This collection comprises approximately
875 photographs of Katherine Dunham, the renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher,
anthropologist, and humanitarian, and of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company. The collection
contains photographic prints, proofs, contact sheets, and postcards depicting performances,
rehearsals, portraits publicity efforts, and candid moments. The collection also contains
typewritten letters concerning payment for photographs and other logistical matters of the
Katherine Dunham was a choreographer, dancer, teacher, writer, anthropologist, social
activist, and one of the founders of the anthropological dance movement. She was the creator
of the Dunham Technique, which blends African and Caribbean-based rhythm with classical
movement and greatly influenced American modern dance.
1.6 Linear Feet
(3 boxes and 4 oversized folders)
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 Archives.
The collection is open for research.