Scope and arrangement
This collection only covers the years 1944-1955. Therefore, it does not provide a full inventory of the company members including Martha Graham. It is primarily correspondence and performance information from the offices of Isadora Bennett and Richard Pleasant, publicists for Martha Graham, approximately from 1942-1958. It includes dance company press materials which discuss how for the first time architecture and sculpture were fused with dance. Additional informational value is continued in the dance analysis for Eye of Anguish. It examines dance for its emotive qualities. The performance materials are equally illuminating. While offering a timeline of activity in the 1940s and 1950s, they also touch upon contemporary dance issues such as the relationship between dance and music.
The Martha Graham Dance Company records are arranged in three series:
- 1944 - 1955 and undated11 folders
This series contains historical information on the Martha Graham Dance Company.
- 1944 - 19482 folders
The contents in this series do not adequately represent the company’s financial profile. Some information pertaining to company worth, however, may be found in the financial statement dated spring 1944.
- 19581 folder
This series contains a facsimile of Martha Graham’s sister’s (Jane Beers Duffey) death certificate dated 1958.