Scope and arrangement
The Beatrice Seckler papers provide an overview of select periods throughout Seckler's life and career. The collection is composed of programs, photographs, correspondence, interview transcripts, newspaper and magazine clippings and photocopies, rehearsal schedules, advertisements, a poster, missives, performance rosters/contact lists, annotated flashcards/note cards, scripts, resumes and employment contracts.
Memorable performances that Seckler danced, directed or attended are represented by the collected programs, employment contracts, press clippings and photocopies, rehearsal schedules, advertisements, a poster, letters and contact lists. This collection contains several loose, undated photographs; there is a photographic negative, some performance shots and some posed shots of Seckler in costume. Seckler's correspondence is mostly comprised of thank-you letters from performers or organizations acknowledging her attendance or participation. Three copies of Seckler's resume are included, noting her education, honors and the highlights of her career until 1964.
The collection's interview transcripts and corresponding materials are part of a biography/autobiography project Seckler was working on with close friend, Aaron Cohen. While started as part of Cohen's undergraduate requirements when attending New York University, he ended his work on the project upon receiving his degree. Cohen recorded and transcribed interviews with Seckler herself, friends of Seckler, fellow dancers and others who knew her throughout her career. Correspondence to and from Cohen are included; the subject matter ranges from requests for interviews or information on Seckler, thank-you letters to participants and requests for others to take over the biography/autobiography project. Cohen's annotated flashcards are also included; though they are clearly related to the project, the precise meaning of the notes is ambiguous.
This collection is arranged alphabetically.