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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Christina Olson

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Christina Olson Papers, 1891-1918


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
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Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Olson, Christina, b. 1881
Title Christina Olson Papers
Dates 1891-1918
Extent 1 linear foot (1 oversize box)
Abstract Material relating to Chicago dancer Christina Olson, who at the age of twelve performed as a Turkish dancer in the Turkish Theater at the World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893. Includes music school diploma, hand-written documents concerning her employment and performances, her marriage certificate and a two photographs. Also, three items relating to the Exposition – a general ticket of admission, her passbook and a program for the Turkish Theater.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Dance MS Olson
Collection Stack Location 3a 48 12

Administrative Information

Cite As

Christina Olson Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Grace Alice Bishop, daughter, 1994.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith.

Access

The Christina Olson Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Christina Olson Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Christina Olson

Chicago dancer.

In 1891, Christina Olson received a diploma from the National Conservatory of Music in Chicago for completing a course of studies in pantomime. At the age of twelve she was engaged to perform as a Turkish dancer in the Turkish Theater on the Midway at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Olson married Charles Edward Snyder in 1895 in Clinton, Iowa.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Small collection of items relating to Olson’s performance as a Turkish dancer at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Includes documents of employment and assessment of her dancing skill. Also, three Exposition items: a ticket of admission, a program for the Turkish exhibition and Olson’s personal passbook with her photograph attached. Added are Olson’s diploma from Chicago’s National Conservatory of Music and her marriage certificate. Also, two photographs of Olson as a child and as an adult.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by type of material, with oversize diploma at the end.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Olson, Christina, b. 1881
  • World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

Subjects

  • Folk dancing, Turkish
  • Manuscripts, American--Illinois--Chicago
  • Photographs -- 1851-1900
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • Programs
  • Women dancers -- Illinois -- Chicago

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Marriage certificate, Oct. 20, 1895
1 2 Photographs
1 3 World’s Columbian Exposition, Admission ticket, May-Oct., 1893
1 4 World’s Columbian Exposition, Program for Turkish Theater, n.d.
1 5 World’s Columbian Exposition, Work agreements, June 27, 1893
1 6 World’s Columbian Exposition, Work evaluation, Nov. 3, 1893
1 7 World’s Columbian Exposition, Olson’s workers’ pass #23371 with photograph, 1893
1 8 Diploma, National Conservatory of Music, 1891