Scope and arrangement
The Rosella Pianarosa collection of Ted Shawn materials documents Ted Shawn's activities as a professional dancer and director of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. The collection also highlights his and Ruth St. Denis's relationship with the Pianarosas, who were not only patrons but friends. The collection primarily consists of annual newsletters from Ted Shawn, from 1961 to 1972, the last of which was written by John Christian after Shawn's death that year. Sent to patrons and friends, the newsletter reported Shawn's activities throughout the year, including trips abroad to see dancers and companies perform, dinners with friends, award ceremonies, teaching activities, meetings with prominent people in the arts and government, as well as general items about the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and school. Most of the newsletters include inserts of black and white photographic clippings and some also include press releases from Ted Shawn's projects.
The 1969 newsletter includes text of a speech given by Edward G. Freehafer, Director of The New York Public Library, on the occasion of the unveiling of Ted Shawn's name carved into the Benefactor's Column at the main library, which acknowledges Shawn's and St. Denis's contribution to the Dance collection.
Other items from Ted Shawn include one letter that has a photograph attached of Shawn in his backyard in Florida. In addition, there is a commemorative napkin from Shawn and St. Denis's golden anniversary, an invitation to the 1959 opening party of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and a postcard from Shawn's trip to Denmark.
The Ruth St. Denis materials consist of a newsletter and three letters.
Books, interviews, photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, and additional materials can be found by conducting separate searches for author "Pianarosa, Rosella," as well as authors and subjects "Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival," "St. Denis, Ruth" and "Shawn, Ted" in the catalog (www.nypl.org/catalog).
Alphabetical by subject.