Scope and arrangement
The Klarna Pinska Papers contain materials documenting her life in modern dance. Pinska attended the Denishawn School in her youth and remained affiliated with dance in the style of Ruth St. Denis into the 1980s. The collection’s correspondence is mostly of a professional nature. Teaching dance and movement was important to Pinska, and the collection contains notes from various phases of her teaching career. Pinska worked for Ruth St. Denis during the 1960s. Publicity and other professional papers of St. Denis are present in this collection, as well as correspondence between Pinska and other individuals working with St. Denis. The photographs capture Pinska at various points of her career from 1919 to 1982. The music scores are mostly printed and were used by Pinska for dance instruction. Some of the scores were used in classes taught by the Denishawn School.
The Klarna Pinska papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1945 - 1986,1 box
The correspondence is mainly professional and dates from the late 1960s to 1970s. Pinska’s professional engagements with universities and dance groups are documented in the correspondence. The personal correspondence includes short notes to and from Pinska. Much of the correspondence from the years 1962 to 1966 deals with Ruth St. Denis.
- 1937 - 1985,11 folders
The biographical papers contain materials covering Pinska’s personal life and career as a dancer and dance instructor. There are many versions of her resume and personal statements written at various points in her life for grant and job applications. The journals contain personal notes and writings.
- 1935 - 1981,10 folders
The teaching materials contain notes on posture from the 1930s to Pinska’s teaching of dance and dance history at UCLA in the early 1980s. There is a notebook with choreographic notes on dances associated with Ruth St. Denis and the Denishawn School.
- 1931 - 1987,13 folders
The subject files concern professional relationships with Ruth St. Denis, WPA Theater Projects of the 1930s and Charles Weidman. The programs in this series are of dance events from the 1960s through 1980s.
- 1919 - 1982,1 box
The photographs span Pinska's life. Early photographs of the Denishawn School feature Pinska and her peers as young students. There are also photographs of Ruth St. Denis taken from various engagements in the 1960s. Many of photos show Pinska in the role of instructor including photos of dance classes and performances in the 1970s.
- 1901 - 1934, undated3 boxes
Contains manuscript scores, copies of scores, and printed scores. The earliest of the scores were possibly used at the Denishawn School, other scores may have been used by Pinska for instruction of dance at various points of her career. Includes some incomplete scores.
- 1966 - 1980,1 box
The oversized materials consist of journals and images saved from a scrapbook. There are two awards that Pinska received in the later years of her life from the mayor's of New York City and Los Angeles.