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BOX 7 Correspondence, 1941-1991
This series includes letters by or about Martha Graham, the Martha Graham Dance Company, or the Martha Graham Dance Studio. Correspondents include journalists and critics, philanthropists, and creative collaborators as well as artists separate from dance. Of great interest are the letters written by Martha Graham to set and lighting designer Arch Lauterer (1904-1957) that include substantive remarks by Graham on her choreographic projects.
Arranged alphabetically.
BOX-FOLDER 7/6-7 Barton, Craig, 1952, circa 1966
Three photocopied letters; typed 2-page letter with postscript, signature, and envelope
Includes: Letter to Martha Graham and three letters to Benjamin Garber, then friend of Martha Graham and board member
BOX-FOLDER 7/8 Baryshinikov, Mikhail, 1989?-1991
Two typed letters
Includes: Letters from Martha Graham
BOX-FOLDER 7/9 Bernstein, Leonard, 1988
Two typed letters
Note: From Martha Graham
BOX-FOLDER 7/10 Blume, Mary, [1962]
Photocopy of typed letter
Note: To Ben Garber, on reception of Graham company performance in London
BOX-FOLDER 7/11 Fan mail, 1952, 1988-1990
Four letters, one envelope, calling card with note
Note: Expressions of appreciation
BOX-FOLDER 7/12 Hasden, Wesley M. [Chattanooga Times], 1973
Two typed letters
Note: Response of George Cree, Graham company manager, to inquiry on Jewish presence in modern dance and in the Graham dance company
BOX-FOLDER 7/13 Kaiser, Alyce Chester [Mrs. Henry J.], 1976
Typed letter
BOX-FOLDER 7/14 Lauterer, Arch, 1941-1943
Nine letters from Martha Graham
Note: Substantive references to American Document, Cave of the Heart, Dark Meadow, Letter to the World, El Penitente, Punch and the Judy, along with personal information
BOX-FOLDER 7/15 Life (magazine), 1990
One typed letter; 3 pages
Note: Unsigned response to journalist from Martha Graham on meaning of her early dances
BOX-FOLDER 7/16 Macy, Gertrude, 1951-1954
Five carbon copies of typed letters
Note: Production and rent support of philanthropist Macy, including for filming Letter to the World and fees for composers
BOX-FOLDER 7/17 Powell, Paige, 1990s?
Letter and budget
Note: Legacy planning
BOX-FOLDER 7/18 Robbins, Jerome, 1990
One typed letter
Note: On performing one of Robbins's ballets
BOX-FOLDER 7/19 Sergeant, Georgia, 1976
One typed letter
Note: Hotel reservation at Tucson, Arizona, lodge
BOX 7, 9-10 MAPCASE-FOLDER 3 Subject Files, 1934-1998
Items in this series encompass information and artifacts across a broad swath of categories, including awards, events, projects, or production components.
Arranged alphabetically.
BOX-FOLDER 7/20 Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, 1958
BOX-FOLDER 7/21 List of awards, 1990s
Fax with annotations
BOX-FOLDER 9/3 Municipality of Jerusalem, 1993
Note: Grove of trees planted in memory of Martha Graham
BOX-FOLDER 7/22 Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize, late 1980s?
One document in draft; 2 pages
MAPCASE-FOLDER 3 Presidential Citation from Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959
MAPCASE-FOLDER 3 Presidential Citation from Ronald Reagan, 1985
BOX-FOLDER 10 Province of Salamanca, Spain, 1992
BOX-FOLDER 9/4 MAPCASE-FOLDER 4 Commission: But Not for Me, 1998
Choreography by Susan Stroman; music by George and Ira Gershwin; arrangement by Glen Kelly; costumes by William Ivey Long
Alternate title: Gershwin Graham - But Not for Me
Photocopy of choreographic notes; score excerpts with annotations; costume designs
Note: Commissioned by the Ira and Lenore Gershwin Trust for the Library of Congress
BOX-FOLDER 7/23 Federal Theatre Project, 1990
Note: Inquiry from George Mason University regarding permission to release Graham's 1937 interview recorded during the Federal Theatre Project
BOX-FOLDER 7/24 Dance in America, 1976
Memorandum; letter; contract and rider
BOX-FOLDER 7/25 Errand into the Maze, 1980-1988
20 documents: proposal, letters, contracts and agreements, budgets
BOX-FOLDER 7/26 Miscellaneous projects, 1951, 1970, 1976, and undated
see also Correspondence: Macy, Gertrude
Four documents
Includes: Adams Productions, Ariel Film, British Broadcasting Company [BBC], Titan Films
BOX-FOLDER 7/27 New York Public Library, 1975
Letter; memorandum; film schedule
BOX-FOLDER 7/28 Jose Limon Company, 1976
Letter; 2 pages
BOX-FOLDER 7/30-31 Performance, 1989-1992
60 documents
Note: From assorted dance companies and colleges worldwide
BOX-FOLDER 7/29 Teaching and technique, 1988
Two documents
BOX-FOLDER 8/9 Lighting design, 1944-1945
Cue sheets; 6 pages
Note: Cues for Appalachian Spring, Herodiade, and Imagined Wing
BOX-FOLDER 8/11 Celebration, 1934
By Louis Horst
Ozalid of score; 2 pages
BOX-FOLDER 8/12 El Penitente, 1960
By Louis Horst
Printed score for piano with annotations
BOX-FOLDER 8/10 Seven Preludes, 1949
By Taijiro Goh
Printed score
Note: Inscribed from Goh to Martha Graham, 1967
Includes: Two pages of photographs of modern dance with captions in Japanese
BOX-FOLDER 7/32 Production forms, undated
Carbon copies
Note: In German
BOX-FOLDER 7/33 Teaching engagements, 1945-1951 and 1967
11 letters, one envelope
Includes: Bennington College; The Juilliard School; New York University; Sarah Lawrence College
BOX-FOLDER 7/34 Touring, 1954 and 1992
15 letters; production specifications; program; run times; theater auditorium diagram; theater specs
BOX-FOLDER 7/35 United States Information Agency (USIA), 1954
One letter and envelope
Note: Distribution by USIA of Martha Graham's statement "The Dance Holds an Ageless Magic"
BOX 4-5, 8-9 Publications, 1947-2023
This series includes books and booklets, articles in magazines, and clippings. Most of these publications are scholarly research or critical writing on Martha Graham's life, work, and influence or are documentation of symposia or events in which the Graham legacy constitutes an important part.
Books and articles are arranged alphabetically. Clippings are arranged chronologically.
Books and Booklets
BOX-FOLDER 4/33 Baldwin, Neil. "Ninety Years Ago Tonight," 2016
Souvenir booklet
Note: Limited edition published for 90th-anniversary season gala of the Martha Graham Dance Company
BOX-FOLDER 4/27 Boosey & Hawkes. "America at 250: Programming Guide for Presenters and Musicians," 2023
Booklet; 46 pages
BOX-FOLDER 4/28 Noguchi, Isamu. The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, 1987
BOX-FOLDER 4/29 Noguchi, Isamu. "The Sculpture of Spaces," 1980
Booklet; 35 pages
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