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Alpheus Koon papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alpheus Koon papers
    Dates: circa 1938-1977
    Collection Number: 2019-80
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: .2 linear feet (1 half manuscript box)
    Repository: GLBT Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Abstract: The collection includes material related to ballet dancer Alpheus Koon, including World War II-era correspondence from Koon’s friends, family, and lovers. From the correspondence, Koon appears to have been in intimate relationships with several of the male correspondents. Material dates from circa 1938-1977, with the bulk of the material dated in the 1940s.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Alpheus Koon papers. GLBT Historical Society

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Christopher Chase, September 2019.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes material related to ballet dancer Alpheus Koon, including World War II-era correspondence from Koon’s friends, family, and lovers. From the correspondence, Koon appears to have been in intimate relationships with several of the male correspondents. Material dates from circa 1938-1977, with the bulk of the material dated in the 1940s. Materials include photographs, correspondence, ephemera, and clippings. Major subjects include WWII, dance and ballet. Alpheus Koon (1918-1969) was a ballet dancer who was a soloist for the American Ballet Theater from 1941-1945 and artistic director of the Tampa Civic Ballet from 1953-1963. Before the American Ballet Theater, he had danced with the St. Louis Municipal Opera; afterwards and before his work in Tampa, he performed with the Original Ballet Russe and at Radio City Music Hall. Koon, a doctor's son, had also been a pre-med student at the University of Tennessee. He contributed to Grace Robert's Borzoi Book of Ballets. GSSO Linked Terms: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_004299; http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_008536; http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_000374

    Indexing Terms

    Dance
    World War, 1939-1945
    Gay men