Scope and arrangement
The Edith Segal Papers document her professional life as a dancer, choreographer, writer and political activist. The collection contains a wide variety of materials of potential interest to a scholar of Segal's lifelong dance career or of leftist political activism in dance.
The papers are organized into six series. Series I, A and B will be of interest to those looking for the raw material of her creative work. Subseries C contains both in process and completed lectures and essays including some 15 pages of personal memories and self-described highlights of her life.
Series II contains a variety of dance related correspondence, some of a business nature as well as personal tributes from people whose lives were touched by Segal's artistry and commitment. Series III contains programs, announcements and press material that give a chronological sense of her work as well as two subject focused folders, one on the Neighborhood Playhouse and one on the National Dance Congress of 1936.
The reviews and articles in Series IV also include a lengthy interview with Paul Sporn for a project on the federal patronage of the arts in Michigan during the depression. There is a folder of letters and corrections relating to this interview in the correspondence series.
Series V contains programs and pamphlets Edith Segal collected.
Series VI contains one scrapbook documenting the summer of 1924 at Unity House, the summer resort of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).
Separated from the collection were books and dance manuals added to the book holdings of the Dance Collection. They are described in the separation list.
The Edith Segal Papers are arranged in two series:
Photographs and notes documenting the summer of 1924 at Unity House, the summer resort of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)