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Ms Thr 566

Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Merce Cunningham Dance Company photographs of dancers and performances, 1956-1987: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: Ms Thr 566
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Title: Merce Cunningham Dance Company photographs of dancers and performances,
Date(s): 1956-1987,
Date(s): (bulk) 1968-1987.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs of the dancers and performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of the Cunningham Dance Foundation through the generousity of David Vaughan; received: 1978 March 8.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Diana Haynes with the assistance of Jennifer Lyons.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Merce Cunningham Dance Company Photographs of Dancers and Performances, 1956-1987 (MS Thr 566). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Biographical / Historical

Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) was an innovative modern dancer, choreographer, and dance company founder. Following two years of formal training and work with the dance company of Martha Graham, Cunningham started his own company in 1953 to experiment with concepts in modern dance.


Arranged alphabetically by performance title. Miscellaneous materials are found at the end of the series.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs from a range of performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. There are also portrait photographs of Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown and Douglas Dunn: one program from a Wellesley College performance, and publicity photographs for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival of 1987.

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