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Alexson, Fred. Fred Alexson Papers, 1960-1980.

Material related to Fred Alexson, a dancer with the Boston Ballet and several other production companies, and a founding member of the Association of Performing Arts. Collection. Includes photographs of Alexson and other dancers, dance posters (including some autographed), a dance class diary, career scrapbooks, and a watercolor sketchpad of dance action studies.

7 linear feet (4 record cartons, oversize materials)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Alexson
Location: 3a 45 1
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Allard, Edith, 1927-. Edith Allard Papers, 1955-1991.

Chicago-schooled ballet dancer who studied with Ann Barzel and others, and danced with the Ruth Page Chicago Opera Ballet, the Markova-Dolin Company, Theatre du Chatelet, Royal Swedish Ballet, and other companies. Letters, postcards, telegrams, contracts and schedules, clippings, photographs and programs of dance performances in Israel and Sweden, two art prints and a small collection of medals.

2.1 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Allard
Location: 3a 48 1
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Allied Arts Corp. (Chicago, Ill.). Allied Arts Corp. Records, 1930-1970.

Clippings, artist correspondence, box office records, concert programs, and photographs of the Allied Arts Corporation. Known as Zelzer Management until 1948, Allied Arts Corporation was run by Harry and Sarah Zelzer and was responsible for bringing many important musicians, dancers and other performing artists to Chicago.

25 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Allied Arts
Location: 3a 57 4-5
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Allison, Keith. Keith Allison Studio archives, 1916-1968.

A Chicago dancer trained under Edna McRae, Allison took over the McRae studio in 1964. Collection is largely material related to the McRae-Allison studio, including dance notations of McRae's choreography and music reel-to-reel tapes, as well as souvenir programs, sheet music, books, and periodicals.

10 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Allison
Location: 3a 58 8
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Alter, Evelyn. Carey Rose Winski Memorial Foundation Dance Scholarship Competition Papers, 1981-2002.

Completed applications for the Carey Rose Winski Memorial Foundation Dance Scholarship Competitions, 1981-1987 and 1996-2001; also newspaper articles, correspondence, photographs, an audiotape, and some videotapes.

2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Alter
Location: 3a 48 5
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Badolato, Dean. Dean Badolato Papers, 1965-1999.

Material related to the career of Dean Badolato, Chicago-born and trained dancer, choreographer, and director. Includes clippings, letters, photographs, programs, videotapes, reviews, and various memorabilia.

0.8 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Badolato
Location: 3a 46 1
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Barnes, Bessie. Bessie Barnes Papers, 1918-1992.

Photographs, newspaper reviews and miscellaneous personal items relating to Bessie Barnes, producer of nightclub theatrical reviews in Chicago and Milwaukee in the 1920's and 1930's.

2.8 linear feet (7 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Barnes
Location: 3a 46 2
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Barzel, Ann. Ann Barzel Dance research collection, ca. 1830-[ongoing]

Materials collected by dance critic Ann Barzel, documenting the history of dance in Chicago and worldwide. Research collection includes brochures and other publicity, newsclippings, programs, souvenir books, audiovisual material, posters and prints, photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.

340 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Barzel Research
Location: 3a 46 6-14; 3a 47 3-14
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Barzel, Ann. Ann Barzel Papers, 1912-2005.

Correspondence, works, photographs, and personal and biographical material by Chicago dance critic and historian (and former dancer) Ann Barzel. Most of her articles and essays deal with dance-related happenings in Chicago, and were written for various Chicago newspapers, Dance Magazine, and other periodicals.

33.4 linear feet (69 boxes and 3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Barzel
Location: 3a 46 4-6
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Baum, Edna Lucile. Edna Lucile Baum Papers, 1890-1981.

Material relating to Chicago dance teacher and author Edna Lucile Baum, which includes incoming correspondence, writings, photographs, programs, dance notations and other miscellaneous printed items, scrapbooks and notebooks.

6.3 linear feet (3 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Baum
Location: 3a 48 1
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Bennett, Alexander, 1929-2003. Alexander Bennett Papers, ca. 1953-1990.

Bennett was a dancer with the Royal Ballet and Ballet Rambert, and former director of the Twin Cities Ballet in Illinois as well as other regional ballet companies. His collection includes many audio and videocassettes, a scrapbook of his dancing career, and some memorabilia.

8 linear feet (7 boxes and 1 scrapbook)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Bennett A
Location: 3a 48 5
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Cassidy, Claudia. Claudia Cassidy Papers, ca. 1880-1996, bulk 1930-1985.

Articles and reviews, correspondence, broadcast scripts, photographs, and clippings of the Chicago Tribune performing arts critic from 1942 to 1965. Cassidy wrote her influential "On the Aisle" column for the Tribune, then wrote freelance criticism and hosted a weekly program of arts criticism for WFMT, helping to shape the course of music, theater, and dance in Chicago.

16 linear feet (42 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Cassidy
Location: 3a 38 1-2
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Chicago City Ballet School. School of Chicago Ballet Records, 1985-1992.

The School of Chicago Ballet was founded in 1981 and affiliated with the Chicago City Ballet, outlasting the Ballet Company seven more years until its closing in 1994. Includes publicity material and photographs.

3 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS CCB School
Location: 3a 48 1-2
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Chicago City Ballet. Chicago City Ballet Records, 1980-1988.

Prima ballerina Maria Tallchief founded the Chicago City Ballet in 1979; a severe split in the board of directors of the company resulted in its dissolution in 1987. Records include administrative and publicity files for the short-lived company.

12 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS CCB
Location: 3a 48 1-2
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Chicago Community Trust. Chicago Community Trust Excellence in Dance Initiative Records, 1999-2007.

Administrative files, consultant files and a collection of background information and publications relating to the field of dance and specifically to the activities of a short-term initiative developed by the Chicago Community Trust which had the aim of strengthening the field of dance in Chicago.

1.2 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Dance Initiative
Location: 3a 48 1
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Chicago Dance and Music Alliance. Chicago Dance and Music Alliance Records, ca. 1981-2007.

Administrative records, publicity material, photographs, and audiovisual materials relating to the arts advocacy groups The Chicago Dance Coalition (1981-2001) and The Chicago Music Alliance (1984-2001), and their merged entity The Chicago Dance and Music Alliance (2001-). Includes planning files, reports, member information, photographs, sound recordings, and videorecordings of members’ performances, and publications of the organizations (newsletters, program guides, directories, etc.)

78 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS CDAMA
Location: 3a 50 2-9
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Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Chicago National Association of Dance Masters Records, 1925-[ongoing]

The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) was founded in 1912 and serves as a resource of continuing education for dance teachers and their students. Records include workshop reports, dance notes, and audiovisual recordings of CNADM workshops.

33 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS CNADM
Location: 3a 45 5
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Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble. Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble Records, 1981-1992.

A troupe that showcased the works of Chicago choreographers, the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble was founded in 1981 and headquartered at the Ruth Page Foundation building until its dissolution in 1992. Records include administrative and performance files, and audiovisual materials.

14 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Chicago Repertory
Location: 3a 45 10
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Dance Horizons. Dance Horizons Records, 1958-1977.

Films, photographs, programs, and newspaper clippings documenting the activities of a Highland Park modern dance venue consisting of three separate, but interrelated groups (The Trio, Dance Horizons, North Shore Dance Workshop) operated by Martha Koplin, Suzanne Ettlinger, and Dorothy Mozen, and active from 1958-1977.

1.3 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Dance Horizons
Location: 3a 48 6
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Deerfield, Eddie. Eddie Deerfield scrapbooks, 1945-1947, bulk 1946-1947.

Newspaper clipping scrapbooks of Chicago Times entertainment reporter Eddie Deerfield, containing copies of his bylined column "Night Life Notebook" from April 28, 1946 to August 3, 1947. Also several 1945 and 1946 articles by Deerfield and night club advertisements quoting his reviews.

0.9 linear feet (4 volumes in 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Deerfield
Location: 3a 38 10
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Diggins, Dean. Dean Diggins Papers, 1956-1995.

Material regarding Diggins's career as a tap dancer and teacher, including class notes while studying with Paul Draper, plus clippings, photographs, programs, publicity items and scrapbooks relating to his ten years as a part of the Mattison Trio. Also, his choreographic notes for tap routines composed for classical music and audio and video tapes of some of those dances.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Diggins
Location: 3a 48 6
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Djalaal. Djalaal Papers, 1974-2000.

Chicago performer and instructor in dance and exercise. Djalaal has studied Middle Eastern, Indian, North African, modern, flamenco and other exotic dance forms, and for thirty years has been teaching belly dancing at area colleges and cultural organizations. Small collection consists of advertising and publicity items, clippings, photographs, programs, and a few of her writings.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Djalaal
Location: 3a 48 6
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Donaldson, Virginia. Virginia Donaldson Papers, ca. 1930-1996.

Virginia Donaldson was the press agent for the New York City Ballet from 1966 to 1982 and also worked in publicity for Chicago area arts organizations. Her papers include programs, souvenir books, publicity, and working files of various dance companies and festivals all over the United States.

35 linear feet (28 boxes, loose items)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Donaldson
Location: 3a 45 7-10
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Dybas, James. James Dybas Papers, 1960-2009, bulk 1960-1962.

Current photographic portraits of Chicago-born and New York-based entertainer James Dybas. Also programs, reviews, notices, playbills, and photographs of theater performances, 1961 - 2011 in New York City, Los Angeles, regional theaters across the USA, and Vienna, Austria; as well as photographs, newspaper reviews and clippings of Bob Simpson's musical revues at Fazio's on Fifth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Edgewater Beach and Del Prado hotels in Chicago, 1960 - 1962. Also includes souvenir program and newspaper clippings of Dybas, 1959 winner of Chicago Sun-TImes Harvest Moon Festival.

2.4 linear feet (5 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Dybas
Location: 3a 48 6
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Eaman, Joan. (i.e., Stone, Joan Ehemann, 1934-1991). Joan Ehemann Stone Memorabilia, 1943-1992.

Material relating to the life and career of ballet dancer Joan Ehemann Stone which includes a youthful diary, photographs, clippings and other memorabilia. All items, with the exception of three photographs, are photocopies.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Stone J
Location: 3a 48 13
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Ensemble Espanol. Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater collection, 1974-2003.

Material collected by Libby Komaiko, founder of the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, relating to her and the dance company. Consists mostly of photographs of Komaiko and other dancers, plus a few clippings, flyers, posters, programs, and miscellaneous pieces. Also, two copies of a videotape entitled The First 20 Years, 1976-1996"."

1.7 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Ensemble Espanol
Location: 3a 48 6
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Erkert, Jan. Jan Erkert and Dancers Records, 1976-2000.

Jan Erkert founded Jansdances" in 1979 as a vehicle for her own works. The company evolved to Jan Erkert & Dancers and explored collaboration with other types of artists and dance presentations. Records are mostly audiovisual (video) but also includes awards, clippings, newsletters, and photographs."

4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Erkert
Location: 3a 48 6
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Etienne, 1933-1991. Dom Orejudos papers, 1962-1991.

Domingo Orejudos (professional name: Etienne), was a dancer and erotic artist born in Chicago who danced with the Illinois Ballet, later becoming resident choreographer, principal dancer, and associate director of the company. Papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs, programs, sketches, and audiovisual material relating to Orejudos' dance career and to the Illinois Ballet.

5 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Orejudos
Location: 3a 48 7
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Foster, Clyde. Clyde Foster "Dance Chicago" videotapes and programs, 1994-2007.

38 Hi-8 tapes and 53 digital tapes of "Dance Chicago" performances, 1996-2000, taken by Clyde Foster at the Athenaeum Theatre, together with programs for 1995-2000, and 2007. Also 3 VHS tapes and 1 U-Matic tape containing excerpts and highlights, 1 VHS tape of the Ballet Theatre of Chicago's Giselle shot by Wayne Kupferer, and two company programs 1994 and ca. 1999.

Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Foster
Location: 3a 48 6
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Gehr, Mary. Mary Gehr Papers, 1828-1997, bulk 1945-1985.

Original work, reproductions of work, correspondence and subject files of Chicago artist Mary Gehr.

12.5 linear feet (27 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Gehr
Location: 4a 25 9, 4a 26 8
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Gerard, Paula, 1907-1991. Paula Gerard Renison Dance sketches, 1938-1939.

Six pencil sketches of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancers drawn by artist Paula Gerard Renison during rehearsals and performances at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, 1938-1939.

0.9 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Renison P
Location: 3a 48 12
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Giordano, Gus. Gus Giordano Papers, 1966-1996.

Jazz dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founder of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (est. 1962). Materials include some memorabilia and video footage of Giordano and his Jazz Dance ensemble.

2 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Giordano
Location: 3a 48 7
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Goldsmith, Ellen, 1926-2007. Ellen Goldsmith Papers, 1933-2007.

Large collection of photographs relating to the ballet, opera and cinema, dating from the 1940s through the early 1970s, amassed by Ellen (Teddy) Goldsmith, backstage worker at the Civic Opera House, home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Also, a group of photos of movie stills, popular celebrities and performers, plus a small amount of correspondence, memorabilia and signed theatrical programs, some Goldsmith drawings and writing, two scarves and a pair of ballet slippers.

3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Goldsmith
Location: 3a 39 4
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Grimmer, Margot. Margot Grimmer Papers, 1956-1984.

Material relating to the career of Chicago dancer Margot Grimmer, including clippings, advertising items, programs, a few miscellaneous incoming letters, a film, and numerous photographs.

0.5 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Grimmer
Location: 3a 48 7
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Hild, Dorothy. Dorothy Hild Papers, 1907-1983.

Former choreographer and director of entertainment at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Papers include sheet music for dance numbers, correspondence, photographs, clippings, works, and administrative files from her teaching at the Central YMCA College in downtown Chicago.

42 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Hild
Location: 3a 48 7-10
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HMS Media, Inc. HMS Media, Inc. Records, 2005.

4 DVDs of the 13-episode television program called The Chicago Dance Project, showcasing the work of 28 local dance companies and 4 local choreographers. Collections also includes a few newsletters from HMS Media company.

0.5 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS HMS
Location: 3a 48 10
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Horn, Rudy, 1909-. Rudy Horn Papers, 1920-1995.

Correspondence, clippings, photographs and memorabilia of Chicago entertainer known as the "Comedy King of Vaudeville." His father was Henry Horn, who operated and booked nightclubs in the early 1900s and was the onetime owner of Chicago's Green Mill Tavern. Born in 1909, Horn performed as a dancer, comedian, and emcee throughout the US and Europe.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Horn
Location: 3a 48 10
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Howard, Alan, 1930-. Alan Howard Papers, 1924-2002, bulk 1980-2002.

Performer and teacher Alan Howard was born in Chicago, studied at the Merriel Abbott School and with Edna McRae, then joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1949. He later danced with the New York City Ballet, Radio City Music Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera Company. His papers comprise ballet memorabilia from his career; the bulk of the collection concerns ballet performance and ballet-related events in New York City, 1988-2003.

1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Howard
Location: 3a 48 10
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Hubbard Street Dance Company. Hubbard Street Dance Company Records, 1970-ongoing.

Hubbard Street Dance Company (renamed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 1993) was founded by dancer and choreographer Lou Conte in 1977 and has become one of the most successful and most internationally known dance companies to hail from Chicago. Records include administrative files, publicity materials, and audiovisual records of performances of the company.

40 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Hubbard
Location: 3a 48 14; 3a 49 2-4; 3a 49 14
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Huebert, Diana, 1899-1983. Diana Huebert Papers, 1916-1983.

Material collected by dancer Diana Huebert (Mrs. Abel Faidy), the bulk consisting of programs and photographs of herself and other dancers. Also includes some articles she wrote or saved, including an autobiographical sketch, choreographic notes, and miscellaneous material relating to her husband, architect and designer Abel Faidy.

1.7 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Huebert
Location: 3a 49 13
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Huebner, Joseph. Joseph Huebner Dance photographs, ca. 1970-ca. 1989.

Joseph Huebner was the University of Notre Dame Library's Fine Arts Bibiliographer for 30 years, retiring in 1998. He donated souvenir books, programs, and dance ephemera which were interfiled into the Barzel Dance Research collection, and also donated framed dance photographs showing many ballet stars, including George Ballanchine, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Natalia Makarova, and Ivan Nagy.

3 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Huebner
Location: 3a 49 13
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Illinois Ballet. Illinois Ballet Records, 1959-1972.

Illinois Ballet was founded in 1959 by two former Sadler's Wells ballet dancers, Richard Ellis and Christine Du Boulay. The company presernted several seasons of performances per year until its demise in 1972. The company remained constant at four soloists and ten corps members, and included two dancer/choreographers, Hy Somers and Dom Orejudos. Archives include correspondence, music, photographs, posters, programs, and videos.

3.3 linear feet (3 boxes, loose items)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Illinois Ballet
Location: 3a 49 13
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Kehl School of Dance. Kehl School of Dance Records, ca. 1940-ca. 1990.

This Madison, Wisconsin dance school was founded by dancer Frederick W. Kehl in 1880. Kehl's Dancing Academy introduced thousands to the art of dance throughout Wisconsin, and the school is currently in its 4th generation of dancers and dance teachers from the Kehl family. Records include costume looseleaf notebooks, dance routines, music and programs, photographs, and audio material.

64 linear feet (61 boxes, loose items)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Kehl
Location: 3a 26 5-9
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Kelly, James, 1962-. James Kelly Choreography Project memorabilia, 1993-1997.

Native San Diegan dancer James Kelly worked in Chicago from 1990 to 1997 as founder and artistic director of the James Kelly Choreography Project, establishing a company whose style was a blend of jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. Small collection of printed memorabilia includes newsletters, posters, programs, and a press kit. Also, four videocassettes of local performances.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Kelly
Location: 3a 48 10
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Kilbourn, Ruth. Memorabilia, ca. 1947-1949.

Kilbourn was a member of the Chicago Opera Ballet, studying under Andreas Pavley, Serge Oukrainsky, Adolph Bolm, Michel Fokine, and others, and taught dance in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Collection includes photographs, programs and class announcements, a pair of pointe shoes, and memorabilia.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Kilbourn
Location: 3a 48 10
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Kitchell, Iva, 1908-1983. Papers, 1926-1984, bulk 1926-1958.

Iva Kitchell (married name Webster) was born around 1908 and joined a touring vaudeville group at the age of 13. Later she joined the Chicago Opera Ballet, continuing to dance until the age of 50, after which she taught in her Long Island, NY studio. Kitchell's scrapbooks document her dancing career, especially of her European tours and concerts.

2 linear feet (3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Kitchell
Location: 3a 48 10
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Koesun, Ruth. Ruth Ann Koesun Papers, 1934-1977.

Ruth Ann Koesun was born in Chicago and studied dance with Chicago teachers Edna Lucile Baum and Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn. She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1946, and retired as principal dancer in 1986. Papers include programs, publicity, and films highlighting Koesun's dance career.

4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Koesun
Location: 3a 45 6
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Krassner School of Theatre Arts. Krassner School of Theatre Arts Records, 1910-1990.

Materials relating to the Krassner family and the Krassner School of Theater Arts, founded in Chicago in 1924, and continuing in Illinois and Hollywood, California, until 1978. Consists of clippings, publicity, programs, scripts, a few letters, and many photographs. Includes a short history of the family and schools by Paul J. Hartman, son of Blossom Krassner, one of the most active of the Krassner sisters.

2.1 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Krassner
Location: 3a 48 11
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La Rayne School of Dancing. La Rayne School of Dancing Memorabilia, 1930-1947.

Published and mimeographed ballet, tap and novelty dance routines, probably belonging to the LaRayne School of Dancing and/or choreographers and teachers Marion Freeman, Jack Manning and the Del-Wrights. Includes catalogs for the yearly conventions of the Chicago Association of Dancing Masters, 1930-1936, and for summer sessions at the Chicago Teachers College, 1939-1947. Also, the script for a children's musical play.

0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS LaRayne
Location: 3a 48 11
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Labahn, Marvin F. Marvin F. Labahn Papers, ca. 1949-2004.

Dance periodicals, recordings, convention programs, books, and ephemera relating to square dance collected by square dance caller Marvin Labahn.

12 linear feet (12 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Labahn
Location: 3a 58 1-2
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Lang, Joyce. Joyce Petrik Lang Papers, 1940-2003.

Joyce Petrik Lang, Chicago dancer and daughter of a dancer, studied under many famous Chicago dance teachers and was on the faculty of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, serving as regional director. She opened her first studio in 1956, teaching in Naperville for 22 years and in Brookfield for 17 years. Her collection includes clippings, information about Chicago-area dance companies, correspondence, photographs, and programs.

0.5 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Lang
Location: 3a 48 11
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Levy, Ruth, d. 1991? Ruth Levy Dance Photographs, 1970-1974.

Levy, who performed as a dancer with the Pavley/Oukrainsky Ballet Company, received a masters degree in photography at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1972. This collection includes her negatives, proof sheets, and glossy prints of dancers in several companies, including the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the Ruth Page Chicago Ballet among others. Some of these photographs were exhibited at the Chicago Public Library in 1974.

6 linear feet (8 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Levy R
Location: 3a 49 4
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Lewandowski Dance School. Lewandowski Dance School Records, 1940-1990.

Archives of the family dance studio, found by Evelyn Zwiefka and carried on by her niece, Diane Lewandowski, along with memorabilia concerning dance activities in Chicago, including programs within the Chicago Park District, and dance activities at several Chicago public high schools. A feature of the collection is its emphasis on ethnic, particularly Polish, music and dance.

18 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Lewandowski
Location: 3a 49 4
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Luick, Lars. Lars Luick performing arts photographs.

Luick, a Chicago photographer, has been published in Ballet News and Dance Magazine. This collection of his work includes photographs of Balanchine's funeral, the Boitsov Classical Ballet Company, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

32.8 linear feet (7 record cartons, oversized boxes and loose items)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Luick
Location: 1 39 2-3
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Lundgren, Harriet, 1905-1996. Papers, 1917-1991, bulk 1920-1938.

Lundgren danced as a prima ballerina for the Chicago Civic Ballet in the 1920s and 1930s, and was a featured dancer at the Century of Progress Chicago World's Fair of 1933-1934. Her four career scrapbooks contain clippings, programs, and other ephemera related to her dancing career. The collection also includes autographed photographs of dancers, opera singers, and other celebrities collected by Lundgren. Photograph subjects include Adolph Bolm, Walter Camryn, Feodor Chaliapin, Amelita Galli-Curci, Mary Garden, Anna Ludmila, Ruth Page, Rosa Raisa, and others.

0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Lundgren
Location: 3a 48 11; Artifact Cage
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Malkind, Sheila. Sheila Malkind Photographs, 1982-2001.

Malkind, a Chicago photojournalist, was the director of the Ruth Page Foundation from 1981 to 1992. In this capacity, she came to know many members of the Chicago dance community, including individuals such as Ann Barzel, Katherine Dunham, Larry Long, and Maria Tallchief. Her photographs are primarily candid shots of dancers and dance companies in Chicago: notable subjects include the individuals mentioned above, as well as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Dame Margot Fonteyn, and Rudolph Nureyev. Additional photographs document Ruth Page Foundation activities and a variety of formal, informal, and street gatherings, as well as photographs of Lincoln Park in every season. The collection also includes published feature articles that Malkind wrote for the Lerner newspapers, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

4.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Malkind
Location: 3a 49 10
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McRae, Edna L. Edna McRae School of Dance records, 1915-1980.

Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Edna McRae started dancing in Chicago Public Schools and studied with Andreas Pavley, Serge Oukrainsky, and Adoph Bolm, among others. She operated a ballet school in Chicago from 1925 to 1964, becoming known as the grande dame of the Chicago Ballet community. Her papers include correspondence, clippings, biographical information, programs, photographs, and scrapbooks.

24 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS McRae
Location: 3a 49 8-9
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Mihopoulos, Effie. Effie Mihopoulos Papers, ca. 1975-2008.

Chicago-based poet, critic, and cultural commentator. Along with publishing her own literary journal, Salome, Mihopoulos conducted oral histories with prominent dancers and performers. Her papers consist of her own writings in addition to musical, theatrical, and dance programs, publicity, and photographs.

20 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Mihopoulos
Location: 3a 49 8
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MoMing Dance and Arts Center. MoMing Dance and Arts Center Records, 1970-1991.

MoMing, a neighborhood center for dance training and avant-garde performance, was formed in 1974 by Jackie Radis, Jim Self, Susan Kimmelman, Eric Trules, Kasia Mintch, Tem Horowitz, and Sally Banes. It officially dissolved in 1991, and all of the company's records were donated to the Newberry Library at that time.

90 linear feet (84 boxes, loose items)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS MoMing
Location: 3a 54 1-7
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Nicholson, Juanita. Juanita Nicholson papers, 1952-1983.

Juanita Nicholson is a dance teacher and former volunteer at the Newberry in Chicago. Papers, which are mainly concerned with the Cecchetti Council of America and the Cecchetti method of teaching ballet, include instruction booklets, syllabi for dance classes and teacher examinations, some miscellaneous class notes, two volumes of piano music, a cassette tape and a 78 rpm record.

0.4 linear feet (1 box and 1 recording)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Nicholson
Location: 3a 48 11
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O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004. May O'Donnell Papers, 1934-1996.

Material relating to the career of modern dancer May O'Donnell, consisting of advertising and announcements, articles, reviews, programs and photographs. Also a few miscellaneous items, some of which relate to O'Donnell's husband, musician Ray Green.

0.2 cubic feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS O'Donnell
Location: 3a 48 11
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Olshansky, Eugene. Eugene Olshansky Photographs, 1935-1986, bulk 1935-1941.

Photographs of productions staged by the Original Ballets Russes (aka the Ballet Russes du Col. W. de Basil) and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo between 1935 and 1941, taken by Chicago businessman and balletomane Eugene Olshansky. Also, two operatic portraits, a few personal photographs, and several pieces of ephemera.

0.4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Olshansky
Location: 3a 48 12
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Olson, Christina, b. 1881. Christina Olson Papers, 1891-1918.

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.

1 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Olson
Location: 3a 48 12
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Osgood, Amy. Amy Osgood Papers, 1980-1991.

Fifteen videotapes (3/4 inch, U-Matic) of performances and rehearsals by choreographer Amy Osgood and her dance company, Osgood Dances, which was active in Chicago from 1977 through 1987.

1 linear feet (1 record carton)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Osgood
Location: 3a 48 12
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Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. Ruth Page Nutcracker records, 1965-1997.

Collecton includes working files, programs, publicity, and photographs of the productions of the ballet The Nutcracker, which was staged every Christmas season from 1965 to 1997 at the Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago. The production was choreographed and directed by dancer Ruth Page until her death in 1991, when Page's former students Larry Long and Dolores Lipinski took over the production.

2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Ruth Page Nutcracker
Location: 3a 48 12
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Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. Ruth Page Papers, ca. 1900-1991.

Personal papers of dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. Materials include address books, programs, souvenir books, correspondence, press releases, journals, photographs, cassette tapes, business records, and musical scores. Featured works include The Bells, Carmen, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Frankie and Johnny, and Billy Sunday.

93.4 linear feet (76 record cartons, 7 boxes, 11 oversize and other boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Page
Location: 3a 55 2-8
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Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. Ruth Page Video archives, 1922-1987.

Collection includes VHS copies, made between 1985 and 1989, of original films of dancer and choreographer Ruth Page, from originals held at the Ruth Page Foundation. Also includes many interviews of dancers who knew and worked with Page, including Frederic Franklin, Dolores Lipinski, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, and Patricia McBride.

6 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Ruth Page Video
Location: 3a 45 7
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Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. Ruth Page Works and Memorabilia, 1923-1983.

Ruth Page's career in dance spans almost the entire 20th century, beginning with her 1919 role in Adolph Bolm's "Birthday of the Infanta" (1919) and culminating in her foundation of the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance until her death in 1991. Collection consists of numerous published and unpublished short articles and essays written by Page, many of which appeared in her book Page by Page. Some of the items are duplicates of the originals held by the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, New York Public Library. Miscellany includes clippings, correspondence, two photocopies of film scripts, photographs, programs, publicity material and notes and stage directions relating to ballets.

0.4 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Ruth Page Memorabilia
Location: 3a 47 1
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Performing Arts Chicago. Performing Arts Chicago Records, 1960-2000.

First known (in 1959) as the Fine Arts Music Foundation, and later as Chamber Music Chicago, the group changed its name in 1992 to Performing Arts Chicago to reflect a diversification of programming. Programming, performance, and financial files of the organization.

101 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Performing Arts
Location: 3a 23 13-14; 3a 49 5-7; 3a elevator bay
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Portman, Diane Marsh. Diane Marsh Portman Papers, ca. 1946-2009

Choreographic notes and notebooks, scripts, dance teaching materials, and photographs of dancer-choreographer-actor-teacher Diane Portman, who also went by Diana Marsh, Diane Marsh, or Diane Meroff. Portman was an entertainer and dance teacher.

7 linear feet
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Portman
Location: 3a 49 2
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Pryor, Ruth, 1906-2001. Ruth Pryor Memorabilia, 1923-1964.

Scrapbook of Ballet dancer Ruth Pryor, born in Chicago in 1906, who began her career in vaudeville as half of the team of “Gardel and Pryor”. By 1929 she had become the premier danseuse of the Chicago Civic Opera, and appeared as the first American ballerina to be the Swan Queen in a special production of Swan Lake. The scrapbook includes many newspaper clippings, and a few articles and programs.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Pryor
Location: 3a 48 12
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Renison, Paula Gerard, 1907-1991:


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Renslow, Chuck. Chuck Renslow Dance Photographs, ca. 1960-ca. 1980.

Photographic prints and electronic files (CD and DVD) of the Illinois Ballet Company and dancer/artist Dom Orejudos by professional photographer Chuck Renslow.

3 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Renslow
Location: 3a 45 6
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Rodgers, Donna. Rodgers square dance research collection, ca. 1943-1993.

Square dance historian and collector Donna Rodgers is the daughter and the wife of professional square dance callers, and a lifelong enthusiast. Formerly a part of the Crossing Trails Square Dance Heritage Society, an organization created by Donna and Duane Rodgers, the collection includes correspondence, organizational documents, books, magazines, photographs, recordings, videotapes, art work, and artifacts.

76.8 liinear feet (71 cartons, 6 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Rodgers
Location: 3a 58 1-5
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Sagan, Bruce. Judith and Bruce Sagan papers, 1965-1986.

Material relating to the business career of Judith Sagan who founded the Harper Theater Dance Festival with her husband Bruce Sagan in 1965. This organization became the Harper Dance Foundation in 1970. A large portion of the collection concerns the Illinois Arts Council which supported the Sagans' festival activities and on whose board both later served. Includes articles, clippings, correspondence, contracts, grant applications, programs, notes and other miscellaneous items concerning both the Harper Festivals and its participants, and the Illinois Arts Council.

3 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Sagan
Location: 3a 48 12
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Stigler, Elisa, 1904-1973. Elisa Stigler Papers, 1930-1983.

Materials relating to the career of Chicago dance teacher Elisa Stigler, primarily a performer and instructor in the techniques of Spanish dancing, but also a teacher of the dances of other cultures and of ballet. Includes copious handwritten notations and mimeographed instruction for teaching a wide range of dances, both American and foreign, a few articles and letters, catalogs, programs and some miscellaneous memorabilia.

0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Stigler
Location: 3a 48 13
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Stodelle, Ernestine. Ernestine Stodelle Papers, 1925-2006.

Collection of files kept by Ernestine Stodelle regarding her professional life as dancer, teacher, author and dance critic. Material relates to Stodelle’s own career and her association with dance figures Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Jose Limon and Louis Horst. Consists of correspondence, articles, clippings, lectures, programs, reviews, tributes, photographs, dance descriptions and reconstructions.

2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Stodelle
Location: 3a 48 13
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Stone-Camryn Studio. Stone-Camryn Studio Records, 1922-1984.

Chicago's Stone-Camryn School of Ballet was founded in 1941 by established dancers Walter Camryn and Bentley Stone and became one of the most successful American schools in placing its graduates in professional companies, and in creating new generations of dance teachers. Archives include personal and biographical material from Stone and Camryn, school records, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, programs, clippings, and choreographic notes.

35 linear feet (43 boxes, loose items)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Stone-Camryn
Location: 3a 48 2-4
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Torn, Jerry. Jerry Torn Dance Sketches and Memorabilia, 1981-1984.

Artist Jerry Torn graduated from the University of Iowa and taught at Loyola University. His collection includes graphite drawings, photographs, and audiocassette interviews with dancers Greg Begley, Randy Duncan, and Rory Foster.

2 cubic ft.
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Torn
Location: 3a 48 5
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Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-. Mark Turbyfill Papers, 1911-1985.

Material relating to the life and career of dancer, poet and painter Mark Turbyfill, including three copies of his unpublished autobiography and many copies of published and unpublished poems. Also, articles and reviews by and about Turbyfill, a few pieces of correspondence, clippings, dance programs, photographs, a cassette tape of him reading, and a published genealogy of the Turbyfill family.

2.6 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Midwest MS Turbyfill
Location: 3a 43 1
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Weil, F. Peter, 1913-1997. F. Peter Weil Collection of Photographs of the Tosia Mundstock Dance Group, ca. 1946-1950.

85 photographs of an amateur Detroit modern dance group led by a German dancer named Tosia Mundstock.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Dance
Call Number: Dance MS Weil
Location: 3a 48 13
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