The collection is comprised of correspondence, typescripts, manuscripts, newspaper
clippings, programs and ephemera collected by Ruth St. Denis' publicist, Clarence
McGehee. Most materials, including a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, pertain to Ruth
St. Denis and the Denishawn Dancers. Other materials pertain to contemporaries of Ruth
St. Denis in the dance world, including Ted Shawn, members of Ballet Russe, Isadora
Duncan, Martha Graham, Norma Gould and Trudi Schoop. Also in the collection are clippings
of an anonymous author's newspaper column; McGehee may be the author. Items date from
circa 1908 to 1937.
Clarence McGehee was a writer and publicist for Ruth St. Denis in the first decade of the
twentieth century. He collected materials primarily by and about Ruth St. Denis and also
gathered information on many of her dance contemporaries. McGehee was a resident of
Redondo Beach, California.
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.