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Guide to the Dance Program and Ephemera Collection, 1909-1987
MS-P026  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dance program and ephemera collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1987
    Collection number: MS-P026
    Extent: 10.3 linear feet (25 boxes and 5 oversize folders)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises printed materials, primarily dance programs, documenting significant international dancers, dance companies, festivals, performances, and events. The bulk of this collection comprises materials on 20th century American and European ballet performers and companies, such as the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russes and related companies. The collection also contains dance programs documenting world and folk genres, and international dance styles, primarily Indian, Japanese, and Spanish. A small group of printed ephemera documents various dance festivals, dance companies, and individuals such as Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, Mary Wigman, and others.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Dance Program and Ephemera Collection. MS-P26. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was created by UC Irvine Special Collections and Archives staff from a variety of performing arts collections in cases where the dance programs were tangential to the collection's focus, including the Eugene Loring Papers (MS-P02), Ruth Clark Lert Dance Library and Archive (MS-P09), and Clarence McGehee Collection on Ruth St. Denis (MS-P25). Sources and dates of acquisition are not known.

    Processing History

    Processed by Linda Akatsu, Emma Kheradyar, William Landis, and Maria Lechuga, 1997-2001. Guide completed by Adrian Turner, 2002.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises printed materials, primarily dance programs, documenting significant international dancers, dance companies, festivals, performances, and events. The bulk of this collection comprises materials on 20th century American and European ballet performers and companies, such as the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russes and related companies (including Serge Diaghilev), Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Denishawn (including Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn), Martha Graham, New York City Ballet, Anna Pavlova, Royal Ballet, Russian Ballet, Sadler's Wells Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. The collection also contains dance programs that document folk genres and international dance styles, primarily Indian, Japanese, and Spanish. A small group of printed ephemera documents various dance festivals, dance festivals, dance companies, and individuals, such as Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, Mary Wigman, and others. Some programs contain biographical profiles of performers, numerous illustrations, and reproductions of photographs by significant artists, such as Léon Basket, André Derain, Nataliia Segeevna Goncharova, George Platt Lynes, and Pablo Picasso.
    The term "event program" is used to describe materials printed for particular performances with information concerning features of the performance, usually with the name of participants or performing arts organizations. Event programs often contain specific times, dates, cast, and ticket information. The term "souvenir program" is used to describe materials that were issued annually or seasonally, often lacking specific information about featured performances, times, dates, and performance cast.

    Arrangement

    This collection is organized into three series.
    • Series 1. Ballet and modern dance programs, 1909-1987. 8.2 linear ft.
    • Series 2. World dance programs, 1933-1987. 1.4 linear ft.
    • Series 3. Dance ephemera, 1920-1987. 0.7 linear ft.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Graham, Martha--Archival resources.
    Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931--Archival resources.
    St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968--Archival resources.
    Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972--Archival resources.
    Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927--Archival resources.
    Balanchine, George--Archival resources.
    Wigman, Mary, 1886-1973--Archival resources.
    American Ballet Theatre--Archival resources.
    Ballet russes--Archival resources.
    Ballets russes--Archival resources.
    Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil--Archival resources.
    Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo--Archival resources.
    Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)--Archival resources.
    Bolshoi teatr SSSR. Balet--Archival resources.
    Denishawn School of Dancing--Archival resources.
    New York City Ballet--Archival resources.
    Royal Ballet--Archival resources.
    Sadlers Wells Ballet--Archival resources.
    San Francisco Ballet--Archival resources.
    Dancers--Archival resources.
    Ballet dancers--Archival resources.
    Dance companies--Archival resources.
    Ballet companies--Archival resources.
    Ballet--Archival resources.
    Dance--Archival resources.
    Modern dance--Archival resources.
    Folk dancing--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Dance programs.
    Ephemera.

    Occupations

    Dancers.

    Related Collections

    The following collections in Special Collections and Archives, UC Irvine Libraries, also contain dance programs related to the creator of the collection:
    MS-P02, Eugene Loring Papers MS-P05, Mary Desti Collection on Isadora Duncan MS-P23, Donald McKayle Papers MS-P25, Clarence McGehee Collection on Ruth St. Denis MS-P28, Scrapbook on Cecil Sharp's English Folk Dance Society School MS-P29, Mildred Davenport Dance Programs and Dance School Materials MS-P33, Isadora Duncan Dance Programs and Ephemera
    MS-P09, Ruth Clark Lert Dance Library and Archive contains dance programs documenting West Coast dance companies and performers. MS-P03, John Dougherty Papers contains dance programs documenting both Dougherty's career and other dance companies and performers whose work he reviewed.