Correspondence, ephemera, and photographs related to Russell Meriwether Hughes ("La Meri")-- ethnic dance icon, instructor,
friend (and one-time lover) of Charles Miller who saved the materials which comprise this collection. The collection also
includes Miller's own research material and dissertation on Edward Gordon Craig, published in 1957.
Charles James Miller was a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and close friend of Russell Meriwether Hughes, better known as
La Meri--the "Queen of Ethnic Dance." In the early 1940s (during World War II), Miller served in the Army as an interpreter
in French and Spanish for the Arabs; he was also director and choreographer for Army Red Cross shows in Algeria. After the
war, Miller became a dance-dramatist and instructor with the La Meri Ethnological Dance Center in New York City where he met
Hughes and became one of her students. At the time, Hughes was 47 and Miller 24; they had a short-lived love affair which
developed into a life-long friendship as attested by the volume of correspondence which Miller saved, including the carbon
copies of his own letters to Hughes.
6.5 linear ft.
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