The John Dougherty Papers illustrate Dougherty's multi-faceted career and the world of
Los Angeles dance and theater from 1956 to 1983. This collection reflects dance in Los
Angeles from the local dance academy to the visiting international company. Do ugherty, a
dancer, writer and lecturer, created original writings and teaching materials and
collected programs, press releases, photographs, correspondence, and clippings. Early
materials (ca. 1928-1940), including photographs, document aspects of his pe rforming
career as a dancer and actor.
John Ellwood Dougherty was a dance critic, who had a long and multi-faceted career in the
performing arts, including dancing, acting, production, and teaching. He was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 3, 1910. Rudolph Valentino and the mysti cal
photographs in The American Dancer of the "Oriental dancers," Ruth St.
Denis and Ted Shawn, inspired Dougherty and sparked his interests and aspirations in
dance and theater.
23 linear feet
Number of containers: 50 document boxes and 1 flat box
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 University Archives.
Collection is open for research.