Scope and arrangement
The Martha Hill research materials (1870-1995) contain personal and professional papers created by Martha Hill and compiled by Janet Soares, as well as materials created by Soares in the course of her research for her book on Martha Hill, Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance. The Martha Hill series holds documents relating to her time as head of the Juilliard Dance Division, as well as her work with the Bennington School of the Dance. Correspondence, photographs, and subject files are also included. The Janet Soares series contains notes, correspondence, and research materials. The correspondence primarily relates to the Martha Hill Dance Fund and her research into the Davies family.
The Martha Hill research materials are arranged in two series:
The Martha Hill series contains correspondence, subject files, photographs, and materials from the Bennington School of the Dance and the Juilliard Dance Division. This series is arranged into five subseries: The Bennington School of the Dance, Correspondence, Juilliard Dance Department, Photographs, and Subject Files.
The Janet Soares series is composed of notes, correspondence, interview transcripts, and research materials. The correspondence primarily relates to the Martha Hill Dance Fund and Soares' research into the Davies family. Research materials contain photocopies of programs, articles and documents that were not included in Martha Hill's personal papers. For example, Soares had copies made of dance programs from Kansas State Teacher's College and articles from the East Palestine newspaper. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject.
This series also contains interviews conducted by Soares for the Martha Hill book. Interviewees include Ethel Winter, Florence Sloan, Martha Hill, Sylvia and Blake Brown, Beth Mitchell, Hortense Zera, Ben Belitt, Jan Erdman, and Carl Wolz.
Inquiries regarding audio materials in the collection may be directed to the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (firstname.lastname@example.org). Audio/visual materials may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.