Scope and arrangement
The Carol Lynn Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, programs, promotional material, and choreographic notes from Lynn’s time spent at Denishawn and at Jacob’s Pillow. There is also some material pertaining to her time teaching dance at the Carol Lynn School of Dance. This collection contains no material from Lynn’s time at the Peabody Conservatory or her personal life.
The Carol Lynn papers are arranged in four series:
- 1905-1959; undated
This series includes correspondence, clippings, and notebooks on dance technique. Dance technique materials are written descriptions of the exercises, combinations, movement studies, and exercises for ethnic techniques which were taught in Denishawn classes. Also included are books on dance technique, such as Rhythmical Analysis and Dance Composition and Gymnastic and Folk Dancing, course descriptions and some promotional material on Jacob’s Pillow, sheet music for choreographic works, and a collection of the newsletter Stage Letter Service. See Series IV: Oversized Materials for more professional papers.
- 1911-1940; undated
This series consists of choreographic notes for dances arranged by various choreographers, including: Mme. Elizabetta Menzeli, Michel Fokine, Doris Humphrey, Louis H. Chalif, Nicolas Legat, Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Sonia Serova, Veronine Vestoff, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn. There are also choreographic notes for Denishawn dances, including: Brahms Hungarian Dances, Javanese Ballet, Danse Chinoise, Dagger Dance, Soaring, Madrassi Nautch, and The Yogi. Also included are descriptions of dances and class work for children. The notes are arranged alphabetically by dance title, and when the choreographer (i.e.: Ruth St. Denis and/or Ted Shawn) is known, it is indicated on the folder list. In some cases, there are musical scores (some hand-written) for the dances included. See Series IV: Oversized Materials for more choreographic notes.
- 1906-1948; undated
The series is comprised of black and white photographs of Carol Lynn and performances/studies of Denishawn dances. There are also photographs of the following dancers: Ruth St. Denis, Hanya Holm, Ted Shawn, Anna Pavlova, and Albia Kauan.
- 1896-1941; undated
This series includes oversized notebooks on dance techniques, scores, posters, and choreographic notes.