Scope and arrangement
The Carola Trier papers document Trier's personal and professional life as a performer and Pilates instructor through photographs, correspondence, studio records, writing files, clippings, reference material, and artifacts.
The bulk of the photographs in the collection depict Trier performing specific Pilates poses and sequences, sometimes using Pilates Reformer equipment, alone and with others, in a studio and outdoors. Some of these photographs were taken or staged by Joseph Pilates. Later photographs depict Trier's students performing Pilates routines in her studio. Photograph files relating to Clara and Joseph Pilates include candid snapshots of them on vacation with Carola and her husband Edgar Trier; studio portraits; and Christmas greeting portraits of Joseph and Clara. A file of photographs relating to France-Amérique, a magazine about French exiles in the United States, is also present.
Correspondence ranges from routine business matters to warm notes from Joseph and Clara Pilates, Gloria Contreras, Helen Gurley Brown, and Dr. Henry Jordan, among others.
Studio records include an alphabetical index of students, notes for hiring studio staff, and documents relating to Trier's retirement from the studio in 1986.
Files relating to Exercise, What it is, What it Does include exercise diagrams, manuscripts, galley proofs, and a published version of the book. Other writings files include notes for books and drafts of articles.
Clippings files from 1939 through the 1940s hold announcements of Trier's performances in France and across the United States. Many of these contain photographs or illustrations of Trier in costume and on skates. Later clippings relate to Trier's studio and clients.
Anatomical notes and medical reference books are included among the reference files.
Artifacts include small brass plates for the Universal Reformer apparatus and a pair of roller skates.
Materials are arranged in three categories: Personal; Performing Career; and Pilates.