Scope and arrangement
The Myra Kinch Papers primarily consist of handwritten choreography notes for many of Kinch’s dance compositions. The collection also includes photographs of her works being performed, as well as photographs of Kinch herself. Handwritten scores created to accompany Kinch’s dance compositions are also represented in the collection.
The Myra Kinch papers are arranged in three series:
This series contains handwritten notation describing in detail many of Kinch’s dance compositions. These are often drafts in pencil, bound in notebook form. Though undated, most of these materials range from 1940-1970.
Photographs primarily consist of documentation of individual dances being performed, both by Kinch and by members of her dance ensembles. There are also some personal photographs of Kinch included in this series.
Scores include handwritten sheet music used to accompany several of Kinch’s dance compositions. Most are pencil drafts, and the scores are uncredited to any one composer.