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BOX 1-2, 8 Personal Papers, 1935-2001
139 items
Biographical information on Garber from his youth through his time as a dancer, as well as his career in art collection and interior design. Includes drawings, photographs, legal documents, transcripts of oral histories and biographical notes, and Garber's annotated copy of Martha Graham's autobiography, Blood Memory. His interior design career is documented by projects undertaken through William C. Kennedy Associates, seen through exterior and interior photographs of Garber and Kennedy's personal homes and their work for Lila Acheson Wallace's Boscobel restoration. Also present are exhibition catalogs of American modernists Morgan Russell and Patrick Henry Bruce.
Arranged in two subseries, and organized therein by type of item.
Biographical Papers, 1935-2001
67 items
BOX-FOLDER 1/1-21 Drawings and Photographs, circa 1935, 1945-1951, 1965-1969, 1986, 1994-1999, and undated
32 items
Note: Includes artistic representations of Garber by other artists, personal photographs of Garber, family, and friends
BOX-FOLDER 1/22-23 Legal Papers, 2001
5 items
Note: Garber's death certificate and Power of Attorney documents
BOX-FOLDER 1/24-33 Personal Documentation, 1950, 1991-2001, and undated
30 items
Note: Materials related to Garber's life and career endeavors, such as an Iris Mabry dance program, transcripts of oral histories of Garber conducted by friend and executor Martha Merz, Garber's annotated copy of Blood Memory, and Garber's memorial service program.
Art and Interior Design, 1965-1991
72 items
BOX-FOLDER 2/1-4, 8/2-8 William C. Kennedy Associates, 1965, 1974, 2003-2009, and undated
56 items
Note: Exterior and interior photographs of Garber and Kennedy's personal homes located in Westchester County of New York, St. Martin, and unknown locations; self-bound 1974 issue of Architectural Digest featuring Garber and Kennedy's home Cross River; documentation of the restoration of Lila Wallace's Boscobel mansion; and Sotheby's auction book featuring Cross River's "Blue Room" on the cover.
BOX-FOLDER 2/5-12 Publications, 1965, 1974-1979, 1989-1990, and undated
16 items
Note: Clippings about Garber's artistic interests; inscription from Isamu Noguchi; exhibition catalogues featuring Morgan Russell and Patrick Henry Bruce; and an exhibition catalogue titled Sychronism in Color Principles in American Painting from 1910 to 1930.
BOX 3-4 Correspondence, 1941-2001
257 items
Letters to Garber about Graham from a variety of people, including Craig Barton, Ron Protas, Batsheva [Bethsabee] de Rothschild, and Agnes de Mille. Many of these letters contain enclosures and are annotated by Merz.
Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent, and therein by date.
BOX-FOLDER 3/1 Acocella, Joan, 2001
Letter and photocopy
BOX-FOLDER 3/2 Alma, Jean-Rose, 2000, and undated
3 letters; annotated envelopes
Note: Regarding Garber's friend Simone Alma, the chanteuse
BOX-FOLDER 3/3 Barton, Craig, 1966
5 items
BOX-FOLDER 3/4 Blume, Mary, 1976
1 letter
BOX-FOLDER 3/5 De Mille, Agnes [Prude], 1992
2 items
BOX-FOLDER 3/6 Garber, Benjamin, to Georgia Graham Sargeant [Geordie Graham, sister of Martha Graham], 1980s
2 items
BOX-FOLDER 3/7-15 Garber, Benjamin, to Martha Merz, 1994-2001, undated
75 items
Note: Letters of September 4 and October 23, 1995, reference 3 photographs of Martha Graham by Cecil Beaton found in the photographs series
BOX-FOLDER 3/16 Garber, Benjamin, to Mary Caples Morrison ["Polly," mother of Martha Merz], 1994-1995
3 items
BOX-FOLDER 3/17 Graham, Martha, to Aaron Copland, 1941-1956, undated
15 items
Note: Photocopies of correspondence between Graham and Copland 1941-1956, as well as a copy of an early version of the script (titled "Daughter of Colchis"); original letters are found in the Aaron Copland Collection
BOX-FOLDER 3/18 Graham, Martha, to Mrs. Claude Garber [Sallie, mother of Ben Garber], 1967-1969
Letter with envelope; 2 telegrams
BOX-FOLDER 3/19-21 Graham, Martha, to Benjamin Garber, 1969-1978, undated
38 items
Note: 1970 folder holds four blue cards written at the conclusion of Graham's almost year-long convalescence at Garber's home Cross River; also contains annotation by Merz
Note: Annotations by Martha Merz on many letters
BOX-FOLDER 3/22 Jacobs, Laura, 1997
2 letters
BOX-FOLDER 3/23 Kassel, Virginia, 1993
1 letter
BOX-FOLDER 4/1 Mason, Francis, 2000
1 letter
Note: Former editor of Ballet Review and member of the board of directors of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance; annotations by Garber
BOX-FOLDER 4/2-8 Merz, Martha, to Benjamin Garber, 1994-2001
68 items
BOX-FOLDER 4/9 Merz, Martha, to David Walker, 1997-1998
2 items
BOX-FOLDER 4/10 Merz, Martha, to Jerry Taylor, 1996
1 item
BOX-FOLDER 4/11 Morgan, Barbara, 1976, 1984
4 items
Note: Includes 1976 letter thanking Garber for saving Martha's health
BOX-FOLDER 4/12 Parker, Cynthia, 1976
2 items
BOX-FOLDER 4/13 Protas, Ron, 1973-1974
2 items
Note: Annotations by Garber
BOX-FOLDER 4/14 Ross, Nancy Wilson, 1975
2 items
BOX-FOLDER 4/15 Rothschild, Bethsabee, 1967, 1976, 1986
7 items
BOX-FOLDER 4/16 Tatge, Catherine, 1993-1994
3 items
Note: Letters regarding the film "Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed"
BOX-FOLDER 4/17-18 Walker, David, 1997-1998, and undated
8 items
Note: Includes letter on Copland's last conducting appearance of Appalachian Spring for Graham; other names mentioned include: Pearl Lang, Ron Protas, Stanley Sussman, Vivian Perlis, and Polly Bergen
BOX-FOLDER 4/19 Wallace, Lila 1966, undated
3 items
BOX-FOLDER 4/20 The White House, 1976
5 items
Note: Includes Medal of Freedom program
BOX 4 Graham Dance Company Papers, 1966-1976
9 items
Papers on marketing, public relations, and internal company matters that relate to the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 4/21 Itinerary for Martha Graham Dance Company Tour, 1966
BOX-FOLDER 4/22 Press Release, 1966?
BOX-FOLDER 4/23 Budget for New York Season, 1974
BOX-FOLDER 4/24 Board of Trustees List, 1975
BOX-FOLDER 4/25 WNET Program Announcement, 1976
BOX-FOLDER 4/26 School History Blurb, undated
BOX-FOLDER 4/27 Company Thank-you Note, undated
BOX 4, 7 Programs, 1937-2004
26 items
Programs, promotional flyers, and brochures related to Martha Graham or her company.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 4/28 Souvenir Program, 1937-1938
1 program
BOX-FOLDER 4/29 Souvenir Program, 1946-1947
1 program
Note: Annotated
BOX-FOLDER 4/30 Performance Program, 1948
2 programs
BOX-FOLDER 4/31-32 Souvenir Programs, 1949
2 programs
BOX-FOLDER 4/33 "25 Years of American Dance," 1951
Photocopy, 10 p.
Note: Article titled "A Quintet of Rebels" includes Martha Graham
Note: Original and revised editions available in Library of Congress general collection
BOX-FOLDER 7/1 Souvenir Program, 1952-1953?
1 program
BOX-FOLDER 4/34 Performance Flyer, circa 1963
1 flyer
BOX-FOLDER 4/35, 7/2 Souvenir Programs, circa 1965
3 programs
BOX-FOLDER 4/36 Performances at UCLA, 1966
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