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F. Peter Weil Collection of Photographs of the Tosia Mundstock Dance Group

Identifier: Dance-MS-Weil

Scope and Content of the Collection

Eighty-five black and white photographs of a Detroit amateur dance troupe: eleven of which are of a male dancer.


  • approximately 1946-1950



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The F. Peter Weil Collection of Photographs of the Tosia Mundstock Dance Group are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The F. Peter Weil Collection of Photographs of the Tosia Mundstock Dance Group 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.

Biography of F. Peter Weil

Chicago photographer.

F. Peter Weil was born in Germany in 1913 and came to the United States in 1938. Having started in photography as a hobby, he studied under Aaron Siskind and Art Sinsabaugh at the Institute of Design in Chicago on a part-time basis, 1952-1954. After working for photographers in Chicago and free-lancing for the Hyde Park Herald, Weil was hired by the Newberry Library in 1969 as the supervisor of the Photoduplication Department, and also served as staff photographer. In addition, Weil had an extensive collection of photographs from earlier community events, the most important of these being the 1961 Chicago Conference that brought hundreds of American Indians to the University of Chicago. This led to the founding of the National Indian Youth Congress.

Weil served on the Board of the Circle Pines Center, a summer camp cooperative in Michigan. A long-time resident of Hyde Park in Chicago, Weil died in 1997 at age eighty-three.

Biography of Tosia Mundstock

German modern dance teacher.

Tosia Mundstock was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1907 and immigrated to the United States in 1927. She studied modern dance with Mary Wigman and Martha Graham and taught community dance groups, two of which were in Detroit, Michigan and California. She also taught at the YWCA, Merrill-Palmer School, and Jewish Community Center Women’s Health Club in Detroit during the 1930s and 1940s. Mundstock married David Louis Martin (1906-1997) in Detroit on July 5, 1930 and they had a daughter, Helga Maston Martin. By the 1950s, they moved to California, where Mundstock taught in Santa Barbara and died in 1998.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


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

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 13



Processed by

Virginia H. Smith, 2007.
Inventory of the F. Peter Weil Collection of Photographs of the Tosia Mundstock Dance Group, approximately 1946-1950
Virginia H. Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States