Finding Aid for the Elyse Robert collection on Ruth St. Denis, 1932-1991

Processed by Kelley Wolfe Bachli in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2009; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Elyse Robert collection on Ruth St. Denis
Date (inclusive): 1932-1991
Collection number: 1735
Creator: St. Denis, Ruth
Extent: 1 document box (.5 linear feet) 3 oversize costume boxes.
Abstract: Elyse Robert (1901-1993) danced for Ruth St. Denis' Church of the Divine Dance between 1934 and 1968. During this time, Robert performed with Ruth St. Denis (1880-1968), a pioneer of modern dance, for many events and in numerous churches in the Los Angeles area. Collection includes dance costumes, correspondence, programs, photographs, and notes about Ruth St. Denis performances.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Box 4 stored off-site at SRLF. Boxes 1-3 stored on-site. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mark Robert, 2006.

Processing Note

Processed by Kelley Wolfe Bachli in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2009.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elyse Robert collection on Ruth St. Denis (Collection Number 1735). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Elyse Robert (1901-1993) danced for Ruth St. Denis' Church of the Divine Dance between 1934 and 1968. During this time, Robert performed with Ruth St. Denis (1880-1968), a pioneer of modern dance, for many events and in numerous churches in the Los Angeles area.

Scope and Content

Collection includes material by and about Elyse Robert and Ruth St. Denis, including correspondence, programs, photographs, and notes about Ruth St. Denis dances and costumes. Boxes 1-3 in the collection contain costumes that belonged to Elyse Robert and were probably used in her dance performance with Ruth St. Denis. Box 4 contains photographs of dancers, newspaper clippings, programs, and dance choreography.

Organization and Arrangement

  1. Boxes 1-3: costumes that belonged to Elyse Robert and were probably used in her dance performance with Ruth St. Denis.
  2. Box 4: photographs of dancers, newspaper clippings, programs, and dance choreography.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Elyse Robert.
Ruth St. Denis

Related Material

Ruth St. Denis Papers (Collection 1031)  . Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

White floor length, long sleeve gown with weighted bottom hem undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 1, Folder 2

Two cream colored floor lenth capes with tassles undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 2, Folder 1

Blue sari with silver ribbon trim undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 2, Folder 2

White floor length, long sleeve gown with weighted bottom hem undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 2, Folder 3

Two cream colored long sleeve, v-neck gowns undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 3, Folder 1

Six rope belts, one crochet skull cap, one crochet scarf, and one beaded crown undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 3, Folder 2

Cream colored floor length, long sleeve, scoop neck gown undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 3, Folder 3

Cream colored floor length, zip-up gown undated

Note

Boxes 1-3 are stored in the B-level stacks on top of Rare Books, Range 15.
Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs of Ruth St. Denis and other dancers. Many of the photographs are inscribed to Elyse Robert. 29 photographs and 2 negatives. 1932 -1952, 1991, and undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Photocopies of photographs of Ruth St. Denis and other dancers. undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings of advertisements and article critiques about Ruth St. Denis performances 1945 March - 1954 December

Box 4, Folder 4

Poems, some by Ruth St. Denis, many unattributed undated

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence to Elyse Robert 1940, 1991, and undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Dance choreography undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Ruth St. Denis and Elyse Robert dance programs 1945-1957

Box 4, Folder 8

Writings by Ruth St. Denis and Elyse Robert 1947 and undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Religious images, pamphlets and printed material 1962 and undated

Box 4, Folder 10

Society of Spiritual Arts programs and informational handout undated

Box 4, Folder 11

Scrapbook of poems, hand written programs, clipping, and Winter 1993 issue of Sacred Dance Guild Journal 1993 and undated

Box 4, Folder 12

Elyse Robert obituary and 2 photographs undated