Scope and arrangement
The Hadassah Papers consists of correspondence, newsletters, clippings from newspapers and dance-themed magazines, programs and playbills with Hadassah and other dancers and dance companies and photographs. The collection spans the years of 1937-1988, with a heavy concentration on the years 1947-1961. There is some personal correspondence although this is limited. The majority of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings and copies of dance magazines in which Hadassah is highlighted.
The Hadassah papers are arranged in six series:
- 1940 - 1983
This series consists of correspondence to and from Hadassah. The correspondence is mainly in regards to dance performances, with very little personal correspondence. There are however some handwritten notes.
- 1938 - 1988
This series consists of programs, posters, and brochures about dances Hadassah performed as a solo and with her company.
- 1940 - 1986
This series consists of newspaper clippings and issues of dance magazines in which Hadassah was prominently featured. Some of the clippings and magazines have hand-written notes in the margins and on the covers. It is undetermined whether the handwriting is Hadassah's or her husband Milton's.
- 1936 - 1972
This series consists of Playbills and programs from many different dance company performances. They are broken into three categories: Hindu/Eastern/Ethnic, Jewish, and other.
This series consists of 2 folders of photographs. One folder is 8 x 10 glossy prints. The second folder is smaller prints, mostly of performers, with a couple of personal photographs from Hadassah's childhood (?). Also included are a few candid shots of Hadassah at an after dance party.
- 1959 - 1961
This series consists of Hebrew language newspapers that Hadassah brought back with her from the 1959 trip to Israel. There are two photo plates; one a full-length of Hadassah in costume, and one of Pearl Primus. The third box contains a large drawn caricature of Hadassah, and the mock-up of a brochure of Hadassah with career highlights. The brochure was used in press releases and performances.