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Finding Aid for the Ernest Belcher Papers, 1900-1964
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ernest Belcher Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1964
    Collection number: 544
    Creator: Belcher, Ernest, 1882-1973
    Extent: 4 boxes (2.0 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Belcher was born in London, England, in 1883. He studied ballet in London and was the principal danseur at the Alhambra Theatre (1902-09). He founded the Celeste School of Dance in 1916, which supplied dancers for films and produced ballets for Hollywood Bowl concerts from 1923-36. His career as a film dance director took off in 1918 when he staged dances for D.W. Griffiths' Broken Blossoms. He was the trainer and coach of many film performers including Beth Beri, Mary Pickford, Pola Negri, Ramon Navarro, Nanette Fabray and Shirley Temple. The collection consists of material related to Belcher's involvement with the dance community. Includes issues of various dance periodicals, articles by and submitted to Belcher, as well as Belcher's notes, sketches, scrapbooks, and teaching materials. Also includes a taped interview of Belcher and a paper titled Ernest Belcher, the father of ballet in Southern California.
    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.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ernest Belcher Papers (Collection 544). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Belcher was born in London, England, in 1883; studied ballet in London and was the principal danseur at the Alhambra Theatre (1902-09); came to Los Angeles, 1915; founded Celeste School of Dance in 1916, which supplied dancers for films; produced ballets for Hollywood Bowl concerts, 1923-36; his career as a film dance director took off in 1918 when he staged dances for D.W. Griffiths' Broken Blossoms; also worked in silent era films for directors Cecil B. de Mille, Mack Sennett, and Thomas H. Ince; trainer and coach of many film performers, including Beth Beri, Mary Pickford, Pola Negri, Ramon Navarro, Nanette Fabray and Shirley Temple; died on February 24, 1973 in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to Belcher's involvement with the dance community. Includes issues of various dance periodicals, articles by and submitted to Belcher, as well as Belcher's notes, sketches, scrapbooks, and teaching materials. Also includes a taped interview of Belcher and a paper titled Ernest Belcher, the Father of Ballet in Southern California. The notebooks contain sketches and drawings related to Belcher's choreography and dance instruction. Photographs are of Belcher's students and family, and of various productions.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Articles for publication.
    2. Teaching materials.
    3. Photographs.
    4. Notebooks containing Belcher's notes and sketches.
    5. Programs, scores, and scrapbooks.
    6. Dance periodicals.
    7. Interview.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Belcher, Ernest--1882-1973--Archives.
    Dance teachers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Ballet dancers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Ballet in motion pictures, television, etc.
    Dance in motion pictures, television, etc.
    Ballet--Study and teaching--California--Los Angeles.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • #16 - Book: The Dance, by Troy and Margaret West Kinney,
      Date: 1914.
    • #17 - Book: Eurhythmics in Art and Education, E. Jaques-Dalcroze,
      Date: 1935.
    • #18 - Book: Adeline Genee, Ivor Guest,
      Date: 1958.
    • #33 - Book: The Dance,
      Date: November 1928.