Scope and arrangement
The Amata B. Grassi papers contain documents, photographs and clippings documenting her personal life and her professional career as a dancer. Both aspects are covered equally. Although the collection spans over almost a century, the majority of the materials cover the period of Amata Grassi’s dancing years, from the mid-1910s to 1930s. Her personal diaries (Box 2, folder 4) offer an interesting insight to her personality and everyday life for the periods covered. The collection also contains a considerable number of professional photographs (Box 6), both of herself and other performers of the period, which might be of interest to the researcher. Several letters in the correspondence series (Box 1) provide interesting primary sources to the Spanish Civil War and World War II (folders 6 and 8 respectively). There are no audiovisual materials in this collection, while the later period of Amata Grassi’s life is rather underrepresented.
The Amata B. Grassi papers are arranged in five series:
- 1916 - 19711 box, 10 folders
This series contains mostly personal letters and postcards to Amata Grassi from friends and family. Legal, business and financial correspondence can be found in the Personal Papers series. In cases where the sender’s last name is unknown, documents are filed under sender’s first name.
- 1878 - 19611 box, 18 folders
This series contains records from Amata Grassi’s personal and professional life. It includes several business, financial and legal documents. Of particular interest are two diaries (1917, 1932) handwritten by Amata Grassi herself; programs and several handwritten notes, receipts, costume plans and dancing notes related to various of her performances; and an (otherwise unmarked) book on the Russian Ballets. This series also includes records from Amata Grassi’s early childhood, letters related to her parents and second husband, Walter Hussen; business cards, function passes and events invites; a few sketches of portraits, a small number of music scores, two telephone number booklets with personal contacts, and a small stamp collection. Empty envelopes found scattered among her papers or previously containing photographs; as well as a few cooking recipes can also be found here.
- undated2 boxes, 11 folders
This series is divided into two sub-series. The first includes loose clippings from newspapers and magazines, and the second consists of five clippings booklets.
- Subseries 1: Loose Clippings
- Subseries 2: Clippings Booklets
- undated2 boxes 12 folders
This series is divided into two sub-series. The first sub-series includes photographs of Amata Grassi’s personal life, and the second photographs of her dancing career.
- Sub-series 1 - Personal photographs
- Sub-series 2 - Professional photographs
- 1913 - 19501 box, 12 folders
This series contains several oversized souvenir programs, clippings, a magazine issue and several professional photographs of both Amata Grassi and other performers.