Guide to the Eugene Loring Papers

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Arts and Humanities--Dance--Dance Performance Arts and Humanities--Art--Photography

Guide to the Eugene Loring Papers

Collection number: MS-P02

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
Roger Berry and Emma Kheradyar
Date Completed:
1997
Encoded by:
William Landis and Adrian Turner
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Eugene Loring papers,
Date (inclusive): 1925-1986
Date (bulk): (bulk 1933-1979)
Collection number: MS-P002
Creator: Loring, Eugene, 1914-
Extent: 14.6 linear feet (26 boxes)
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: The Eugene Loring Papers are comprised mainly of production photographs, scrapbooks, programs, and ephemera from the various stages of Loring's career, which culminated in a position as the founding chairman of the University of California, Irvine Dance Department (1965-1978). The collection contains rich documentation of Loring's early career, particularly in scrapbooks documenting the road tours of the dance companies Ballet Caravan and Ballet Theatre, and also broadly documents his directorship of Dance Players. Materials in this collection provide information on two important threads in Loring's diverse career in dance: his choreographic abilities as a leading developer of an American style of dance and his pedagogical skills (the latter first surfaced through his association with the American School of Dance). Additionally, the collection includes numerous performance and portrait photographs of dancers and dance companies collected by Loring and others.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research. Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and require close supervision by Special Collections staff during use.

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 Archives.

Preferred Citation

Eugene Loring Papers. MS-P02. Special Collections and Archives, The UCI 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

Gift of Eugene Loring, 1975 and 1980.

Processing History

Preliminary processing by Roger Berry in 1975 and 1980. Processing completed by Emma Kheradyar in 1996-1997. Guide edited by Laura Clark Brown in 1998 and completed by William Landis in 2000.

Biography/Organization History

Biography

Born on August 2, 1914 as Le Roy Kerpestein in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eugene Loring studied gymnastics, music, acting and performing as a young man with the Wisconsin Players. He also studied dance to improve his movement qualities as an actor. He decided in his early twenties to pursue dance full time.
Loring was admitted in 1934 to the American School of Ballet, founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. They chose a group of students, including Loring, to perform as the American Ballet Company. This company also performed divertissement ballets choreographed by Balanchine for the Metropolitan Opera. During this time Loring also danced in the corps de ballet and as a soloist with the Fokine Ballet.
When the American Ballet and Metropolitan Opera seasons ended each year, a group of dancers including Loring joined Lincoln Kirstein's independent company Ballet Caravan. Instead of following classical ballet traditions, dancers choreographed pieces about life in America. The group shared equally in all decision making. Ballet Caravan spent spring and summer caravaning to small towns across America to perform in small venues. At summer's end they returned to New York for the American Ballet and Metropolitan Opera seasons.
Eugene Loring's first original ballet was Harlequin for President. While a dancer/choreographer with Ballet Caravan, he choreographed Billy the Kid at the suggestion of Lincoln Kirstein, collaborating with Aaron Copland, who composed the musical score. Billy the Kid became Loring's most famous piece and is in the permanent repertoire of American Ballet Theatre. The Australian Ballet and the Oakland Ballet also have performed Billy as part of their repertoire.
Loring choreographed The Great American Goof, a ballet-play with spoken words (libretto by William Saroyan), for Ballet Theatre in 1940. The work was a compilation of dance, music, speech, and sliding stage screens. In the same year, Loring appeared on Broadway as an actor in Saroyan's The Beautiful People.
Loring created his own dance company named Dance Players in 1941, which continued in the same vein as Ballet Caravan. He choreographed Man From Midian and Prairie and the company performed Billy the Kid, along with many of his earlier works such as Yankee Clipper and Harlequin for President. The company disbanded in 1942, but Loring reused the name later for other student dance companies.
In 1943 Loring was contracted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to work as a dance director and actor in films. It was a productive period for Loring as he choreographed dance sequences for the films Ziegfeld Follies, Funny Face, and Silk Stockings, as well as several Broadway shows, including Carmen Jones, Kismet, Park Avenue, and Silk Stockings. Loring also choreographed extensively for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.
Loring founded the American School of Dance (not affiliated with American School of Ballet) in Hollywood in 1947. The school remained in existence for over 25 years from the time Loring first arrived in California until a few years before his death. His goal for the school was to give students training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, composition and notation. Loring developed his own dance technique at this time which was known as the "Free-Style Technique," combining ballet and jazz. Its purpose was to allow students to make easily the technique changes that were required of them professionally. The school had a sizable faculty roster and actively advertised guest teachers and lecturers. In the 1950s the school was home to the 15-member, semi-professional dance troupe Dance Players, led by Loring. The company gave over 300 performances to high schools, colleges and civic groups.
Loring was invited to the White House in 1962 to present Billy the Kid. He was awarded Dance Magazine's Annual Award in 1968. One year later, he was the founding director of the Los Angeles Dance Players. At the same time, he developed his lecture series "Dance As a Language." Loring's goal was to educate the audience about dance in a way that paired narrative with dance. During the same year, he received a creative writing grant from the University of California to write Kineseography, about his form of dance notation. Loring worked with the Oakland Ballet in 1976 to stage Billy the Kid, and in 1978 he re-staged a ballet titled The Sisters, which had originally premiered with the San Diego Ballet in 1966.
Loring's careers as a choreographer and teacher intertwined for three decades before he became the founding chairman of University of California, Irvine's Dance Department in 1965. He developed an instructional program for the department with a focus similar to his American School of Dance. Examinations for technique classes were adjudicated like professional auditions, and students had different teachers for technique each day. The department's goal was to prepare students for professional jobs immediately after graduation. Loring used his position as an opportunity to mount new works that were not financially possible using a professional dance company.
Eugene Loring died in Kingston, New York on August 30, 1982.

Chronology

Refer to the Choreology for dates of Loring's choreographic activities and works.
1914 Born Le Roy Kerpestein in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 2nd.
1934 Professional stage debut with Michel Fokine.
1934 Danced in Corps de Ballet and as a soloist with one year of concentrated ballet training.
1934 Performed in Sorcerer's Apprentice and Prince Igor.
1935-1938 Dancer in Corps de Ballet, then soloist for Balanchine and Kirstein's American Ballet.
1935 Danced in his first professional productions as Photographer in Alma Mater and as Brighella in Reminiscence.
1936 Joined Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Caravan as a soloist and choreographer (through 1939).
1936 Danced Harlequin in his own Harlequin for President and Satyr in Promenade (choreographed by William Dollar) for Ballet Caravan (Bennington, Vermont).
1937 Danced Farm Boy in his own Yankee Clipper and Saltarello in Folk Dance (Saybrook, Connecticut).
1938 Danced Ray, a Truck Driver in Filling Station (choreographed by Lew Christensen) for Ballet Caravan (Hartford, Connecticut).
1938 Danced title role in his own Billy the Kid for Ballet Caravan (Chicago).
1940 Danced title roles in his own The Great American Goof and in Peter and the Wolf.
1940 Danced Devil in Three Virgins and a Devil for Ballet Theatre (New York).
1940 Cast in Saroyan's The Beautiful People on Broadway.
1941 Founder, choreographer, and principal dancer for Dance Players.
ca. 1942 Dance Players disbanded.
1943 Signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and contracted to work as a dance director and actor.
1945 Appeared in the film National Velvet.
1948 Founder and teacher for the American School of Dance.
1953 Appeared in the film Torch Song.
1962 Directed Under the Sycamore Tree at the Pasadena Playhouse.
1965 Became first chairman of the Dance Department at the University of California, Irvine.
1965 Staged ballets for San Diego Ballet.
1967 Recipient of Dance Magazine award.
1980 Left UCI.
1982 Died in Kingston, New York on August 30th.

Choreology

Includes major works choreographed by Loring and is not exhaustive.
1934 First choreography credit for production of Credentials.
1936 Harlequin for President (music by Scarlatti) for Ballet Caravan (Bennington, Vermont).
1937 Yankee Clipper (music by Bowles) for Ballet Caravan (Saybrook, Connecticut).
1937 Billy the Kid (music by Copland) for Ballet Caravan (Chicago).
1939 City Portrait (music by Brant) for Ballet Caravan (New York).
1940 The Great American Goof (music by Brant) for inaugural performance of Ballet Theatre, New York.
1942 The Man From Midian (music by Wolpe), Prairie (music by Dello Joio), and The Duke of Sacramento (music by Dello Joio) for Dance Players.
1943 Choreographed shows on Broadway.
1953 Capital of the World (music by Antheil) and Omnibus for American television (also staged for American Ballet Theatre, New York).
1954 The Legend of the Handsome Stranger (music by Johnson) for Santa Monica Ballet (California).
1956 Worked as a choreographer in collaboration with Fred Astaire in Funny Face.
1958 Choreographed for the Ice Capades.
1961 A Portrait of a Woman and Quotations for Idyllwild Arts Foundation (California).
1966 T he Sisters (music by Ruggles) for San Diego Ballet and Jacob's Pillow Festival (Lee, Massachusetts).
1966 These Three (music by Steinman) for Joffrey Ballet at the City Center (New York).
1968 Prisms, Pinions, Paradox for University of California, Irvine (UCI).
1969 Catulli Carmina (music by Orff) for UCI.
1970 Polyphonica (music by Mendelsohn) for UCI.
1971 Folk Dances of a Mythical Country (music by Allard, Loring, Beaver, Krause) for UCI.
1973 Who Am I ? Where Do I Come From ? What Am I Doing Here? (music by Copland and Badings) for UCI.
1976 The Voice (music by Crumb) for UCI.
1978 Celebration for UCI.
1978 The Tender Land (music by Copland) for Oakland Ballet (California).
1979 American Gothic (music by Copland) for UCI.
1980 Time Unto Time (music by Bartok) for Oakland Ballet (California).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Eugene Loring Papers are comprised mainly of production photographs, scrapbooks, programs, and ephemera from the various stages of Loring's career, which culminated in a position as the founding chairman of the University of California, Irvine Dance Department (1965-1978). The collection contains rich documentation of Loring's early career, particularly in scrapbooks documenting the road tours of the dance companies Ballet Caravan and Ballet Theatre, and also broadly documents his directorship of Dance Players. Materials in this collection provide information on two important threads in Loring's diverse career in dance: his choreographic abilities as a leading developer of an American style of dance and his pedagogical skills (the latter first surfaced through his association with the American School of Dance). Especially well documented are numerous productions of Loring's signature piece, Billy the Kid. Additionally, the collection includes numerous performance and portrait photographs of dancers and dance companies collected by Loring and others.
The collection is organized in the following nine series:
  • Series 1. Early years, 1925-1933. 0.1 linear ft.
  • Series 2. Early ballet companies, 1934-1939. 0.5 linear ft.
  • Series 3. Choreography, 1933-1980. 4 linear ft.
  • Series 4. Dance company directorships, 1941-1973. 3.3 linear ft.
  • Series 5. American School of Dance, 1947-1971. 1.9 linear ft.
  • Series 6. University of California, Irvine, 1965-1986. 0.6 linear ft.
  • Series 7. Biographical files, ca. 1930-1979. 0.5 linear ft.
  • Series 8. Clugston and Maudlin dance scrapbooks, 1936-1947. 3 linear ft.
  • Series 9. Topical files, 1932-1977. 0.7 linear ft.

Removed or Separated Material

Related Collections

A collection of Loring's papers is located at the New York Public Library.

Separated Materials

Approximately 2 linear feet of dance programs unrelated to Loring's choreography or career as a performer, teacher, and dance company director have been removed to the Dance Programs Collection (MS-P26) in Special Collections and Archives.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Loring, Eugene, 1914- --Archives.
University of California, Irvine--Faculty--Archival resources.
American School of Dance (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources.
University of California, Irvine. Dept. of Dance--Archival resources.
American Ballet (Dance company)--Archival resources.
Ballet Caravan (Dance company)--Archival resources.
American Ballet Caravan (Dance company)--Archival resources.
Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)--Archival resources.
Dance Players (Dance company)--Archival resources.
Los Angeles Dance Theatre (Dance company)--Archival resources.
Billy the Kid (Choreographic work : Loring)--Archival resources.
Dance--Archival resources.
Ballet--United States--Archival resources.
Modern dance--United States--Archival resources.
Choreography--United States--Archival resources.
Dance in motion pictures, television, etc.--United States--Archival resources.
Dance schools--California--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints.
Scrapbooks.
Dance programs.
Costume design drawings.
Scores.
Oral histories.

Occupations

Choreographers.
Dance teachers.
Dancers.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Clugston, H. N., former owner.
Maudlin, Mildred Ann, former owner.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Early years, 1925-1933.

Physical Description: 0.1 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Loring's early theatrical experience with the Wisconsin Players, ending with his move to New York. The series is arranged topically.
Box 1 : 1

Jouvet, Louis. "Reflections of an Actor," typescript of pages 33-70, undated

Box 1 : 2

Photographs, 1925-1933

Box 1 : 3

Portrait of Loring by Elton A. Hackett, charcoal on paper, undated

 

Series 2.  Early ballet companies, 1934-1939.

Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs, programs, and scrapbooks documenting Loring's work with three dance companies: American Ballet, Ballet Caravan, and Fokine Ballet. In addition to Loring, photographs in this series also include other dancers, most notably Lew Christensen, Fred Danieli, William Dollar, Marie Jeanne, and Annabelle Lyon. The series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the company and then topically within each company.

Access

Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and must be used under close supervision of a Special Collections staff member.
Box 1 : 4-6, 14 : 2

American Ballet

Box 1 : 4

Photographs, ca. 1934-1936.

Note

Dances include Alma Mater, Divertissement, and Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Box 1 : 5

Programs, 1935-1937

Box 1 : 6

Reviews and publicity, 1935-1936

Box 14 : 2

Scrapbook, New York season, 1937.

Note

Included with Ballet Caravan Inaugural tour scrapbook, 1936.
Box 1 : 7-9, 14 : 1-2

Ballet Caravan

Box 1 : 7-8

Photographs

Box 1 : 7

Dance repertoire, ca. 1936-1938.

Note

Dances include Encounter, Filling Station, Promenade, Pocahontas, Spanish Ballet, and Show Piece.
Box 1 : 8

Loring choreography, ca. 1936-1938.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid, Harlequin for President, and Yankee Clipper.
Box 14 : 1

Loring choreography, Billy the Kid, ca. 1936-1938.

Box 1 : 9

Programs and publicity, ca. 1938-1939 and undated

Box 14 : 2

Scrapbooks, undated.

Note

Include programs, photographs, telegrams, and clippings containing publicity and reviews.
Box 14 : 2

1936, Inaugural tour.

Note

Includes American Ballet, New York season, 1937.
Box 22OS : 1

1937, Summer tour

Box 22OS : 2

1938, Spring tour.

Note

Includes 1938-1939 season.
Box 1 : 10

Fokine Ballet, souvenir program, 1934

 

Series 3.  Choreography, 1933-1980.

Physical Description: 4 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Eugene Loring's emergence as a choreographer in collaboration with other companies following his success with the Ballet Caravan. He continued to contribute repertoire to dance, light opera companies, film, and television concurrently with his teaching endeavors. Materials include photographs, programs, musical scores, and clippings. The series is organized in two subseries: Subseries 3.1. Dance, 1939-1980. Subseries 3.2. Musical theater and other choreography, 1933-1979.
 

Subseries 3.1.  Dance, 1939-1980.

Physical Description: 2 linear ft.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries documents Eugene Loring's choreography as performed by dance companies throughout the world. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by name of company or institution with whom Loring was collaborating, and then topically.

Access

Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and must be used under close supervision of a Special Collections staff member.
Box 1 : 11-12

Australian Ballet, Billy the Kid

Box 1 : 11

Choreology (partial) by Barbara Nimmo, 1977

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings, 1977

Box 1 : 12

Photograph, program, and reviews, 1977

Box 1 : 13 - 2 : 10, 15 : 1

Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre)

Box 1 : 13

Billy the Kid, cast list and photographs, ca. 1940.

Note

Dancers include John Butler, Ruth Ann Koesun, and John Kriza.
Box 15 : 1

Photograph of John Butler, 1960

Box 1 : 14

Biographical information and photographs of Loring, 1940-1941 and undated

Box 1 : 15 - 2 : 1

Event programs

Box 1 : 15

1940-1944.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 1 : 16

1947-1951.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 1 : 17

1952-1975.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid, The Capital of the World, and The Great American Goof.
Box 2 : 1

1976.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 2 : 2

General information on the company, 1970

Box 2 : 3

Performance photographs of other choreographers' works, undated.

Note

Includes Rodeo and Les Sylphides.
Box 2 : 4

Publicity, 1947-1955 and undated.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid and The Capital of the World.
Box 2 : 5

Reviews, clippings and typescripts, 1940-1980.

Physical Description: 2 folders.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 23OS : 1

Clippings, 1977-1980

Box 24OS

Scrapbook, 1939-1941.

Note

Includes cards, handbills, fan letters, telegrams, programs, photographs (including Loring in William Saroyan's The Beautiful People on Broadway) and clippings of reviews and publicity. Dances include Billy the Kid and The Great American Goof.
Box 2 : 6-9

Souvenir programs

Box 2 : 6

1941-1946.

Note

1941 season program contains the essay "A Heritage for Ballet in America" by Loring. Dances include Billy the Kid and The Great American Goof.
Box 2 : 7

1947-1951.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 2 : 8

1953-1957.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid, The Capital of the World, and The Great American Goof.
Box 2 : 9

1960-1976.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 2 : 10

Telegrams to Loring, 1953

Box 3 : 1-2

Ballet West

Box 3 : 1

Billy the Kid, cast list, clippings of reviews, and programs, 1979-1980

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings of reviews, 1979

Box 3 : 2

Company information, 1969-1980

Box 3 : 3

Brigham Young University, Sand in Their Shoes, performance photographs, 1959

Box 3 : 4

Dayton Ballet Company, Billy the Kid, programs, publicity, and clippings of reviews, 1976

Box 23OS : 1

Clipping, 1975

Box 3 : 5

Joffrey Ballet, These Three, review, 1966

Box 23OS : 1

Los Angeles Dance Theater, Billy the Kid, feature story clipping, 1972

Box 3 : 6

Michigan Opera Theatre, The Tender Land, clippings, drawing, photograph of Loring with Aaron Copland, program, and publicity, 1978

Box 23OS : 1

Clipping of review, 1978

Box 3 : 7-14

Oakland Ballet

Box 3 : 7-10

Billy the Kid

Box 3 : 7

Billy the Kid Museum (Lincoln County, New Mexico) souvenirs, 1978 and undated

Box 3 : 8

Clippings of reviews and programs, 1975-1978

Box 3 : 9

Photographs, 1976-1977

Box 3 : 10

Photographs of Billy the Kid reunion and Walter Terry lecture with Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, 1977 and undated

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings of feature stories and reviews, 1976-1978

Box 3 : 11

Correspondence, 1976-1979 and undated

Box 3 : 12

The Sisters, clippings of reviews, photographs, program, and publicity, 1977

Box 3 : 13

The Tender Land, clippings of reviews, photographs, and program, 1978-1979

Box 3 : 14

Time Unto Time, clippings of reviews and program, 1980

Box 3 : 15-16

San Diego Ballet, The Sisters

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings of feature stories and reviews, 1966

Box 3 : 15

Performance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, programs and review, 1966

Box 3 : 16

Photographs (including Loring rehearsing cast), program, and staging sketch, 1966

Box 3 : 17

San Francisco Opera Ballet, programs for various operas Loring choreographed, 1958

Box 3 : 18

Santa Monica Ballet, The Legend of the Handsome Stranger, clippings of reviews, photographs, and program, 1954

 

Subseries 3.2.  Musical theater and other choreography, 1933-1979.

Physical Description: 2 linear ft.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries documents Eugene Loring's choreography for Broadway, film, television, and light opera. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by medium or name of company with which Loring was collaborating, and then topically.
Box 3 : 19-20

Broadway productions

Box 3 : 19

Carmen Jones, programs and clipping of feature story, 1943

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings of two-part feature story, 1943

Box 3 : 20

Silk Stockings, programs and telegrams from Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein, 1954-1955

Box 7 : 1 - 8 : 8

Film

Box 7 : 1 - 8 : 5

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Box 7 : 1 - 8 : 2

Animation sketchbooks by Dr. Seuss, photocopies, ca. 1951.

Physical Description: 6 folders.
Box 8 : 3

Clipping, 1979

Box 8 : 4

Photographs, 1953

Box 8 : 5

Screenplay by Dr. Seuss, revised second draft, 1951

Box 8 : 6

Buttro Square, Fiesta, Mark of the Renegade, and Story of a Dancer, publicity and rehearsal photographs and clipping, 1947-1951 and undated

Box 8 : 7

Clippings concerning Loring in Hollywood, 1943

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings concerning Yolanda and the Thief and Audrey Hepburn, including photograph of Hepburn at the barre with Loring, 1976 and undated

Box 8 : 8

The Toast of New Orleans, Yolanda and the Thief, and Ziegfield Follies, photographs, 1944-1950

Box 3 : 21-22

Loras Players (Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa). Dancers participating in these productions were from Dance Players, a performing group from the American School of Dance, which Loring ran.

Box 3 : 21

Finian's Rainbow, performance photographs, program, clippings of reviews, and telegram, 1955

Box 23OS : 1

Clipping of feature story, 1955

Box 3 : 22

Oklahoma, photographs and Annie Get Your Gun, publicity, 1956-1961

Box 4 : 1 - 6 : 3

Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

Box 4 : 1

The Great Waltz, programs, portrait photograph of Loring, clipping of feature story, and telegrams, 1949-1965

Box 4 : 2

Kismet, clippings of publicity and reviews, 1953

Box 4 : 3

Kiss Me Kate, rehearsal photograph with Loring, 1964

Box 4 : 4-5

Librettos

Box 4 : 4

The Desert Song and Kiss Me Kate, undated

Box 4 : 5

Little Mary Sunshine and West Side Story, 1960-1966

Box 4 : 6 - 5 : 7

Music scores

Box 4 : 6

Carousel, 1945

Box 4 : 7

Kismet, 1955

Box 4 : 8

Kiss Me Kate, 1951

Box 14 : 3

Conductor's scores, 1964

Box 5 : 1

Little Mary Sunshine, 1959

Box 5 : 2

Music in the Air, 1933

Box 5 : 3

The Music Man, 1958

Box 5 : 4

The Pajama Game, 1955

Box 5 : 5

Plain and Fancy, 1956

Box 5 : 6

Oklahoma, 1943

Box 5 : 7

West Side Story, 1959

Box 5 : 8

Of All Things and The Student Prince, programs, 1950-1966

Box 6 : 1-2

Song books, words and music to popular songs from ca. 1900-ca. 1950, undated.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 6 : 3

Three Wishes for Jamie, program, publicity, and scrapbook of clippings, 1951-1952

Box 6 : 4-6

Television

Box 6 : 4

Academy Awards best song nominees list and program, and Cavalcade of Books photograph, 1953-1966.

Note

Loring choreographed the 1966 Academy Awards production.
Box 6 : 5

Dance in America, public television production of Billy the Kid, rehearsal photographs and clipping, 1976-1978

Box 6 : 6

Omnibus production of Billy the Kid for television, annotated draft typescript and publicity, ca. 1953

 

Series 4.  Dance company directorships, 1941-1973.

Physical Description: 3.3 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs, programs, and scrapbooks documenting Loring's directorship of two major dance companies, Dance Players and the Los Angeles Dance Theater. The series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the company and then topically within each company.

Access

Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and must be used under close supervision of a Special Collections staff member.
Box 6 : 7-14, 15 : 2 - 16 : 1

Dance Players

Box 6 : 7

Costume sketch photographs and event programs, 1942 and undated.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid, The Duke of Sacramento, Harlequin for President, and The Man from Midian.
Box 23OS : 2

Costume sketches and fabric samples for Billy the Kid, ca. 1942

Box 6 : 8-10, 15 : 2 - 16 : 1

Performance and rehearsal photographs, all dances choreographed by Loring

Box 6 : 8, 15 : 2-3

Billy the Kid, ca. 1942.

Physical Description: 3 folders.

Note

Features Loring dancing the role of Billy.
Box 15 : 4

The Duke of Sacramento, 1942

Box 6 : 9, 15 : 5-6

Harlequin for President, ca. 1942.

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 6 : 10, 15 : 7

The Man from Midian, ca. 1942.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 16 : 1

Prairie, ca. 1942

Box 6 : 11

Portrait photographs of company members, undated. Includes Lew Christensen, Bettina Dearborn, Freda Flier, Arlene Garver, Mary Howard, Bobbie Howell, Michael Kidd, Erik Kristen, Betty Leighton, Eugene Loring, Janet Reed, Zachary Carlson Solov, Eileen Whitson, and Anne Wilson.

Box 6 : 12

Publicity photographs taken at the company's summer residence in New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1942

Box 23OS : 3

Publicity poster, 1942

Box 6 : 13

Rehearsal photographs, undated

Box 6 : 14

Roster, "The Original Dance Players," undated

Box 25OS

Scrapbooks, 1941-1942.

Physical Description: 2 scrapbooks.

Note

Include clippings, programs, and a poster.
Box 9 : 1-6, 16 : 2

Los Angeles Dance Theater

Box 9 : 1

Clippings of reviews and feature stories, 1970-1973

Box 9 : 2

Company sponsorship information, 1970-1971

Box 9 : 3-4

Junior company, The Dance Players

Box 9 : 3

Class and performance photographs, undated

Box 9 : 4

Dance notes and notations, undated

Box 23OS : 4

Publicity poster, undated

Box 9 : 5

Photographs, 1972 and undated.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid.
Box 16 : 2

Photographs and photomontages, undated.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid and The Sisters.
Box 9 : 6

Programs, 1970-1971.

Note

Dances include Billy the Kid, The Capital of the World, Folk Dances in a Mythical Country, Prisms, and The Sisters.
Box 23OS : 4

Publicity poster, undated

Box 26OS

Scrapbook of announcements and clippings, 1969-1971

 

Series 5.  American School of Dance, 1947-1971.

Physical Description: 1.9 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs, clippings, advertisements, notes, and a scrapbook documenting Loring's directorship of the American School of Dance in Los Angeles and performance activities of the school's student company, especially the lecture/demonstration "Dance as a Language." Also included are a large number of photographs of dancers and dance companies that formed part of the school's study collection. The series is arranged topically.

Access

Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and must be used under close supervision of a Special Collections staff member.
Box 9 : 7

American School of Dance News, 1950

Box 9 : 8-12, 16 : 3

American School of Dance study collection

Box 9 : 8

Clippings, undated.

Note

Includes feature article on Tanaquil LeClercq.
Box 9 : 9

Diaghilev in death, and portraits and performance photographs from Colonel William de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, undated.

Physical Description: 75 photographs.

Note

Dancers include Irina Baronova, Andre Eglevsky, Marina Franca, Natalie Krassovska, Alicia Markova, Leonide Massine, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Mia Slavenska, Nini Theilade, and George Zoritch.
Box 9 : 10, 16 : 3

Miscellaneous photographs, undated.

Physical Description: 36 photographs in 2 folders.

Note

Photographs, several autographed, include Alicia Alonso, Patricia Bowman, Yvette Chauvire, Ruth Currier, Ninette de Valois, William Dollar, Paul Draper, Margot Fonteyn, Melissa Hayden, Robert Helpmann, Hanya Holm, Nora Kaye, Ethery Pagaua, Nathalie Philippart, Moira Shearer, Ruth St. Denis, and Igor Youskevitch.
Box 9 : 11

New York City Ballet, undated.

Physical Description: 13 photographs.

Note

Ballets include Age of Anxiety, Allegro Brilliante, Media, Seven Deadly Sins, Stars and Stripes, Swan Lake, and Western Symphony.
Box 9 : 12

Mary Wigman, undated.

Physical Description: 6 photographs.
Box 9 : 13

Clippings on Loring and miscellaneous dance brochures and newsletter, 1954-1970 and undated

Box 9 : 14

Dance class syllabi, undated

Box 9 : 15

Dance Magazine advertisements for the school, 1970

Box 9 : 16-18

Dance Players (student company)

Box 9 : 16

"Dance is a Language" program, programs and other materials, 1955-1961 and undated

Box 9 : 17-18

Performance and rehearsal photographs, 1961 and undated.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 10 : 1

Holiday cards, some containing correspondence to Loring, 1947-1953 and undated

Box 10 : 2-3

Methodology notes

Box 10 : 2

Asamyuta and rhythmic movement, undated

Box 10 : 3

Kineseography, undated

Box 10 : 4-6, 16 : 4-5

Photographs

Box 10 : 4

Class instruction, undated

Box 10 : 5

Faculty, undated.

Note

Includes Anna Austin, Madame Azuma, Barbara Bailey Plunk, Barbara Barrie, Selma Jean Cohen, Jack Cole, Margaret Craske, Ernest Flatt, Saida Gerard, Ruth Godfrey, Lotti Goslar, Aaron Guara, Paul Haakon, Mary Jane Hill, Ted Howard, Ruth Lert, Eugene Loring, Olga Lunick, Eleanor Marra, James Penrod, Carl Ratcliff, Bob Regger, Margaret Sales, Geri Salkin, Trudi Schoop, Jack Tygett, Margaret Westberg, and Sallie Whalen.
Box 16 : 4-5

Faculty and students, undated.

Physical Description: 2 folders.

Note

Includes Devi Dja, Frederick Franklin, and Eugene Loring.
Box 10 : 6

Faculty receptions, student groups, and miscellaneous others, undated

Box 10 : 7

Publicity and brochures, 1949-1971

Box 21OS

Scrapbook of clippings, brochures, and publicity, 1948-1955

 

Series 6.  University of California, Irvine (UCI), 1965-1986.

Physical Description: 0.6 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Loring's tenure as chairman of the Dance Department at UCI. The materials--chiefly photographs, clippings, and programs--primarily document performances of Loring's choreography and other student and faculty recitals at UCI. Also included are photographs of Antony Tudor taken while he was a visiting faculty member in the Dance Department. The series is arranged topically.
Box 10 : 8

Clippings regarding Loring, 1965-1979

Box 23OS : 1

Clippings and UC Irvine newspaper issues, 1969-1986 and undated

Box 10 : 9

Correspondence and thank-you cards, 1978-1979 and undated

Box 10 : 10 - 11 : 3

Loring choreography

Box 10 : 10

American Gothic, photographs, 1979

Box 10 : 11

Billy the Kid, photographs, slides, and ephemera, 1976

Box 23OS : 5

Poster, 1976

Box 11 : 1, 17 : 2

Catulli Carmina, photographs, 1969.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 11 : 2

The Sisters, photographs, 1978

Box 11 : 3

Unknown production, photographs, undated

Box 11 : 4-5

Loring memorial tribute

Box 11 : 4

Clippings and press release, 1982

Box 11 : 5, 17 : 3

Photographs of Loring and his ballets, undated.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 11 : 6

Loring teaching class, photographs, undated

Box 11 : 7

Oakland Ballet tribute to Loring at UC Irvine, autographed program and poster, 1981

Box 23OS : 5

Poster for faculty dance concert, 1978

Box 11 : 8

Programs for faculty and MFA student dance concerts, 1975-1979 and undated

Box 11 : 9

Visiting faculty, photographs of an Antony Tudor ballet and of Tudor teaching, undated

 

Series 7.  Biographical files, ca. 1930-1979.

Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of materials such as magazine articles, photographs, and an oral history transcript, which document Loring's career as a dancer and choreographer. The series is arranged topically.
Box 11 : 10-12

Magazine articles about Loring

Box 11 : 10

1942-1962

Box 11 : 11

1966-1968

Box 11 : 12

1973-1979

Box 12 : 1-2

New York Public Library Dance Collection, transcript of oral history interview of Loring by Marilyn Hunt, 1975-1976.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 12 : 3

Photographs, miscellaneous, 1955 and undated

Box 12 : 4-5, 17 : 1

Portrait photographs of Loring

Box 12 : 4

ca. 1930-ca. 1950

Box 17 : 1

ca. 1950-ca. 1970

Box 12 : 5

ca. 1970s

Box 12 : 6

Theater productions, 1962 and undated

 

Series 8.  Clugston and Maudlin dance scrapbooks, 1936-1947.

Physical Description: 3 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of scrapbooks that were not compiled by Eugene Loring and the provenance of which is not entirely clear. The H.N. Clugston scrapbook contains clippings concerning the Ballet Russe from British periodicals and newspapers from 1938-1940. The clippings were supplied by Durant's Press Cuttings service of London. The clippings in the scrapbook are supplemented by additional loose clippings that were never mounted in the scrapbook. The remaining five scrapbooks belonged to Mary Ann Maudlin, who was the goddaughter of the Russian ballerina Alexandria Danilova and a chorus dancer in Three Wishes for Jamie, a musical choreographed by Loring for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. These scrapbooks contain photographs, programs, clippings, and ephemera chiefly concerning the Russian ballet. Many of the photographs are autographed. The original order of the materials within the scrapbooks has been maintained, except in those places where items have come loose from the scrapbook pages.

Access

Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and must be used under close supervision of a Special Collections staff member.
Box 20OS

Clugston, H. N., scrapbook, 1938-1940.

Note

Scrapbook contain clippings concerning the Russian ballet from English periodicals such as Bystander, Picture Post, and Sketch.
Box 12 : 7

Loose clippings not inserted in scrapbook, 1937-1940 and undated

Box 18OS-20OS

Maudlin, Mildred Ann.

Note

Scrapbooks contain clippings from newspapers and magazines, pamphlets, programs, correspondence, and photographs, many autographed. Scrapbooks mainly document the Russian ballet during the mid-20th century, but also contain articles on many other kinds of dance. Dancers include Irina Baronova, Natalie Krassovska, David Lichine, Leonide Massine, Anna Pavlova, Paul Petroff, Janet Reed, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Mia Slavenska, Tamara Toumanova, Vera Zorina, and others.
Box 18OS

No. 1, 1936-1941 and undated

Box 18OS

No. 2, 1938-1941 and undated

Box 19OS

No. 3, 1937-1947 and undated

Box 19OS

No. 4, 1940-1941 and undated

Box 20OS

No. 5, 1936-1940 and undated

 

Series 9.  Topical files, 1932-1977.

Physical Description: 0.7 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes miscellaneous photographs, clippings, and other materials concerning dancers and dance companies that were collected by Loring during his lifetime. Some of the photographs are autographed to H.N. Clugston (see scrapbook in Series 8), and it is unclear how these came to be in Loring's papers. The series is arranged topically.
Box 12 : 8-12

Dance companies

Box 12 : 8

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Box 23OS : 7

Clippings, publicity, and service call sheets, 1937-1943

Box 12 : 8

Photographs, undated.

Note

Dances include Gaite Parisiènne, Ghost Town, The Nutcracker, Polka Game, and Scheherazade.
Box 12 : 9

Cabaret Concerts Company, photographs, undated

Box 12 : 10

Coronet Ballet Company

Box 12 : 10

Photographs, programs, and publicity, 1951 and undated.

Note

Dancers include Joan Collenette and Lila Zali, with director and choreographer Lasar Galpern.
Box 23OS : 8

Poster, undated

Box 12 : 11

Lester Horton Dance Theater, photographs, undated.

Note

Dancers include Carmen de Lavallade, Vida Solomon, and James Truitte.
Box 12 : 12

San Francisco Ballet, photographs, undated.

Note

Dancers include Ruby Asquith, Carolyn George, Elena Maz, Peter Nelson, Lois Treadwell, and Jocelyn Vollmar.
Box 12 : 13, 33OS : 6

Dance periodicals not containing articles about Loring, 1932-1975.

Physical Description: 2 folders.

Note

Includes scattered issues of The American Dancer, Ballet Dancer, Dance, Dance News, The Stage, and Style en France.
Box 12 : 14

Dance sequences in film musicals, photographs, and Tales of Hoffman, program and cast list, 1951 and undated.

Note

Includes among others Leslie Caron, Marge Champion, Gene Kelley, Janet Leigh, Gene Nelson, and Debbie Reynolds.
Box 13 : 1

Federal Theatre Project, programs, 1938 and undated

Box 13 : 2-9

Individual dancers

Box 13 : 2-3

A-C

Box 13 : 2

Collins, Janet. Programs, publicity, and clippings, 1949-1951 and undated

Box 23OS : 8

Cunningham, Merce. Clippings, 1977

Box 13 : 3

Photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Diana Adams, Alicia Alonso, Haruyo Azuma, Jean Babilée, Irina Baronova, Herbert Bliss, John Butler, Gisella Caccialanza, Yvette Chauviré, Yvonne Chouteau, and Lew Christensen.
Box 13 : 4

D-G, photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Fred Danieli, Norman Dello Joio, Devi Dja, Anatal Dorati, Freda Flier, Frederick Franklin, and Lotte Goslar.
Box 13 : 5

H-K, photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Paul Haakon, Bernice Holmes (autographed), Alba Kavan, Michael Kidd, John Krisa, and Efrem Kurtz (autographed).
Box 13 : 6

L, photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Tanaquil Le Clerq, Zoya Leporska, Bella Lewitzky, David Lichine (autographed), Serge Lifar, and José Limón.
Box 13 : 7

M-R, photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Alicia Markova, Milada Mladova, Michael Mordikin (autographed), Mary Ellen Moylan, Bronislava Nijinska, Nina Novak, Keith Page, Marie Jeanne Pelus, Janet Reed, Janice Roman, Lubov Rostova, and Lubov Roudenko.
Box 13 : 8

S, photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Ruth St. Denis, Trudi Schoop, Roman Segana, Uday Shankar, Mia Slavenska, Igor Stravinsky (autographed), Olga Suarez, and Sujata.
Box 13 : 9

T-Z, photographs, undated.

Note

Includes Maria Tallchief, John Taras, Gertrude Tyven, Eileen Whitson, Ethyl Winters, Igor Youskevitch, and Vera Zorina (autographed).
Box 23OS : 8

Maynard, Olga. "The Male Dancer," San Diego Union clipping, 1966

Box 13 : 10

Watercolor sketches of dancers and a stage set, undated