The Unidentified series contains images that have yet to be identified or dated, primarily 8 x 10 black and white prints.
Unidentified, undated prints
The collection includes photographic materials created and collected by the American Dance Festival, including negatives, contact sheets, prints, and transparencies.
Ethel Tison Chaffin papers, circa 1930-1993 1.5 Linear Feet
The collection contains the personal papers and dance-related memorabilia (circa 1930-1993) of Ethel Tison Chaffin. Materials include photographic prints, newspaper clippings, programs, and correspondence, which are housed within a scrapbook and one Hollinger box. Many of the materials are annotated by Ms. Chaffin.
Included in the scrapbook are Ms. Chaffin's personal photographs documenting her involvement in dance and theater. These photographs depict several of her earliest dance recitals, university dance performances, and her 1948 performance as Laura in Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie. In addition, she has incorporated photos of colleagues in the dance world. Also included within the scrapbook is correspondence between Ms. Chaffin and various educational institutions regarding admission to advanced dance programs at New York University and Bennington College, as well as job enquiries. Ms. Chaffin documented her career as an instructor by incorporating programs, clippings, and advertisements from her private studio, as well as those relevant to her tenure at Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama, and the Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College) into the pages of her scrapbook. Memorabilia, including programs from festivals and performances that she attended, is also included within her scrapbook.
Records created after the compilation of the scrapbook are housed separately in a Hollinger box. Materials incorporated into this record set include correspondence with Elizabeth Andrews, educator and dance/drama critic, as well as newspaper clippings for a variety of well-known dancers and choreographers, including George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Merce Cunningham, and José Limón.
American Dance Festival records, circa 1924-1988, bulk 1934-1977 89.05 Linear Feet
Contains correspondence, lists, administrative materials, memoranda, contracts, legal documents, financial records, class schedules, teaching materials, student records, clippings, press releases, publicity materials, brochures, tickets, posters, and other printed materials created by or related to the American Dance Festival before the decision to move to Durham, North Carolina, in the fall of 1977.
Tony C. Johnson papers, 2000-2017 0.834 Linear Feet
Collection includes legal notepads, spiral-bound notebooks, newspaper clippings, webpage printouts, programs from performances, photographs, event fliers, personal correspondence, CD, and VHS.
The Subject Files series contains reading material related to dance, poetry, music, and Africa. Additionally, there are several scripts and scores from dramatic productions and stagings that Davis choreographed, as well as curriculum guides, handouts, educational resources, and other teaching materials Davis collected for use in his classes and workshops on dance, Africa, and related topics.
Free to Dance records, 1987-2004 96.34 Linear Feet
The collection includes business records, grant proposals, correspondence, film, video, sound recordings, oral histories, interview transcripts, photographs, clippings, and research materials created or collected during the production of the three-part television documentary Free to Dance.
The bulk of the Free to Dance Collection dates from 1998 to 2001, when technical production of the series took place; however, the collection also includes grant proposals and early project development documentation dating back to 1987, as well as some correspondence and financial information created after its air date in 2001.
Mark Dendy papers, 1981-2017 13.73 Linear Feet
The collection contains the papers of Mark Dendy, generated through his individual work as a performer and choreographer as well as his work as Artistic Director of both Mark Dendy Dance and Theater and Dendy Dancetheater. It contains printed, photographic, and audio-visual materials that document his performances, press appearances, and public relations activities. The collection also holds materials related to Dendy's creative projects in dance and theater, including scripts, rehearsal schedules, casting notes, and costume and set designs. There are a number of notebooks and handwritten notes on loose paper pertaining to creative projects, choreography, his dance companies, and his personal life. A small amount of correspondence and financial documentation is also contained in the collection.
Materials in the collection include paper-based records, notebooks, newspaper clippings and photocopies, magazines, programs, flyers, press kits, and large-scale posters. Other formats include photographs, negatives, 35 mm slides, DVDs, and VHS, U-matic, Betacam, Betacam-SP, and DVCPRO tapes.
Gerald E. Myers papers, 1979-1988 0.21 Linear Feet — 100 items
This collection contains documents pertaining to Gerald Myers' participation in American Dance Festival programs funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities between 1979 and 1988.
Jay C. Anderson papers, 1976-2013 19 Linear Feet
This collection contains documents, slides, negatives, and prints pertaining to ADF performances and student classes during Jay Anderson's tenure as photographer for the American Dance Festival.
The Administrative Records series consists of written materials related to Davis's professional career, including institutional records of the dance companies he founded, the Chuck Davis Dance Company (1968 - 1986) and the African American Dance Ensemble (1984 - present).
The Printed Materials series contains programs, conference items, and publications.
The bulk of the entries in the notebooks and legal pads consist of Davis's handwritten personal notes ranging in subject from ideas for choreography, company production details, and costume notes to lesson plans, lottery numbers, sketches, and shopping and to-do lists. Additionally, there are first drafts of schedules for the Cultural Arts Safari trips as well as rehearsal schedules and community engagements. Also included are handwritten drafts of correspondence and business memos.
Laura Dean papers, 1966-2007 30.34 Linear Feet
Collection includes photographic prints, contact sheets, negatives, slides, clippings, programs, printed materials, posters, VHS videotapes, and an audiocassette.
The Correspondence series is comprised of paper communication both composed and received by Davis. The series consists of personal and business correspondence and memos, postcards, invitations, announcements, and greeting cards. A bulk of correspondence are those maintained with the hosts and collaborators of his excursions to West Africa during the early 1990s. Additionally, there are letters and postcards written to Davis's parents, Tony and Ethel.
Stephanie Reinhart papers, 1961-2002 3.13 Linear Feet
The collection contains Stephanie Reinhart's personal papers, company management materials, and materials from her 1993 Fulbright research. Her personal papers include essays, poetry, calendars, correspondence, clippings, and papers related to her Durham residence. The company management materials include slides from her time as Company Manager with Crowsnest Dance Company. The Fulbright research materials include correspondence with the Fulbright program, research, notes, articles, and both audiocassettes and transcripts of the interviews she conducted in Argentina.
Harper Theater Dance Festival records, 1961-1984 11.3 Linear Feet
The collection contains the institutional records of the Harper Theater Dance Festival, public relations and publicity materials of dance companies, as well as the personal files of the collection's donor, Judith Sagan. The materials housed within the collection are in a variety of formats, including paper-based records, photographs, 35 mm slides, programs, newspaper clippings, large-format posters and publicity materials, audio reels, open reel video, and several objects.
The bulk of the materials were collected or created during the running of the Festival (1965-1979), with additional records (e.g. souvenir programs, professional membership records, financial records, etc.) collected by the donor following the Festival's demise.
Anna Halprin papers, 1957-1995 1.33 Linear Feet
Collection includes books, magazines, photographic prints, clippings, flyers, written correspondence, programs, essays, and other printed materials.
The Newspaper Clippings series contains newsprint and photocopied articles documenting the performances, festivals, lecture demonstrations, and community activities sponsored by Davis, Chuck Davis Dance Company, African American Dance Ensemble, and DanceAfrica. Also included are clippings related to friends and colleagues of Davis as well as news, performances, and events of personal interest to Davis.
Charles Reinhart Management, Inc. records, 1951-2008 97.25 Linear Feet
Collection includes correspondence, printed material, and business and financial records created by Charles L. Reinhart and the employees of Charles Reinhart Management, Inc., 1951-2008. Some personal papers of Charles L. Reinhart are also included.
The Memorabilia series contains an assortment of keepsakes and momentos from Davis's career and personal life. A substantial portion of this series is comprised of blank postcards collected during Davis's many travels. Davis's travels are also documented in this series through assorted foreign currencies, travel brochures, and a passport. Additionally there are two scrapbooks, a spelling book, several yearbooks, and a US Navy book from Davis's time in the Navy. There are business cards collected throughout Davis's career, pins from the Chuck Davis Dance Company, Christmas cards, costume designs and patterns, and nametags from conferences.
Joe Nash collection, 1946-1999 0.21 Linear Feet
Collection includes photographic prints, programs, clippings, fliers, and other printed materials.
The Audiovisual Materials series consists of prints, negatives, slides, and moving images.
Dr. Charles Davis papers, 1938-2003 23.25 Linear Feet
Collection includes correspondence, paper based records, printed materials, teaching materials, programs, posters, post cards, publications, newspaper clippings, conference materials, notebooks, photographs, negatives, slides, super 8 film, artwork, and various other types of memorabilia
Dance Pages records, 1930-1997, bulk 1982-1997 6.25 Linear Feet
The collection contains the records of Dance Pages, which were collected or created during the production of the magazine, as well as copies of the magazine from 1987 to 1997. Records were typically filed by subject or person rather than by type of record, so files contain a range of materials. The majority of the Dance Pages records are subject files, which primarily contain publicity information such as photographs and press releases for dance companies, dancers, schools, teachers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, performance venues, events, performances, and other dance-related topics. In addition to publicity materials, subject folders can contain drafts of articles and advertisements, paste-ups for advertisements and magazine features, illustrated graphics, press clippings, correspondence, invoices, brochures, flyers, programs, 35 mm slides, and negatives. The collection also contains administrative files, which hold materials related to magazine contributors, personnel, and business management. While the collection includes some financial documentation and correspondence, these materials are filed with the subject to which they pertain and are therefore distributed throughout the collection.
The materials housed within the collection are in a variety of formats, including paper-based records, magazines, paste-ups, illustrated graphics, newspaper clippings, press kits, programs, flyers, brochures, and catalogs, as well as photographs, contact sheets, negatives, 35 mm slides, and transparencies.
The collection consists of materials collected by the American Dance Festival pertaining to choreographers, dance companies, and others involved in modern dance, including printed materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, press kits, programs, and correspondence.
Pearl Primus collection, 1920-1994 20.4 Linear Feet — 20650 Items
Collection includes materials created or collected by Primus and by others dating from circa 1920 to 1994, including correspondence, writings, legal documents, research and teaching materials, clippings, programs, printed materials, photographs, sound recordings, films, videos, and artifacts.