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Martha Graham collection
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Lccn: 2010561026
biographical data: Martha Graham (b. May 11, 1894 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania; d. April 1, 1991 in New York City), dancer, choreographer, teacher, and company director, was a pioneer in the establishment of American modern dance and one of the principal choreographers of the twentieth century. In a career spanning over seven decades, she developed her own movement technique and produced over 180 choreographic works. She was also well-known for her innovative collaborations with such artists as, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, lighting designer Jean Rosenthal, and composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Norman Dello Joio, Robert Starer, William Schuman, and Louis Horst.
related material: transferred to the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Applies To: Moving image materials
related material: The following collections in the Library of Congress Music Division contain materials related to Martha Graham: Aaron Copland Collection, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Collection, Herta Moselsio Collection, Nathan Kroll Collection, Helen McGehee and UmaƱa Collection of Dance Materials, Miriam Cole Collection, Benjamin Garber Collection, and Erick Hawkins Collection. There is correspondence between Graham and former chief of the Music Division, Harold Spivack, in the Music Division's Old Correspondence file. The Music Division also holds archival collections for many of the composers who collaborated with Graham.
related material: The Library of Congress Manuscript Division holds the Lucy Kroll Papers (Graham's agent) and the Muriel Rukeyser Papers, which contain the correspondence of Frances G. Wickes, Graham's psychiatrist. In addition, the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division contains images of Martha Graham.
Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at
350,100 items (398 boxes, 590 linear feet)
Provision Activity
Production: 1896/2003 inclusive collection dates
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Preferred Citation
Martha Graham Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
Authorized Access Point
Martha Graham collection, 1896-2003 (bulk 1926-1991)