Collection Items

  • Collection
    Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection [Katherine Dunham, dancer, three-quarter length portrait] (top to bottom) Katherine Dunham as Woman with a Cigar from Tropics, by Alfredo Valenti; Katherine Dunham in the 1940 Broadway hit production of Cabin in the Sky; Katherine Dunham in Le Jazz Hot, originally presented in 1939; Katherine Dunham in a 1952 photograph of Floyd's Guitar Blues. This collection consists of moving image materials that document the...
    • Contributor: Dunham, Katherine
    • Date: 1920

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    [Katherine Dunham, dancer, three-quarter length portrait, facing left, wearing dance costume] Photograph. Portrait Photographs-1950-1960.. Publicity Photographs-1950-1960.. Photographic Prints-1950-1960.. photograph | 1 photographic print. | Studio IRIS. (Statement Of Responsibility). Katherine Dunham in "Rara Tonga", which premiered in 1937 Title devised by Library staff. Stamped on verso: S. Hurok presents Katherine Dunham and her company Broadway Theatre. With inscription: Nov. 22 - Dec. 17. Date stamped on verso: Feb 6 1956. Publication may be restricted. For...
    • Date: 1956
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Katherine Dunham in Tropical Revue (1943), at New York's Martin Beck Theatre photograph | New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Library of Congress (Venue). Photograph (Form).
    • Contributor: Valenti, Alfredo
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Katherine Dunham in costume for Tropical Revue (1945), at New York's Century Theatre photograph | New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Library of Congress (Venue). Photograph (Form).
    • Contributor: Valenti, Alfredo
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Katherine Dunham in the dance revue Bambouche!, at New York's 54th Street Theater, ca. 1955 photograph | New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Library of Congress (Venue). Photograph (Form).
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Katherine Dunham and her daughter Marie Christine board an airplane in New York bound for Rome, 1953 photograph | New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Library of Congress (Venue). Photograph (Form).
    • Contributor: Pan American World Airways, International Airport, N.Y.
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Katherine Dunham in costume, ca. 1955 photograph | New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Library of Congress (Venue). Photograph (Form).
    • Contributor: Twachtman, Phyllis
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
  • Film, Video
    Shango This clip was filmed on 16mm at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago by Ann Barzel in 1947.The film is a compilation of excepts from Tropical Revue and includes sections of Tropics; Son; Nañig; Choros #1; Haitian Roadside; Street Scene; Shango; L’Ag’Ya (Market Scene, Pas de Deux, Mazouk, Beguine, Charm Dance, Ag’ya fight, and the beginning of the death scene). The ag’ya fight is performed by...
  • Film, Video
    Charm Dance from "L'Ag'Ya" This clip was filmed on 16mm at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago by Ann Barzel in 1947.The film is a compilation of excepts from Tropical Revue and includes sections of Tropics; Son; Nañig; Choros #1; Haitian Roadside; Street Scene; Shango; L’Ag’Ya (Market Scene, Pas de Deux, Mazouk, Beguine, Charm Dance, Ag’ya fight, and the beginning of the death scene. The ag’ya fight is performed by...
  • Film, Video
    Ag'Ya Fight from "L'Ag'Ya" This clip was filmed on 16mm at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago by Ann Barzel in 1947.The film is a compilation of excepts from Tropical Revue and includes sections of Tropics; Son; Nañig; Choros #1; Haitian Roadside; Street Scene; Shango; L’Ag’Ya (Market Scene, Pas de Deux, Mazouk, Beguine, Charm Dance, Ag’ya fight, and the beginning of the death scene. The ag’ya fight is performed by...
  • Film, Video
    Choros This clip is from a 1960 television production titled Karibische Rhythmen. Regie: Gunther Hassert, filmed in Vienna by WDR Fernsehen, Cologne, Germany. (Source Note).
  • Film, Video
    Cumbia This clip is from a 1960 television production titled Karibische Rhythmen. Regie: Gunther Hassert, filmed in Vienna by WDR Fernsehen, Cologne, Germany. (Source Note).
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    Digitizing the Collection Photographs Images from the Library of Congress’ New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection were scanned at 600 dpi by JJT, Inc., of Plymouth, Massachusetts, using a Sinar 54 overhead digital camera. The images were processed using proprietary software algorithms and delivered as TIFF images displaying at 400 ppi.
  • Web Page
    Related Resources Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities http://kdcah.org/ External
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    Rights and Access The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as holders of publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or...
  • Article
    A Life in Dance & The Katherine Dunham Legacy Project Articles describing the significance of Katherine Dunhams works, her legacy, and the mission of the Foundation, which was established in 1996 whos goal is to improve the quality of people's lives by nurturing the arts.
    • Date: 1930
  • Article
    Katherine Dunham Timeline 1909 Katherine Mary Dunham is born on 22 June 1909 in a Chicago hospital. Her father, Albert Millard Dunham, is black; her mother, Fanny June Dunham, is a woman of French-Canadian and American Indian heritage. Shortly after her birth, her parents take the infant Katherine to their home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a village about fifteen miles west of Chicago. She spends her early...
    • Date: 1909
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  • Article
    Aida In the early 1960s Katherine Dunham was commissioned to provide choreography for a new production of Aida at New York's Metropolitan Opera. One of Giuseppe Verdi's greatest works and certainly one of the grandest of grand operas, Aida had its premiere at the Cairo Opera House on Christmas Eve 1871. It tells the story of a love triangle in ancient Egypt: Radames, a captain...
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    Bal Nègre Katherine Dunham in "Bal Negre", 1946. Photographer, Vandamm Studio. Courtesy of Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Katherine Dunham devised Bal Nègre as a revue to showcase her company of dancers, singers, and musicians. During a nine-month tour of the United States, the running order of numbers on the program changed frequently,...
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    Barrelhouse Katherine Dunham in a c.1950s photograph of "Barrelhouse." Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Choreographed by Katherine Dunham in 1938, Barrelhouse (also known as Barrelhouse Blues and Florida Swamp Shimmy) is one of the first of what she would come to call her Americana works. Based on the Shimmy from the Florida Gulf Coast, Dunham once explained that...
  • Article
    Cabin in the Sky Katherine Dunham in the 1940 Broadway hit production of "Cabin in the Sky". Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Billed as "A Musical Play (Fantasy) in Two Acts, Nine Scenes," Cabin in the Sky opened on 25 October 1940 at New York's Martin Beck Theater. The playbill on opening night included the following credits: "Book by Lynn Root....
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    Carib Song Billed as "A Musical Play of the West Indies in Two Acts and Thirteen Scenes," Carib Song opened on 27 September 1945 at the Adelphi Theater in New York. The playbill included the following credits: "Book by William Archibald. Music by Baldwin Bergersen. Lyrics by William Archibald. Book directed by Mary Hunter. Choreography by Katherine Dunham. Production staged by Katherine Dunham and Mary Hunter....