Scope and arrangement
The Angna Enters papers span the years 1920-1973 and consist of correspondence, writings, personal papers, music, clippings and artwork. The collection is important in its documentation of the development of a new dance form titled dance-mime. Enters created over 300 characters in her Theater of Angna Enters. She was a prolific author, writing five books, several scripts for radio, theater and motion pictures, numerous articles for magazines and newspapers and translated with her husband, Louis Kalonyme, Rostrand’s Chantecler. Enters was also an artist; painting, sketching and sculpting. Much of her work was incorporated into her dance-mime (costume and set designs) and her writings (illustrations in her books). Some of her work was shown and sold at galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
The collection includes extensive personal journals and notebooks that chronicle her thoughts and reflections of every aspect of the world around her. The subjects are wide-ranging, from political and economic, to romantic and familial. Also included are thoughts about her work, including characters and story ideas.
The Angna Enters papers are arranged in seven series:
- 5 Boxes
This series consists of correspondence between Enters and colleagues and friends. A large portion of the correspondence concerns the sale of her house in Santa Monica and the subsequent lawsuit (1971-1972). There are also letters from Helen Hungerford, Ruth Page (Fisher), Helen Hayes, Selma Jean Cohen, and Meredith Willson.
- 54 Boxes
This series contains both published and unpublished writings. There are handwritten notebooks and journals. Also included are handwritten and typed drafts of all her books, and published articles, speeches, and scripts. The majority of the published writings are by Enters. There is also a section written by Louis Kalonyme. Also included are some writings by other authors.
- 30 Boxes
This series contains financial papers, contracts, travel information, programs, teaching notes, a voluminous postcard collection and address books.
- 9 Boxes
This series contains photographs, negatives and slides. Some of the photographs are of Enters from her childhood. There are also extensive photographs of A. Enters in costumes for performances, with some candid performance snapshots. Few of the photographs are labeled with names or dates. Also included is a glass plate negative of Enters in performance.
- 26 Boxes
This series contains music that was used by Enters in her dance mime performances. There are two sub-series. The first sub-series is music that A. Enters arranged herself. The second sub-series is published sheet music.
- 9 Boxes
This series reviews of Enters performances, and gallery openings. Enters subscribed to three separate clipping services. There are also clippings of political events of the times, i.e. WWII. Several boxes contain magazines with articles written by Louis Kalonyme.
- 17 Boxes
This series contains scrapbooks, sketchbooks, photographs, artwork and posters from performances. The scrapbooks contain clippings. The sketchbooks include costume designs, set designs, and landscapes. There are posters of Angna Enters performances. These are very fragile and should be handled with extreme care. There are also several boxes of loose sketches, and paintings.