Scope and arrangement
The John Dougherty Collection consists of correspondence, writings, research notes, dance programs, and clippings from newspapers relating to John Dougherty, his personal experience and interested in the Denishawn School of dance, and his professional career working for Ruth St. Denis. The collection is unique because it contains a significant amount of material relating to the thought and dance of Ruth St. Denis. The collection’s two series reflect the split between materials relating to Dougherty’s own work, and Dougherty’s output as Ruth St. Denis’s secretary and literary adviser. The collection covers the years 1904-1980, with the majority of the materials dating from the 1960s detailing the final years of Ruth St. Denis life and career. Dougherty’s close relationship with Ted Shawn and Charles Weidman are evident in his correspondence.
The John Dougherty collection is arranged in three series:
- 1925 - 19888 boxes
The materials in this series relate to John Dougherty’s life and career as a dancer, instructor and critic.
- 1904 - 19683 boxes
The materials in this series relate directly to the professional and personal activities of Ruth St. Denis in last stage of her life from 1960 to 1967, when John Dougherty served as her personal secretary and literary adviser. The papers included in this series were created and collected as a result of this relationship.
- 1906 - 1967, undated1 box
The oversized materials contain clippings from John Dougherty scrapbook, music scores and photographs of Ruth St. Denis. There is also a folder of unidentified photographs of dancers.