Dunham, Katherine

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Dancer, choreographer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Katherine Dunham : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309732189

Katherine Dunham, an anthropologist-dancer-choreographer was famous for her work with cultural dance. From 1935-1936 she conducted her master's thesis research in Jamaica and Haiti analyzing native dances. Dunham spent much of the 1940's working with her dance company, The Dunham Company (which for a time included Eartha Kitt) in Hollywood choreographing and dancing in: Pardon My Sarong (Universal, 1942), Carnival of Rhythm (Warner Brothers, 1941), Stormy Weather (20th Century Fox, 1943), Star Spangled Rhythm (Paramount, 1942), Casbah (Universal, 1948), and Green Mansions (Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 1959). Her publications include articles "La Boule Blanche" and "L'Ag'Ya of Martinique", Journey to Accompong (1946), Las Danzas de Haiti (1947), A Touch of Innocence (see Correspondence; 1955, Dec. 9; Dunham to Margo Johnson), The Dances of Haiti (in Spanish and French), and Journey to Accompong (1972). She came to Southern Illinois University in 1964 spending eleven weeks as artist-in-residence. She was instrumental in Southern Illinois University's proposal to establish a dance institute in Senegal and returned as the visiting artist in the Fine Arts Division at the Edwardsville campus.

From the description of Katherine Dunham papers, 1919-1968. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 191673963

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referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Katherine Dunham collection, [ca. 1941-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Mark Turbyfill papers, 1911-1985. Newberry Library
creatorOf Leslie, Caird. Papers, 1915-1965. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Photograph collection on Katherine Dunham, 1938-1959 University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. Katherine Dunham papers, 1919-1968. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Katherine Dunham Dance Companies. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Selected Mark Turbyfill letters, 1907-1966. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Berenson, Bernard and Mary. Papers, 1880-2002, 1880-2002 Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
referencedIn Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation research files, 1920-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn John Jay Chapman papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Johnson, Helen A. Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Dance scrapbooks, c1951-1978 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Laban Archive
referencedIn Whiteman, Maxwell,. Whiteman Photographic Collection, 1860-1960. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Robbins, Jerome. Musical comedies. Concert varieties. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Katherine Dunham [ca. 1945-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Van Scott, Glory. Glory Van Scott collection, 1974-2000. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. Bernard and Mary Berenson, Papers (1880-2002, bulk 1880-1959) : a finding aid. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Pratt, John, 1912?-1986. Reminiscences of John Pratt : oral history, 1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Jackson, Frederick, 1886-1953. Stormy weather : continuity and dialogue taken from the screen / Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation ; screen play by Frederick Jackson and Ted Koehler ; produced by William Le Baron ; directed by Andrew Stone. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. Correspondence and contracts, 1946-1963. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn American Ballet Theatre records, 1936-ca. 1967 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Caird Leslie papers, 1915-1965 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Barrelhouse blues (Choreographic work : Dunham) [clippings] New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Yarborough, Lavinia Williams. Lavinia Williams papers 1940-1989. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Pittsburgh Courier Publishing Co. Washington Bureau. Pittsburgh Courier, Washington Bureau collection, 1946-1968. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Walter Terry papers, 1913-1982 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. Scrapbook: Clippings, announcements, programs and photographs, New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Jones, Lois Mailou. Lois Mailou Jones papers, 1920-1998. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. Reminiscences of Katherine Dunham : oral history, 1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn RISM Vertical Files, Bulk, 1960-2000, Bulk, 1960-2000 1900-2004 New York University. Archives.
referencedIn African Americans in the Performing Arts Ephemera Collection, 1925-1945 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. Carl Van Vechten collection, ca. 1920-ca. 1955; (bulk 1940-1949). Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Durham, W. H. (Willard Higley), b. 1883. W.H. Durham papers, 1918-1949. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. Correspondence. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Online Archive of California. Photograph collection on Katherine Dunham , 1938-1959. University of California, Irvine, Langson Library
referencedIn Barrelhouse blues (Choreographic work : Dunham) [clippings] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. [Programs]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Dunham, Katherine. Miscellaneous manuscripts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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correspondedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
associatedWith Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Demby, Dorothy, person
associatedWith Destiné, Jean Léon. person
correspondedWith Duke, Doris, 1912-1993 person
associatedWith Durham, W. H. (Willard Higley), b. 1883. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
correspondedWith Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958 person
associatedWith Jackson, Frederick, 1886-1953. person
associatedWith Johnson, Helen A. person
associatedWith Jones, Lois Mailou. person
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associatedWith Katherine Dunham Dance Companies. corporateBody
associatedWith Kitt, Eartha. person
associatedWith Langston, C. H. (Charles Hughes), b. 1821? person
associatedWith Leslie, Caird. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Caribbean Area
Haiti
United States
Subject
Choreography
Dancers
Choreographers--Interviews
Dance--Anthropological aspects
African American dance
Irish literature--19th century
Dancers--Interviews
Voodooism
Modern dance
Folk music
Occupation
Choreographer
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Birth 1909-06-22

Death 2006-05-21

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