Scope and arrangement
The Dale Harris Papers consist of correspondence, lectures, articles, reviews, photographs, programs, contracts, legal records, notes, and clippings that document his career as a dance critic and lecturer from the late 1960s through the mid-1990s. The Correspondence series contains not only incoming letters but copies of his responses. This gives a wonderfully detailed look at some aspects of his professional writing career. The Personal Papers series includes programs, itineraries, and photographs from his various worldwide travels.
The Professional Papers documents Harris’ work as a contributing writer for Architectural Digest and his time as General Editor for Da Capo’s Dance Reprint Series, as well as his tenured professorships at both Sarah Lawrence College and Cooper Union. The Articles series contains various pieces Harris wrote on prominent dancers, particularly Sergei Diaghilev, Fred Astaire, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Margot Fonteyn. The Subject Files and Clippings series includes information on topics of interest or research value, particularly relating to dance performances of which Harris reviewed or lectured. This collection contains no information about his home and family life.
The Dale Harris papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1967-1996; undated.5 box
The majority of the correspondence is of a professional nature, discussing issues relating to conferences, publications, teaching positions, or speaking engagements, though many letters are to people in the field who were friends as well as colleagues and thus offer some personal references within them. Highlights include a letter from Romola Nijinsky and correspondence from David Vaughan. Please note that small amounts of correspondence can also be found in individual files in the Articles, Lectures, or Subject Files series.
- 1966-1995; undated1.5 boxes
This series documents Harris' personal life including biographical materials, legal documents, an appointment calendar, travel brochures, and programs relating to seminars or lectures he attended. It also includes invitations to special events and photographs, often of his cultural trips abroad. Some gala invitations and memorabilia can also be found in this series.
- 1975-1995; undated1 box
This series includes resume material, photographs, meeting minutes, student rosters of classes Harris taught at Cooper Union, material relating to Harris’ time as the General Editor of the DaCapo Dance Reprint series, guides, and material regarding his application for tenure at Sarah Lawrence College. Please note that small amounts of contracts and business materials can also be found in the Articles series.
- 1969-1995; undated4 boxes
This series consists of handwritten, typescript, and published versions of many of Harris’ articles, book reviews, obituaries of major dance figures, along with research materials and notes which document the evolution of the pieces and the ideas motivating their creation. It also contains correspondence from editors regarding his submissions. Some highlights include an interview Harris conducted with Rudolf Nureyev for Dance in America, performance review articles for The New York Times, Ballet Review and Performing Arts, obituaries, unpublished chapter entries for the Concise History of Ballet and Modern Dance, and entries for the Dictionary Catalog of Dance, as well as book reviews.
- 1963-1995; undated8 boxes
This series includes handwritten notes, brochures, and programs relating to seminars or lectures while he was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, Stanford University, New York University, and as a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- 1930s-1990s; undated4 boxes
This series is comprised of clippings, press releases, promotional materials, and publications collected by Harris for his personal use and reference. The materials are arranged in alphabetical order and focus on subjects or persons of interest to Harris, mainly within the disciplines of dance. He may have compiled the files as research for his own writing and teaching.
- 1966-1992; undated1 box
The clippings are predominantly dance and music reviews. There are also some travel features as well as art reviews.