- Clarke, Shirley
- Call number
- *T-Mss 1999-029
- Physical description
- 1 volume
- Preferred Citation
- Shirley Clarke datebook, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Shirley Clarke (1925-1997), American independent filmmaker, was a modern dancer before switching to work in film and video. She was probably best known for her films THE CONNECTION (1961), a study of drug addiction initially banned for obscenity in New York State, her oscar-winning 1962 documentary, ROBERT FROST: A LOVER'S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD, and THE COOL WORLD (1963) on a juvenile gang in Harlem. In 1962 she and Jonas Mekas founded the Film-Makers Cooperative, a nonprofit company for the distribution of independent films. Clarke also taught film directing and editing at New York University, Columbia and the University of California at Los Angeles. Consists of one leather bound datebook with "Halcyon Films, Inc." printed on the cover for the year 1955. Clarke used this book from September 1955 until September 1956. This was in the period she was making short dance films with Anna Sokolow.
Source of acquisitionDatebook: Transfer, Dance Collection
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498