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Guide to the Photograph Collection on Katherine Dunham
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Series 1.  Publicity photographs circa 1951-1959, undated

Physical Description: 0.6 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises approximately 300 publicity images taken of Dunham and her company between 1951 and 1959. It includes portraits of Dunham, photographs of the company in tourist locales, posed photographs of Dunham with her family, and artwork depicting Dunham and her dancers.

Arrangement

The series is organized alphabetically by subject.
Box : Folder FB-2 : 10-11

Ballet: Ideario de la danza 1954-1955

Physical Description: 11 black-and-white photographic prints

Scope and Content Note

From a Spanish-language magazine that featured Dunham.
 

Florence, Italy

Box : Folder 1 : 1-2

Boboli Gardens 1959 May

Physical Description: 83 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 1 : 3

Ferragamo's 1959 May

Physical Description: 14 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 1 : 4

Ponte Vecchio 1959 May

Physical Description: 10 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 1 : 5

San Miniato al Monte 1959 May

Physical Description: 12 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 1 : 6

Settignano 1959 May

Physical Description: 7 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 1 : 7

Villa I Tatti 1959 May

Physical Description: 5 black-and-white photographic proofs

Scope and Content Note

Photographed with American art historian, Bernard Berenson.
Box : Folder 1 : 8

"Happy New Year" circa 1951

Physical Description: 13 black-and-white photographic prints

Scope and Content Note

Photographs by Studio Iris show Dunham with husband Pratt painting "Happy New Year" on a canvas.
Box : Folder 1 : 9

Notebook of publicity proofs by Annemarie Heinrich, Buenos Aires undated

Physical Description: 17 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 1 : 10-15

Portraits of Dunham undated

Physical Description: 124 black-and-white photographic prints and 3 black-and-white photographic proofs

Scope and Content Note

Photographs are of Dunham in various costumes. Photographers include Raymond Voinquel, Dora de Zucker, Studio Iris, B. M. Bernand, and Hector Garcia.
Box : Folder 1 : 16

Portraits of Dunham dancers undated

Physical Description: 3 black-and-white photographic prints

Scope and Content Note

Depicts two unidentified women and dancer Oscar Puente. Photographers include Foto-Semo, Nacho Lopez, and Fred Clark of Hollywood Studios.
Box : Folder 1 : 17

Souvenir drawings of Dunham and dancers by John Pratt and Waldo Glory undated

Box : Folder 1 : 18

Souvenir album of Dunham and dancers undated

Scope and Content Note

8 pages of black-and-white photographic proofs titled "Grande Serata di Gala al Teatro Sociale di Biella in Onore alla Grande Katherine Dunham."
 

Series 2.  Performance photographs 1938-1954, undated

Physical Description: 0.6 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises approximately 350 photographs taken of Katherine Dunham Dance Company performances in the United States and abroad.

Arrangement

The series is organized alphabetically by title of dance or performance.
Box : Folder 1 : 19

Afrique circa 1949

Physical Description: 1 postcard and 7 photographic prints
 

L'Ag'Ya

 

Germany 1954

Box : Folder 1 : 20

Berlin, by Herbert Tobias 1954 May

Physical Description: 2 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 1 : 21

Unidentified city 1954

Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print
Box : Folder 1 : 22

Rome, Italy undated

Physical Description: 3 black-and-white photographic prints and 3 black-and-white photographic proofs
 

United States

Box : Folder 1 : 23-24

Chicago, Illinois, by Zoltan Glass and others 1938

Physical Description: 28 black-and-white photographic prints
Box : Folder 1 : 25

Las Vegas, Nevada undated

Physical Description: 11 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 1

Unknown location, by Studio Iris undated

Physical Description: 2 black-and-white photographic prints and 1 black-and-white photographic proof
Box : Folder 2 : 2

Bahiana, by Studio Iris and others undated

Physical Description: 11 black-and-white photographic prints
 

Barrelhouse

Box : Folder 2 : 3

Paris, France: Théatre des Champs élysées, by B. M. Bernand undated

Physical Description: 8 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 2 : 4

Germany 1954

Physical Description: 4 black-and-white photographic prints
Box : Folder 2 : 5

Las Vegas, Nevada undated

Physical Description: 2 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 6-7

Unknown location, by Studio Bernand, Teddy Piaz, and others circa 1952 and undated

Physical Description: 10 black-and-white photographic prints and 1 black-and-white contact sheet
 

Batacuda (or Batucada)

Box : Folder 2 : 8

Lima, Peru 1951 January

Physical Description: 4 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 2 : 9

Unknown location undated

Physical Description: 1 black-and-white contact sheet
Box : Folder 2 : 10

Choros undated

Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print
Box : Folder 2 : 11

Flaming Youth undated

Physical Description: 1 black-and-white contact sheet
Box : Folder 2 : 12

Le Jazz Hot undated

Physical Description: 2 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 13

Mambo 1954

Physical Description: 6 black-and-white photographic prints
Box : Folder 2 : 14

Rites de Passage undated

Physical Description: 42 black-and-white photographic proofs and 3 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 15

Shango undated

Physical Description: 2 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 16

Tropical Revue, by Alfredo Valente circa 1943

Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic prints
 

Tropics

Box : Folder 2 : 17

Las Vegas, Nevada undated

Physical Description: 6 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 18-19

Unknown locations undated

Physical Description: 17 black-and-white photographic prints and 2 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 20

Veracruzana undated

Physical Description: 7 black-and-white photographic prints and 4 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 2 : 21

Woman with a Cigar, Germany 1954

Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print
Box : Folder 2 : 22

Miscellaneous performances undated

Physical Description: 16 black-and-white contact sheets
 

Unidentified dances

 

Paris, France

Box : Folder FB-2 : 12

Palais de Chaillot undated

Physical Description: 66 black-and-white photographic proofs pasted onto cardboard
Box : Folder 2 : 23

Théatre des Champs élysées undated

Physical Description: 13 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 2 : 24

Germany 1954

Physical Description: 6 black-and-white photographic prints
Box : Folder 2 : 25

Rome, Italy undated

Physical Description: 11 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 2 : 26-27, FB-2 : 13

Unknown locations, by Studio Iris, Gill Pax, Photo Chadel, and others undated

Physical Description: 25 black-and-white photographic prints, 1 Technicolor photographic print, 11 black-and-white photographic proofs, and 1 postcard
 

Series 3.  Backstage and candid photographs 1949-1954

Physical Description: 0.3 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises approximately 225 photographs of Katherine Dunham, her family, and her dancers in candid situations, backstage before, during, and after performances, and in rehearsal.

Arrangement

This series is organized alphabetically by subject.
Box : Folder 3 : 1

Miscellaneous candid photographs of Dunham undated

Physical Description: 6 black-and-white photographic prints
 

Performances

Box : Folder 3 : 2

Afrique, backstage at Teatro Municipal, Lima, Peru 1951 January

Physical Description: 1 sepia-toned photograph and 26 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 3 : 3-4

L'Ag'Ya candid photographs, location unknown circa 1951, undated

Physical Description: 5 sepia-toned postcards and 17 black-and-white photographic proofs
 

Assorted performances

Box : Folder 3 : 5

Berlin, Germany, by Herbert Tobias 1954

Physical Description: 25 black-and-white photographic proofs and 19 black-and-white contact sheets
Box : Folder 3 : 6

Rome, Italy undated

Physical Description: 25 black-and-white photographic prints and 10 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 3 : 7

Lima, Peru 1951 January

Physical Description: 7 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 3 : 8

Unknown location undated

Physical Description: 7 sepia-toned postcards
 

Rehearsals

Box : Folder 3 : 9

Brussels, Belgium 1949

Physical Description: 49 sepia-toned photographic prints
Box : Folder 3 : 10

Berlin, Germany 1954 May

Physical Description: 6 black-and-white contact sheets

Scope and Content Note

Photographs by Herbert Tobias depict Dunham Dancers dancing on the Reichstag building.
Box : Folder 3 : 11

Rome, Italy undated

Physical Description: 26 black-and-white photographic proofs
Box : Folder 3 : 12

Unknown location undated

Physical Description: 4 black-and-white photographic prints
 

Series 4.  Correspondence 1952-1959

Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises letters written by Katherine Dunham, her secretary Margery Scott, photographer Hans Suter, and others. The letters mainly discuss logistical information, such as the transport of luggage and financial matters. Letters from Hans Suter concern photograph orders and ask permission to use photographs of Dunham in a Swiss magazine article.

Arrangement

This series is organized chronologically.
Box : Folder 3 : 13

Letters 1952-1959