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Julia Vincent Cross papers, 1854-1991

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BOX 1, 3 Career Papers, 1920s-1978
Materials include three notebooks recording activities in her career, performance programs, photographs, published articles, and miscellany. The bound choreography notebook describes 29 dances of her mentors and her own choreography. The booking correspondence is predominantly letters and contact lists related to Cross's inquiries about performance opportunities or artist representation. The acting notebook begins with two hand-written journal entries about an acting engagement; thereafter, most of the pages are typed scene studies or monologues, beauty and fashion advice whose source is unknown, and a set of poems written by Julia Cross.
Arranged by first by format and then by date.
BOX 1, 3 Notebooks, 1927-1955
BOX-FOLDER 3 Choreography, 1927-1942
Detailed descriptions of 29 dances attributed to Alexandre Volinine, Isadora Duncan, Valetin Parnac, Mikhail Mordkin, and others as well as her own choreography. Some of the dances are indicated to have been learned or choreographed earlier than the date they were written down.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1-2 Booking correspondence, 1945-1955
33 items
Largely responses from booking agents such as Arthur Todd, Chamberlain Brown, choreographer Fred Berk, Kermit Bloomgarden, Ruth Draper, and others. Also included are drafts or carbon copies of Julia's letters, lists of programs or repertory, and contact lists.
Annotations in shorthand and longhand
Second folder is a set of reference copies
BOX-FOLDER 1/3-4 Acting notebook, 1952, undated
40 sheets
First page begins like a journal with two dated entries about performing in The Gypsies Wore High Hats at the Falmouth Theatre in Massachusetts. Subsequent pages include soliloquies and scenes from plays, beauty and wardrobe advice, and poetry, including poems written by Julia Cross.
Annotations in shorthand and longhand
A set of reference copies is included
BOX 1 Performance Photographs, 1920s-1950s
Studio photographs of Julia Vincent Cross in dance and theatre costumes, alone, in ensembles, and with students; a small number of photos of unidentified subjects.
Organized by subject, then arranged by date when known.
BOX-FOLDER 1/5-10 JVC alone, 1933, undated
29 black-and-white photographs
Various poses for each of six costumes
One photograph is identified as costume for a benefit performance in 1933
Some prints are proofs with marks for final printing
Soichi Sunami, photographer
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 JVC with castanets, 1940s?
2 black-and-white photographs
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 JVC alone, undated
4 black-and-white photographs
Various settings and costumes: outdoors, studio poses, theatre costume
BOX-FOLDER 1/13 JVC with ballet ensemble, 1930s
2 black-and-white photographs
Grace Voss (1905-2009), photographer
BOX-FOLDER 1/14 JVC with ballet ensemble, 1930s?
2 black-and-white photographs
Achille Volpé (1905-2009), photographer
BOX-FOLDER 1/15 JVC with students, 1940s-1950s?
2 black-and-white photographs
BOX-FOLDER 1/16 JVC with cast of Angel Street, undated
1 black-and-white photograph
BOX-FOLDER 1/17 Unidentified dancers, 1930s?
2 black-and-white photographs
BOX 1 Programs and Flyers, 1936-1974
Performance and souvenir programs along with promotional flyers for Julia Vincent Cross performances. One flyer for a recital of Julia Cross's students is original artwork painted by her.
Arranged by date.
BOX-FOLDER 1/18 Flood and Tornado Relief Benefit, 1936
JVC listed in ensemble performing a Russian trepak
BOX-FOLDER 1/19 Russian Easter Ball, 1940
JVC listed in trio
Inscribed by Erik [Gregor?] and Robbie
BOX-FOLDER 1/20-22 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1942-1947
3 souvenir programs
BOX-FOLDER 1/23 Mia Slavenska/David Tihmar and Company, 1944?
1 souvenir program
BOX-FOLDER 1/24 Original Ballet Russe, 1946?
2 flyers
BOX-FOLDER 1/25 [American] Ballet Theatre, 1946-1947
1 souvenir program
BOX-FOLDER 1/27 JVC flyer, 1959-1960?
Promotional flyer for monologues and dances, under artist representative Elizabeth Dugger
BOX-FOLDER 1/26 JVC and her students, undated
Promotional oil painting artwork for student recital
BOX-FOLDER 1/28 Bolshoi Ballet, 1974
1 souvenir program
BOX-FOLDER 1/29 Folies de Paris, 1974?
1 souvenir program
BOX 1, 3 Miscellany, 1916-1978
Materials related to Julia Vincent Cross's professional interest in dance.
Arranged at item level.
BOX-FOLDER 1/30-31 Writings, 1956-1957
2 magazine articles
Articles published in Dance Magazine on Mordkin Ballet and dance teaching, written by Julia Vincent Cross
BOX 3 Arnold Genthe, Book of the Dance, 1916
BOX-FOLDER 1/33 Who's Who entry, 1961-1962
Photocopy of entry on JVC
BOX-FOLDER 1/34 Unidentified clippings, undated
2 photographs published in newspapers
Subjects: JVC; unidentified dance figures
BOX-FOLDER 1/35 Photocopies of book title leaf and verso
Bibliographic information for three books included in the collection: Arnold Genthe, Book of the Dance, 1916; Who's Who of American Women, 1961-1962; Valery Panov, To Dance, 1978, a gift to Margit Swopes from her husband
BOX 2-4 Family Papers, 1854-1991
Materials collectively offer a glimpse into the family history and personal life of Julia Cross. A thirty-year scrapbook kept by Julia's father, Philip Cross (1848-1922), provides information on the background of the Cross family and his advancement in business in New York City. Photographs show her home with Philip Evergood (1901-1973) and later in Arizona; the scenes include exterior and interior domestic locations, as well as events. The couple are pictured with friends and pets, and later in life she is with her caregiver, Margit Swopes. Also included are assorted studio portraits of an adult Julia. In the subseries on her husband, Philip Evergood, a small number of articles, artwork, exhibit catalogs, clippings, and other evidence that she saved regarding her father-in-law's and husband's art careers are included. Legal correspondence documents the disposition of the estates of both Evergood and Cross. Materials in Miscellany are personal items and an inventory of the donated collection.
Arranged by format.
BOX 4 Cross Family Scrapbook, 1854-1888
Compiled by British-born Philip Cross (1848-1922), Julia's father, the scrapbook chronicles early records of his father Osborn P. Cross (b. 1809) in England as well as Philip Cross's professional and social life in Canada and the United States. Materials include newspaper clippings, evidence of a range of business ventures, invoices and receipts, letters of introduction and business cards, theatre programs, and social invitations.
BOX 2 Personal Photographs, 1930s-1978
Chiefly studio portraits and informal photographs of Julia Vincent Cross Evergood alone, with spouse Philip Evergood, with caregiver Margit Swopes, with pets, and with friends. Locations include her homes, at the Smithsonian exhibit of Evergood's work, and unidentified locales and occasions.
Arranged by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 2/1-3 Studio portraits, 1930s-1950s, undated
10 black-and-white photographs
BOX-FOLDER 2/4-5 Candids at home, 1950s-1963
14 black-and-white and color snapshots
Annotations supply identification of subjects: Philip's house and guest house, which Philip made into his studio
Julia, Philip Evergood, unidentified friends
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 Events, 1950s-1960s?
2 black-and-white photographs
Julia Cross with husband Philip Evergood at events: possibly funeral or church
BOX-FOLDER 2/7 Mexico, 1962
1 black-and-white photograph
Annotation: Wally and Barbara arriving to attend their reception at the Villa Monte Carlo, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico July 23, 1962
BOX-FOLDER 2/8 At home, 1976, undated
8 black-and-white and color snapshots
Julia alone, with visitors, with caregiver Margit Swopes
BOX-FOLDER 2/9 Smithsonian Institution, 1978
3 photographs
Julia with caregiver and reception guests at opening of Evergood exhibit
BOX 2 Philip Evergood, 1937-1983
A small number of clippings and articles, artwork samples, exhibit catalogs, and other evidence of the art careers of Julia's father-in-law, Miles Evergood, and husband, Philip Evergood, held by her at the time of her death. Note: she had previously donated most of Philip's papers to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Arranged by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 2/10-14 Artwork samples, 1965, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/10 Girl with Sunflowers, 1965
Signed etching
Annotation: artists proof, 2nd state
BOX-FOLDER 2/11 JuJu Dancing, 1931
Photograph of Evergood oil painting
Photography by Peter A. Juley & Son
BOX-FOLDER 2/12 Prodigal Son, 1965
Portrait of Letterio Calapai
BOX-FOLDER 2/13 Unidentified etching, undated
Perhaps from Classical Motif series
BOX-FOLDER 2/14 Unidentified portrait, undated
Photograph of oil painting
BOX-FOLDER 2/15-19 Catalogs, 1937, 1960, 1971, 1978-1983
Exhibit and auction catalogs, some illustrated
BOX-FOLDER 2/20-23 Clippings and articles, 1937-1940, 1973-1982, undated
8 items
Includes features on Kalamazoo mural, photocopy of 1937 Melbourne article on Miles and Philip Evergood exhibit (with 1982 cover letter of transmittal), scholarly article by Kendall Taylor, and Philip Evergood obituary
BOX 2 Legal Correspondence, 1981-1991
Letters and other papers relating to Philip Evergood's or Julia Cross's estate, or to other legal or contractual matters.
Arranged by subject, and therein organized by date.
BOX-FOLDER 2/24 Death certificate and wills, 1981-1987
Also includes affidavit settling estate
BOX-FOLDER 2/25-29 Art correspondence, 1983-1991
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