Ailey, Alvin, 1931-1989

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Alvin Ailey (b. Jan. 5, 1931, Rogers, TX–d. Dec. 1, 1989, New York, NY) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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creatorOf Shawl, Frank,. An ongoing dance through life : an oral history : transcript, 2004 / Frank Shawl ; interviewers, Ruth Chen ... [et al.] ; editors, Alyson Belcher, Jeff Friedman, and Ruth Jacbs. Museum of Performance & Design
contributorOf MARSHALL INTERVIEWS DANCER ALVIN AILEY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Photographs: Index. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Milnes, Harriett. Duke Ellington oral history, 1939-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Crest Theatre. African Holiday / by Peter Long in association with Vivienne Stenson ; directed by Alvin Ailey, 1960 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Ailey, Alvin,. Bat-Dor Dance Company collection, [ca.1977-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Alexander, Robert, d. 1989. Robert Alexander papers, 1962-1987. Churchill County Museum
contributorOf LAY INTERVIEWS WITH ALVIN AILEY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
contributorOf INTERVIEW WITH ALVIN AILEY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Ross, Bertram, 1920-. Bertram Ross papers, 1910-2006 (Bulk dates 1980-1996) New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lester Horton Dance Theater Collection, 1918-1996, (bulk 1940-1959) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Dance Notation Bureau Collection, 1930- The Ohio State University. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
referencedIn Clark Center records, 1960-1995 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Bertram Ross papers, 1910-2006, Bulk dates 1980-1996 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Will Inman Papers, 1910-2009 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ann Arbor Dance Theatre records, 1963-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Trisler, Joyce, 1934-1979. Scrapbooks. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Liz Williamson papers, 1937-1990 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Ambrose DuBek dance photograph collection, 1952-1963 and undated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Williamson, Liz. Liz Williamson papers, 1937-1990. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lester Horton Dance Theater. Lester Horton Dance Theater collection, 1926-1996 (bulk 1940-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Walter Terry papers, 1913-1982 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Personalities, World Events, and American Economic, Social, and Cultural Life, ca. 1953 - ca. 1994 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Records of the Agency for International Development. 1948 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to International Development Programs and Activities. 1979 - 1991. The Black Contribution
referencedIn Souvenir programs of ballet, dance, and theatrical productions, ca. 1924-1998. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
contributorOf ALVIN AILEY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Ailey, Alvin, 1931-1989,. Interview with Alvin Ailey. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Wallace, Michele. Michele Wallace papers, ca. 1940-2004. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Will Rapport papers, 1931-1964. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Robert Alexander Papers, 1962-1987 Fales Library & Special Collections
contributorOf LAY INTERVIEW WITH ALVIN AILEY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn TV SATELLITE FILE NO. 340 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Clark Center for the Performing Arts (New York, N.Y.). Clark Center records, 1960-1995. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
referencedIn Alvin Ailey collection, [ca. 1980-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
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contributorOf ROCKA MY SOUL United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Alexander, Robert, 1947- person
associatedWith Alexander, Robert, d. 1989. person
founderOf Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. corporateBody
associatedWith American ballet theatre corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Ann Arbor Dance Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark Center for the Performing Arts (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Crest Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Dance Notation Bureau corporateBody
associatedWith Dance Theatre (Lester Horton) corporateBody
associatedWith De Lavallade, Carmen. person
associatedWith DuBek, Ambrose. person
associatedWith Gruen, John, person
associatedWith Horton, Lester, 1906-1953. person
correspondedWith Inman, Will, 1923- person
associatedWith Jeffry, Alix person
associatedWith Lester Horton Dance Theater. corporateBody
associatedWith London Festival Ballet corporateBody
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Rapport, Will. person
associatedWith Robert Joffrey Ballet (Company) corporateBody
associatedWith Ross, Bertram, 1920- person
associatedWith Shawl, Frank, person
correspondedWith Terry, Walter person
associatedWith Trisler, Joyce, 1934-1979. person
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, Michele person
associatedWith Williamson, Liz. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States 00 US
New York NY US
Rogers TX US
Subject
Dance
Choreography
Occupation
Dancers
Choreographer
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Person

Birth 1931-01-05

Death 1989-12-01

Americans

English

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