Scope and arrangement
Comprises correspondence, scenarios, choreographic notes, notebooks and notes pertaining to articles, monographic works, stage and television productions, unpublished materials, and early memorabilia. Includes drafts and revisions in holograph and typescript as well as carbon copies and photocopies. De Mille's writing in this collection, parts of which appear in note and draft form, include: And Promenade Home, Dance to the Piper, Speak to Me, Dance with Me, Where the Wings Grow,and the “Russian journals” kept by de Mille (1966 and 1969). Also included are materials relating to the ballets Fall River Legend, Golden Age, Rodeo, Black Ritual, A Rose for Miss Emily,and the ballet sequences in Carousel, Brigadoon,and Oklahoma.Major correspondents include Lily Bess Campbell, Lucia Chase, Allan Devoe, Beulah Flebbe, Carmelita Maracci, Oliver Smith, and Joseph Welch.
Sections of ms possibly pertaining to Speak to Me, Dance with Me:
The Agnes de Mille papers are arranged in six series:
The de Mille correspondence is grouped in two subseries. The first series is arranged chronologically, including a “No date” group. The second subseries is arranged alphabetically by name of the correspondent.
The de Mille writings include notes and notebooks, holograph and typewritten drafts of articles and monographic works grouped under the title of the final work and arranged alphabetically by those titles. Folders 10-31 contain the mss. of Miss de Mille's Lizzie Borden: A Dance of Deathgrouped in three parts. Also included are: notes from the “Russian Journals” used for two articles, and notes and notebooks for miscellaneous works the identities of which are as yet undetermined.
Grouped here are handwritten and typed drafts and revisions, rehearsal scripts, etc., arranged chronologically by the date of the telecast production
Material in the following in the Miscellaneous/Unarranged Series is listed in order receipt and is not arranged or organized in series or subseries.