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The Administrative Files series holds records pertaining to a range of subjects. Some files contain materials related to magazine contributors, writers, and personnel, such as article drafts, poetry, timesheets, invoices, resumes, writing samples, and correspondence. Other files contain materials pertaining to business management, such as customer directories, invoices, professional correspondence, advertising leads, advertising solicitation letters, budgets, a two-year plan, and a history of Dance Pages. Additional materials include supply catalogs, brochures, photocopy request forms and receipts, magazine reply card layouts, personal correspondence, handwritten notes, press clippings, performance programs, a cooperative society newsletter, a magazine, photographs, and 35 mm slides.

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Contains materials created or collected by Primus (and occasionally Borde) including correspondence, printed materials, notes, writings, and other materials. Prevalent are materials from Primus' second trip to Africa, including receipts, expense lists, notes, writings, poetry, project proposals, and memorabilia. Borde's activities in Africa during this time are documented by similar materials, as well as diaries, travel documents, and permits. Materials related to Primus' academic career, from high school student to college professor, are in the Notebooks and Notes subject folders. Course materials primarily date to Primus' tenure on the faculty of the Five College Dance Department and at SUNY-Buffalo's Cora P. Maloney College. Primus' daily life is characterized by personal notes, schedules, itineraries, and six diaries, which contain Primus' daily "to do" lists as well as shopping and correspondence lists and some financial information. Occasionally they contain brief musings or phrases of poetry she composed.

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Contains various drafts of Primus' doctoral dissertation at New York University entitled "A Study of Sculpture-Dance as a Factor in the Enculturation of the Mano People of Liberia, West Africa, Between 1948 and 1963." The final version of the dissertation is not included. Also included are photocopies of research materials and illustrations used in the dissertation. Primus began her research in Liberia during the tour sponsored by Rosenwald Foundation in 1949, continued it during a brief visit to Liberia in 1952, and continued it again from 1959 to 1963. Primus' dissertation proposal, begun in 1959, was approved in 1975. Her doctorate was awarded in 1978 upon completion of the dissertation.

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Includes 15 reels of 8mm film, primarily containing images of Africa shot by Primus in either 1949 or 1960 to 1963. This series also contains amateur VHS footage of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre rehearsing Primus' Impinyuza and of a speech Primus presented at Howard University in 1992. Also present is an interview with Primus conducted for the Standifer Oral History Archive in 1989, as well as a 1981 feature on Primus by Schenectady PBS affiliate WMHT. Titles are transcribed from the original label on each item.

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Contains 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotapes and audiocassettes belonging to Primus, including interviews with Primus in 1950 and 1956 and a lecture-demonstration on "Dance and Life Crisis". This series also contains a copy of Pearl Primus' Africa, a set of three phonograph records of African stories, proverbs, and songs that Primus narrated, as well as copies of four other native music LPs. Also included are recordings of chants, drumming, and singing likely used to accompany rehearsals, or perhaps made to preserve native songs and rhythms for future study, although these are largely unidentified. Home recordings and duplicates of popular music, including Josh White, Miles Davis, Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday, are also included.

Titles are copied from the original labels on the boxes of the sound reels and audiocassettes. Additional notes appear in brackets, including spelled-out abbreviations and uncertain readings of illegible titles.

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Contains seven plaques, awarded for achievement in modern dance, anthropology, and teaching, and the 1991 Medal of Arts, awarded by President George H. W. Bush. This series also contains three female and one male ballet slippers, assumed to have belonged to Primus and her husband, Percival, and three dance costumes presumably worn by Primus. Notable is the one identifiable costume, worn by Primus during performances of The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Strange Fruit in the mid-1940s.

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Box 69

Contains correspondence between audience and participants and ADF members. Materials include correspondence from audience members writing to express appreciation or unhappiness regarding ADF presentations and inquiries regarding programs, school visitation, and local accommodations. Series also includes congratulatory letters and telegrams from ADF personnel and students and personal letters to the directors regarding administrative details and personal appreciation for the festival. In addition, there are miscellaneous form letters to the community such as a 1951 form letter inviting local artists to sketch dance classes.

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Box 74

Contains correspondence informing interested parties of the death of Ruth Bloomer, donations to the scholarship fund established in her honor, and acknowledgements of these donations, correspondence regarding the loss of Doris Humphrey and materials regarding a Doris Humphrey memorial program, funding requests and acknowledgements regarding the Louis Horst Memorial Fund and the 1964 Louis Horst Memorial Concert, materials regarding the 1973 Jose Limon Memorial Film Program, and materials regarding the Simon Sadoff Award to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of musical conductors in dance.

Arranged chronologically.

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Contains material pertaining to the daily workings of ALFA, including events ALFA sponsored or participated in and the publicity for these events; information about individual members; fundraising for the organization; committees within the organization; meetings; correspondence; information about the Southern Feminist Library and Archives; and Atalanta, ALFA's newsletter.

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A range of materials from across Bassett's professional life are held in this series. Subjects are arranged alphabetically and include professional organizations; medical topics; public health issues; medical history, including genealogy for Georgia physicians; and other miscellaneous topics. Bassett's files include both his collected and composed notes as well as printed materials and typescript excerpts from other publications.

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Arranged alphabetically by book title. Folders for single stories are filed after the book titles in a separate alphabetical sequence. Writings in other genres, including poetry, and miscellaneous fragments of fiction manuscripts appear at the end of the series. A number of the typescripts were printed out from diskettes included in the collection; these are marked with a "Disk" number in the upper left hand corner of the first page.

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Printed materials by and about Bausch. Includes some early stories in journals, clippings, reviews, publicity material, and miscellaneous other printed items. Arrangement parallels the general structure of the Writings Series: fiction first, followed by writings in other genres and ending with miscellaneous materials about Bausch and other topics.

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Mainly photocopies and microfilms of primary documents and secondary sources, writings and notes associated with those sources, bibliography materials, and data culled from primary archival sources and organized by topic. Also includes printed documents which were originally on computer disk. Divided into sixteen subseries.

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Research notes, manuscripts on paper and floppy diskettes, and some correspondence relating to the serial Cambridge History of American Literature, of which Bercovitch is general editor. Research notes chiefly relate to Bercovitch's work on colonial American literature and religion, particularly on the Puritans in New England, and American humor. Also includes drafts with corrections of A Cultural Model of Literary Studies, and Literary Context, both by Bercovitch. Another set of files consists of writings by others, curriculum vitae, and more correspondence pertaining to the Cambridge serial. Some correspondence and articles date from the 1940s and 1950s and were written by Bryna Bercovitch in Yiddish; English translations included. Some later correspondence is comprised of email printed out. There is also material documenting his work as an English professor at Harvard, such as student correspondence and papers, and material regarding Yiddish literature.

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Addition (01-091) (1700 items, dated 1995-2001) contains primarily e-mail correspondence with colleagues and students. Also includes teaching materials, a 1996 lecture on John Winthrop, and translations of writings (1943-1950) in Yiddish by Bryna Bercovitch.

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Addition (01-211) (1500 items, 1.2 linear feet; dated 1991-2001 and n.d.) consists primarily of email correspondence with colleagues and students (1995-2001). Also includes drafts of writings sent to Bercovitch (1991-1999 and n.d.) and materials relating to a public television series concerning American literature.

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Addition (02-255) (1200 items, 1.2 lin. ft.; dated 2001-2002) contains primarily email correspondence with colleagues, friends, and former students. Also includes publication drafts (undated) by Bercovitch, particularly proofs of "Deadpan Huck," which was published in the Kenyon Review, and information about Bercovitch's retirement at the end of 2001.

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Addition (04-093) (1500 items, 2.4 lin. ft.; dated 2003-2004) contains primarily printouts of email correspondence with colleagues and friends regarding American literature, Yiddish literature, and other topics.

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Addition (05-074) (4276 items, 7.2 lin. ft.; dated 1983-2005) comprises primarily personal and professional email correspondence (2001-2005); research notes; other correspondence; and teaching materials from courses taught in the 1980s.

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Additions (08-103 and 09-145) (7200 items; 9.6 lin. ft.; dated 1973-2009) includes printouts of email correspondence (both professional, personal, and class-related); research/lecture notecards on various books and authors; course packets with articles and readings on Puritans, Jewish-American literature, and general American literature; reviews of some of Bercovitch's books; materials from the publication of The Art of Sylvia Ary; and miscellaneous teaching materials and articles.

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Series consists of three subseries. The Books Subseries includes fourteen published works with Bercovitch's notations in the margins. Correspondence Subseries consists of one folder with letters ranging from 2002 to 2010. The bulk of the letter are from past students. The Printed Material Subseries holds two articles; one from 1967 entitled "Teenager's resentment dissolves in foster home" and an article published in the New York Times on March 28, 2010 titled "Mad As Hell. And..."

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Series includes class and lecture notes on a wide range of American authors and novels, as well as a small amount of material related to Bercovitch's writings, including "Game of Chess" and American Jeremiad. The lecture notes have been arranged alphabetically using Bercovitch's original naming scheme.

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Accession (2009-0101) (1.5 lin. ft.; dated 1967-1977 and undated) consists of a subject file of printed materials discussing women's health, employment, art, feminism, academics, law, motherhood, etc.

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Series includes Belcher's curriculum vitae, a summary of his "American People" project in the Dominican Republic, an exhibition brochure and three news articles related to his photography. Additional exhibit literature catalogued separately in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library includes A Land and Life Remembered: Americo-Liberian Folk Architecture, House and Home: Spirits of the South, and Claiming Place: Biracial American People.

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The photography in this collection represents Belcher's work from his first forays into photography in New York City between 1969 and 1971, up to his most recent projects in Vietnam, the Dominican Republic and the United States. This series is organized by project subseries, which are arranged chronologically by the beginning date of each project. Within each subseries, black-and-white work precedes color work, and contact sheets precede photographs. Subseries descriptions describing collection holdings for each project follow the restrictions note below. For information about specific contact sheets and photographs, researchers are advised to consult Belcher's own notes on his work, usually found on the back of individual contact sheets or photographs.

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Correspondence, arranged chronologically, between Bastian and various notable scientists, scholars and doctors, such as Sir John Bretland Farmer, Thomas Huxley and his wife Annie, Louis Pasteur, William Paton Ker, Caleb Saleeby, Hector Grasset, William Pennington Cocks, and assistants Albert and Alexandre Mary. There is also a group of exchanges between Bastian and the Académie des Sciences of France. The majority of the correspondence is written to Bastian, but there are some drafts penned by Bastian. The correspondence frequently concerns Bastian's controversial work on abiogenesis. Also includes exchanges between Bastian and publishing companies, concerning translations of his numerous works; a series of letters appears from well-known publisher Félix Alcan from Metz. Bastian's wife, Julia, and daughter, Sybil also figure as recipients and writers of correspondence, with many condolence letters received after Bastian's death. Undated letters are placed at the end of the series and arranged alphabetically. Of interest among these is a manuscript document written after Bastian's death by his assistants, Albert and Alexandre verifying Bastian's experiments on the origin of life.

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Materials relating to Bastian's professional development and research, including reprints of Bastian's work, research notes, scientific photographs, several diplomas, and reviews of publications and research. Subjects concern aphasia, paralyis, abiogenesis, and kinesthesia, among others. Arranged mostly chronologically, with undated items at the end.