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Diana Huebert papers

Identifier: Dance-MS-Huebert

Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly photographs, programs and other materials relating to Huebert’s dance career.

The bulk consists of photographs and programs relating to Huebert and many of her contemporaries in dance, including a number of theatrical photographs of Huebert and a photograph of a statue of Huebert by American sculptor Robert Laurent, plus images of Raymond Duncan, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Ruth Page, Charles Weidman, and Mary Wigman. Also, a small collection of memorabilia that contains pictures of Greek statues, one of Huebert’s brochures and a few clippings, and some works of Huebert’s, including articles, an autobiographical sketch, and choreographic and dance production notes. Also, a folder of materials relating to architect Abel Faidy.


  • Creation: 1916-1983



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Diana Huebert papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Diana Huebert 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 at

Biography of Diana Huebert

Chicago modern dancer.

Diana Huebert was born in Chicago in 1899, the daughter of a local ballroom dancing master. Under her birth name, Josephine Campbell, she first studied and performed classical ballet. However, in 1924, after seeing Isadora Duncan perform at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Huebert was inspired to join the dance movement labeled “modern” or “contemporary,” and thereafter worked and studied to develop her own free style.

In Paris, Huebert briefly studied with Raymond Duncan, brother of Isadora, and then traveled throughout Europe observing and absorbing techniques of the new free forms. She returned to engagements in New York before permanently settling in Chicago. She taught and produced dances at various schools and colleges, kept a private studio in the city, all the while performing and occasionally lecturing.

Huebert retired from performing in 1969 and spent the rest of her life studying and publicizing the esoteric work of her husband, Chicago architect and designer, Abel Faidy, who had died in 1965. In attempting to illuminate and foster interest in Faidy’s mathematical approach to proportion, she founded The Society of The Golden Section, which produced newsletters, articles, lectures and exhibitions regarding her husband’s work.

Diana Huebert died in Chicago in 1983.


1.7 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize box)


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


Arranged alphabetically by type of material in one box and one oversize box.

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 7


Gift of Diana Huebert Faidy, 1983.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2006.

Inventory of the Diana Huebert papers, 1916-1983
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States