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MS Thr 943

Hughes, Russell Meriwether, 1898-1988. Russell Meriwether Hughes photographs, watercolors, and ephemera, 1920-1988: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b, pf
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,
Date(s): 1920-1988.
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

91-92.004. Gift of Anna Erskine Crouse, 1991 July 2.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Emma Clement

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Russell Meriwether Hughes Photographs, Watercolors, and Ephemera, 1920-1988 (MS Thr 943). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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Scope and Contents

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.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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