in dance.
Biographical files are arranged alphabetically by type or subject.
Clippings
BOX-FOLDER 1/1, 5/1 1924-1929
BOX-FOLDER 1/2, 5/2 1930-1939
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 1940-1945
BOX-FOLDER 1/4, 6/1 1952-1967, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Death, 1977
Condolence card and obituaries
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Drawings, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Hoctor, Fred and John, 1935-1939 and undated
Clippings
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Harriet Hoctor School of Ballet, 1943-1957, 1966-1977
Clippings, programs, and rates listing
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Harriet Hoctor School of Ballet: former students, 1953-1976
Clipping, correspondence, and programs
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 Hoosick Falls, New York, 1926, 1957, 1967, and 1976
Clippings and pamphlet
Magazines
BOX-FOLDER 6/2 1925-1929
BOX-FOLDER 6/3 1933
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 1936
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 1937
BOX-FOLDER 2/1 1965
BOX-FOLDER 2/2 Personal papers, 1868, 1896, 1915-1931, and undated
Clippings, ephemera, family papers, notes, and prints
BOX-FOLDER 6/4 Print of Anna Pavlova, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/3 Programs, 1936, 1956, 1969, and 1977
BOX 5 Scrapbook, 1923-1927
BOX-FOLDER 2/4 Writings for and about Harriet Hoctor, 1928-1936 and undated
BOX 2 Correspondence, 1928-1977
Correspondence consists of letters, notes, postcards, and telegrams sent to Hoctor during her lifetime. A folder on family members contains letters from several of her nieces including the collection's donor as well as Hoctor's brother, John. Notable correspondents include dance teacher Louis H. Chalif, journalist Frank Crowninshield, actress Mary Pickford, conductor Emil Newman, columnist Walter Winchell, and producers Daniel Frohman and Flo Ziegfeld. A small card signed by Ted Shawn and letters from admirers are among the miscellaneous correspondents. Correspondence of unknown authorship is discoverable in the folder marked unidentified. Letters and telegrams related to specific productions are found in the Production Files series.
Correspondence is organized alphabetically by author or type.
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 Bliss, John Gibson, 1931 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 Caton, Edward, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/7 Chalif, Louis H. (Louis Harvy), 1933
BOX-FOLDER 2/8 Christmas cards, 1976 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/9 Corcoran, Ed, 1976 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/10 Crowninshield, Frank, 1932
BOX-FOLDER 2/11 Family members, 1931-1933, 1958, 1974-1977, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/12 Frohman, Daniel 1933
BOX-FOLDER 2/13 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1931-1933, 1958, 1974-1977, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/14 Newman, Emil and Robert, 1934
BOX-FOLDER 2/15 Nilsen, Gloria, 1974 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/16 Pickford, Mary, 1934
BOX-FOLDER 2/17 Vasel, Mary, 1974-1977
BOX-FOLDER 2/18 Winchell, Walter, 1934, 1937, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/19 Ziegfeld, Flor, 1928, 1930, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/20 Unidentified, 1923, 1934, 1974-1976, and undated
BOX 3, 6 Photographs, circa 1910-1972
This series primarily contains photographs of Hoctor including images of her youth, early dance training with Louis H. Chalif, formal studio portraits, and publicity shots. Photographs of paintings depicting her are filed under artwork, as are images of the dancer with her own bronze bust and the sculptor Jacob Epstein. Several photographs feature Hoctor's extended family including her grandmother, siblings, and nieces and nephew. Most of the family members are unidentified. Depictions of the Hoctor School of Ballet capture rehearsals and recital performance. Portraits of notable individuals inscribed to Hoctor or otherwise collected by her include Edwin Booth, Jimmy Durante, Ruth Etting, Alicia Markova, and Marilyn Miller. Images related to identified productions are found under Production Files.
Photographs are organized by subject.
Harriet Hoctor
BOX-FOLDER 3/1 Apartment, undated
BOX-FOLDER 3/2 Artworks, circa 1935
BOX-FOLDER 3/3, 6/5 Childhood and youth, circa 1910-1919
BOX-FOLDER 3/4, 6/6 Dancing, circa 1925-circa 1935
BOX-FOLDER 3/5 Dancing (negatives), circa 1925-circa 1935
BOX-FOLDER 3/6, 6/7 Portraits, circa 1925-1937
BOX-FOLDER 3/7 Harriet Hoctor, with others, 1937 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 3/8-9 Hoctor family members, 1919-1972 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 3/10 Hoctor School of Ballet, performances and students, 1972 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 3/11, 6/8 Portraits of others, 1922-1948 and undated
BOX 4, 6-8  MAPCASE 6 Production Files, 1922-1965
Production files contain documents and ephemera related to Hoctor's career on stage and screen. Material types include broadsides, clippings, choreographic notes, contracts, correspondence, costume sketches, photographs, posters, programs, and typed scenarios. Several files include telegrams or correspondence consisting of congratulatory messages to Hoctor from famous friends including Milton Berle, Russel Crouse, Rudolf Friml, Arnold Genthe, and Billy Rose. Miscellaneous productions includes an early performance contract signed by Hoctor's aunt, Anna Kearney, as Hoctor was a minor at the time.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by production title.
BOX-FOLDER 4/1, 6/9 A la Carte, 1927
Clippings, contract, and photographs
BOX-FOLDER 4/2 Blue Danube (choreographic work), circa 1932
Choreographic notes
BOX-FOLDER 4/3, 6/10 Bow Bells, 1931-1932
Clippings, correspondence, and photograph
BOX-FOLDER 8/1 Casa Manaña Revue, 1937
Clippings
BOX-FOLDER 6/11 A Connecticut Yankee, 1936
Clippings
BOX-FOLDER 4/4 The Dollies' Follies, 1945
Program
BOX-FOLDER 6/12 Earl Carroll's Vanities, 1932
Clippings and telegrams
BOX-FOLDER 4/5, 6/13 Great Ziegfeld (motion picture), 1936
Clippings, photographs, and program
BOX-FOLDER 4/6, 6/7 Harriet Hoctor Ballet Revue, 1934
Clippings, ephemera, letter, and poster
BOX-FOLDER 4/7, 7/1 Hold Your Horses, 1933-1934
Clippings, photographs, and telegrams
MAPCASE-DRAWER 6/7 Manchester Hippodrome performances, 1932
Broadsides
BOX-FOLDER 4/8 Miscellaneous productions, 1922-1932, 1947, and undated
Contract, postcards, programs, and typed scenario
BOX-FOLDER 4/9 The Nightingale and the Rose, 1934
Telegram and typed scenario
BOX-FOLDER 4/10 The Nutcracker (choreographic work), 1965
Program
BOX-FOLDER 4/11 The Raven (choreographic work), 1928 and undated
Photographs and program
BOX-FOLDER 4/12 Shall We Dance (motion picture), 1937
Clipping and photographs
BOX-FOLDER 4/13 Show Girl, 1929
Clippings and telegrams
BOX-FOLDER 4/14, 8/2 Simple Simon, 1930-1931
Clippings, choreographic notes for "The Hurdle" ballet, photographs, program, and telegrams
BOX-FOLDER 4/15, 8/3 The Three Musketeers, 1928-1929
Clippings, contract, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs
BOX-FOLDER 4/16, 7/2 Topsy and Eva, 1923-1925
Clippings, contract, ephemera, and photographs
BOX-FOLDER 4/17, 8/4 Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, 1935-1936
Clippings, ephemera, photographs, and telegrams
BOX-FOLDER 7/3 Unidentified productions, undated
Costume sketches
BOX 7 Music, 1900-1949
The twelve pieces in this series were likely used by Hoctor either in the creation of her own work or in classes at her School of Ballet. Though there is little information directly connecting the music to Hoctor's career, most of the works are marked or annotated.
Music is arranged alphabetically by composer.
Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel
BOX-FOLDER 7/4 Petite Suite de Concert, 1911
Printed piano-conductor score with annotations
Dinicu, Grigoraş
BOX-FOLDER 7/5 Hora Staccato, 1930
Arranged by Jascha Heifetz
Printed piano-conductor score with annotations
Heller, Stephen
BOX-FOLDER 7/6 Tarentelle, op. 85, no. 2, undated
Printed score for piano with annotations
Khachaturian, Aram
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