Katherine Dunham papers, 1906-2009.


Katherine Dunham papers, 1906-2009.


The Katherine Dunham papers consists of correspondence, writings, scripts, notes on dance techniques, and musical scores with the bulk of the collection consisting of personal correspondence. This collection also highlights Dunham's early explorations as an anthropologist in the 1930s when she studied a multitude of movement types and dance forms. However, it is Dunham's focus on the movements and dances of the African Diaspora that so influenced her development as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. The rest of the collection consists of music from her field research in Haiti, photographs, and manuscripts related to her published works: The Dances of Haiti, Journey to Accompong, Island Possessed, and The Negro Dance. Among others, notable correspondents include Josephine Baker, Harry Belefonte, Doris Duke, W.C. Handy, Langston Hughes, Eartha Kitt, Butterfly McQueen, Anthony Quinn, and Paul Robeson.

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