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Location: Harvard Depository
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Call No.: MS Thr 943
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hughes, Russell Meriwether, 1898-1988.
Title: Russell Meriwether Hughes photographs, watercolors, and ephemera,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (1 box and 1 portfolio box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs, watercolors and ephemera of American dancer, teacher and choreographer, Russell Meriwether Huges, known as La Meri.
Russell Meriwether Hughes (1898-1988), also known as La Meri, was an American dancer, teacher, scholar and choreographer specializing in ethnic Spanish and Indian dance. She co-founded the School of Natya with Ruth St. Denis in 1940 and founded Ethnologic Dance Center and the Ethnologic Dance Theater in 1945.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Photographs
- II. Watercolors
- III. Ephemera
The collection features photographs relating to the career of Russell Meriwether Hughes, know professionally as La Meri, as well as several watercolors attributed to her, pamphlets, and clippings. It is comprised mainly of individual portraits of La Meri in ethnic costumes and dance poses, primarily depicting the dances of India, Indonesia, Persia, and the Philippines, though Eastern Europe and Spain are also represented.
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