Scope and arrangement
The Barbara Barker papers span the years 1833-1998 and consist of correspondence, research material, clippings, photographs, and slides. The collection includes some correspondence between Barbara Barker and Agnes De Mille.
The collection’s importance lies in its documentation of the research materials used to write her dissertation that she then made into her first book Ballet or Ballyhoo: The American Careers of Maria Bonfanti, Rita Sangalli and Giuseppina Morlacchi. Barker began researching the choreography of Agnes De Mille for a book, the collection contains voluminous material on De Mille’s life and work.
Titles of file folders are named from Barker’s organization. Where possible explanations are given to help the researcher understand the material in the folder.
The Barbara Barker papers are arranged in four series:
- 1981 - 1987
This series contains research material used to write Barker’s dissertation, as well as other published articles for magazines and journals.
- Sub-series 1 - Dissertation, 1981
- Sub-series 2 - Barbara Barker articles
- 1833 - 1982
This series contains research material about musical theater, burlesque, ballet and other forms of popular entertainment of the mid-to-late-nineteenth century. There are newspaper and magazine clippings from the era, as well as copies of book chapters relating to the time and subject. See also Series IV: Illustrations of this collection, for many of the illustrations used in the published work, Ballet or Ballyhoo: The American Careers of Maria Bonfanti, Rita Sangalli and Giuseppina Morlacchi
- 1924 - 1996
This series contains research material about Agnes De Mille’s professional career. There are newspaper and magazine clippings from all her works, choreography notes, published articles written by De Mille and correspondence between Barbara Barker and De Mille.
This series contains illustrations, slides and photographs.
- Sub-series 1: Ballet or Ballyhoo, undated
- Sub-series 2: Slides, undated
- Sub-series 3: Negatives and Photographs, undated