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BOX 3-4, 8-9 MAPCASE-FOLDER 1 Photographs and Artwork, 1920s-1999
This series contains both Library Documentation Project Photographs and Other Subjects. The Library Documentation Project Photographs consist of snapshots from the interviews and recording sessions carried out by the Music Division through funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and are attributed to photographer Nan Melville (1949-2022). Subjects include former Martha Graham company principal dancers dating to the 1940s through 1970s. The Other Subjects include images obtained through other means, including Library of Congress events, gifts from Graham legacy artists and colleagues, and other sources. Where a specific dance is identified in photographs, Martha Graham is presumed to be the choreographer unless otherwise attributed.
Arranged alphabetically.
Library Documentation Project Photographs
BOX-FOLDER 3/1-4 Coaching sessions, 1999
160 color 4" x 6" prints
Note: Dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company coached by veteran former company members in preparation for performances at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium; also includes some shots of preparations for interviews
Laid in: Letter of transmittal
BOX-FOLDER 3/5-14 Interview sessions, 1976
612 color 4" x 6" prints
Locations: Trinity Studios; Noguchi Museum; and unidentified
Laid in: Letter of transmittal and promotional card
Other Subjects
BOX-FOLDER 4/1, 8/1 Acrobats of God, 1960 and undated
Two black-and-white prints
Photographers: Martha Swope and unknown
Dancers: David Wood as Whip Master; Martha Graham
BOX-FOLDER 4/2 Alcestis [?], circa 1960
One black-and-white print
Photographer: unknown
Dancer: Paul Taylor
BOX-FOLDER 4/3-8 Appalachian Spring, 1944, circa 1975-1980, circa 1994, and undated
Fifteen black-and-white prints, five color prints, one color greeting card
Photographers: Arnold Eagle; Library of Congress; Barbara Morgan; Martha Swope; and unknown
Includes: Reprints of original photographs captured at premiere and several of Rudolph Nureyev in role of Revivalist
MAPCASE-FOLDER 1 Denishawn, 1920s
One matted black-and-white photograph
Photographer: unknown
Dancer: Martha Graham in an Orientalist costume for unidentified dance
BOX-FOLDER 4/9 Diversion of Angels, 1970
One black-and-white print; news release
Photographer: AP Newsfeatures
Note: Six unidentified dancers in studio rehearsal
BOX-FOLDER 4/10 Frontier, 1987
One black-and-white print
Photographer: David Fullard
Dancer: Thea Nerissa Barnes
BOX-FOLDER 4/11 Gala dinner, undated
Ten black-and-white prints
Photographer: Aubrey Reuben and unknown
Subjects: Martha Graham; Liza Minnelli; Betty Ford; Mikhail Baryshnikov; others unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 4/12, 9/1 Graham, Martha, undated
One headshot; one composite photograph of headshot and costumed figure
Photographers: unknown
MAPCASE-FOLDER 1 Graham, Martha, undated
One black-and-white drawing printed on board
Artist: R. Mosier
BOX-FOLDER 4/13 Graham, Martha, with Gregory Peck, undated
Two black-and-white prints
Photographer: Ron Protas
Note: Backstage conversation at Ambassador College, California
BOX-FOLDER 8/2 Graham, Martha, with conductor Stanley Sussman and [?], undated
Photographer: unknown
BOX-FOLDER 4/14-15 Graham, Martha, with unidentified people, undated
Two black-and-white prints
Photographers: Martha Swope and unknown
BOX-FOLDER 4/16 Herodiade, circa 1944
Six black-and-white prints
Photographers: Arnold Eagle, Cris Alexander
Dancers: Martha Graham; May O'Donnell
BOX-FOLDER 4/18-19 Night Journey, 1950s
Two black-and-white prints
Photographers: Martha Swope and unknown
Dancers: Martha Graham; Bertram Ross; company members
BOX-FOLDER 4/20 Noguchi sets, undated
Four black-and-white prints, poor condition
Includes: Acrobats of God; Alcestis; Theatre for a Voyage
Note: Damaged before obtained by Library of Congress
BOX-FOLDER 4/21 Royal Ballet party, undated
One black-and-white snapshot with hand-written note on verso
Photographer: Arnold Eagle
Subjects: Martha Graham; Rudolph Nureyev; Margot Fonteyn; unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 4/22 Sanasardo, Paul, with Manuel Alum and Joan Lombardi, circa 1970s
One black-and-white composite print
Photographer: Irving Lowens
BOX-FOLDER 8/3-4, 9/2 Song of Songs, 1985
Three black-and-white prints
Photographer: Emanuela Sforza
Dancers: Thea Nerissa Barnes; Miguel Moore
BOX-FOLDER 4/23 Temptations of the Moon, 1986 circa
One black-and-white print
Photographer: Nan Melville
Note: Thea Nerissa Barnes as Crescent Moon; other dancers unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 4/16 Symposium on Martha Graham at University of Michigan, 1994
One color print
Note: Symposium titled "Story of a Genius"
Speaker: Vicky J. Risner, Music Division, Library of Congress
BOX-FOLDER 4/25 Tour, Copenhagen, 1979
Two black-and-white prints; contact sheet
Photographer: John R. Johnsen
Dancers: Martha Graham, the company
Location: Tivoli, opening night
BOX-FOLDER 4/26 Unidentified dances and dancers, undated
Five black-and-white prints
Photographers: Martha Swope and unknown
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
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