Scope and arrangement
The papers of Charles Edward Weidman Jr., 1904-1975 cover the period ca. 1908-1975 and pertain mainly to his professional life and career through the late 1950s up to his death in 1975. Very few letters and photographs are related to his early career.
The papers of Mikhail Santaro included with the original gift were separated from Charles Weidman's papers and processed as a separate manuscript collection.
Some material is fragile and requires special handling.
The collection does not contain much personal material and nothing from his time with Denishawn or the early years of Humphrey/Weidman. The correspondence is mostly business related and is from the 1960s-1970s.
The Charles Weidman papers are arranged in four series:
- 1934, 1958 - 19754 boxes
This series consists of correspondence and business records including the Charles Weidman Theatre Dance Company. Some organizations and individuals have correspondence in two places. The items were left where they were found, and cross references were added. Within the s, items are mostly in chronological order with the exception of undated items.
- 1955 - 19742 boxes
This series contains biographical material; family correspondence, legal and financial papers; social security and Medicare benefits correspondence. Also included are lectures given by Weidman. Awards and honorary degrees received by Weidman, general office records, including bank statements, receipts, mailing list, monthly planners and a sketchbook are also contained within the series.
- 1921 - 19756 boxes
This series contains Charles Weidman's choreographed works, choreographic notes, some diagrams and drawings, and music scores (with notes) by various composers.
- 1970, undated1 box
This series contains oversized artwork, musical scores and posters.