Finding Aid for the Collection of Material about Daniel Nagrin, 1941-1982

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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Collection of Material about Daniel Nagrin, 1941-1982

Collection number: 1335

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Lilace Hatayama and Ray Senesac, November 1983
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, February 2004
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Collection of Material about Daniel Nagrin,
Date (inclusive): 1941-1982
Collection number: 1335
Creator: Nagrin, Daniel
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Daniel Nagrin (b.1917) was an American modern and theatrical dancer and choreographer. He performed in numerous dance productions, staged the dances for a jungle musical film, His majesty O'Keefe (Warner Brothers, 1954) and partnered Miriam Pandor in the dance numbers in Just for you (Paramount, 1952). In the 1960s, he co-directed the Tamiris-Nagrin Company and Workshop with his wife, Helen Tamiris. His solo repertory included Strange hero (1948), The fall (1978), and Jacaranda (1979). The collection consists of clippings, programs, and printed materials related to Nagrin's life and career.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative 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.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection of Material about Daniel Nagrin (Collection 1335). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Nagrin was born May 22, 1917 in New York City; he received his early basic dance training and performance experience with the Experimental Dance Unit, under Bill Matons, with classes taught by Charles Weidman and the Dance Unit directed by Anna Sokolow; he also studied with Elizabeth Anderson-Ivantzova, Edward Caton, Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, and Helen Tamiris; as an American modern and theatrical dancer and choreographer he performed in Façade--expositione Italiana (1938), Liberty song (1942), Up in Central Park (1945), Annie get your gun (1946), Inside USA (1948), Touch and go (1949), Bless you all (1950), Plain and fancy (1955); he staged the dances for a jungle musical film, His majesty O'Keefe (Warner Brothers, 1954) and partnered Miriam Pandor in the dance numbers in Just for you (Paramount, 1952); he co-directed the Tamiris-Nagrin Company and Workshop in the 1960s with his wife, Helen Tamiris; his solo repertory included Strange hero (1948), The fall (1978), and Jacaranda (1979).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of clippings, programs, and printed materials related to the life and career of dancer Daniel Nagrin. Includes a black and white poster of Daniel Nagrin (ca. 1980).

Expanded Scope and Content Note

Daniel Nagrin, American dancer and choreographer, was born in New York in 1917. He studied modern dance with Helen Tamiris, Martha Graham, Hanya Holm and others, and ballet with Elizabeth Anderson-Ivantzova and Edward Caton. He began performing in 1940, appearing in many Broadway musicals, among them Annie get your gun (1946) and Plain and fancy (1955) and as a soloist with many dance companies. He toured the U.S. with his program of solos, “Dance Portraits.” Nagrin married dancer Helen Tamiris, founding a dance company with her in 1960. The company disbanded in 1963, and the couple divorced in 1964. Nagrin continues to choreograph and perform. He has completed 2 full-length works, “Peloponnesian Wars” (1968) and “Ruminations” (1976), and performed “Jacaranda (a dance),” written for him by playwright Sam Shepard.
The collection consists of clippings, programs, and other ephemera, and a dance poster.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Collection arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Nagrin, Daniel.
Male dancers--United States--Archival resources.
Choreographers--United States--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

1941.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 1, Folder 2

1942.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 3

1947.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 4

1949.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 5

1951.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 6

1952.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 7

1953.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 1, Folder 8

1954.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 9

1955.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 10

1956.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 11

1957.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 1, Folder 12

1958.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 1, Folder 13

1959.

Physical Description: 17 items.
Box 1, Folder 14

1960.

Physical Description: 19 items.
Box 1, Folder 15

1961.

Physical Description: 12 items.
Box 1, Folder 16

1962.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 1, Folder 17

1963.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 1, Folder 18

1964.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 1, Folder 19

1965.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 1, Folder 20

1966.

Physical Description: 18 items.
Box 1, Folder 21

1967.

Physical Description: 14 items.
Box 1, Folder 22

1968.

Physical Description: 20 items.
Box 1, Folder 23

1969.

Physical Description: 22 items.
Box 1, Folder 24

1970.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 1, Folder 25

1971.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 1, Folder 26

1972.

Physical Description: 35 items.
Box 1, Folder 27

1973.

Physical Description: 36 items.
Box 1, Folder 28

1974.

Physical Description: 16 items.
Box 1, Folder 29

1975.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 30

1976.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 31

1977.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 1, Folder 32

1978.

Physical Description: 13 items.
Box 1, Folder 33

1979.

Physical Description: 27 items.
Box 1, Folder 34

1980.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 35

1981.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 36

1982.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Oversize Box 2

Black and white poster of Daniel Nagrin. n.p. n.d. (ca. 1980?).

Physical Description: 24.2 × 40.8 cm.