University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Malcolm Pitt:

A Preliminary Inventory of his Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Pitt, Malcolm, 1896-1986
Title: Malcolm Pitt Papers
Dates: 1924-1947
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, and ephemera related to modern American dance and its practitioners, notably Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, La Meri, and Barton Mumaw.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00402
Extent: 1 document box, 1 oversize folder (osf) (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Malcolm Pitt Papers consist of materials relating to American dance, much of it collected by Pitt through his friendship with dance pioneer Ted Shawn. The collection includes a cordial correspondence between the two men spanning twenty years. Shawn sent Pitt ephemera from the Denishawn School of Dancing and Its Related Arts, such as the first issue of the school’s magazine and a tour bulletin. Also included are materials from “Shawn and His Men Dancers,” the troop Shawn operated after the closure of the Denishawn School, and Jacob’s Pillow, Shawn’s dance festival and workshop in Massachusetts. The collection also includes material concerning the career of La Meri, an American dancer known for her interpretation of Hindu dance, and other performers.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2016 (16-04-014-P)

Processed by:

Elizabeth E. Preston, 2016


Container List

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1.1 Balasaraswati, Tanjore, recital program, undated
Denishawn School of Dancing and Its Related Arts
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1.2 Denishawn Magazine, vol. 1, no. 1, 1924
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1.3 "In the Orient" programs and bulletin, 1926
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osf Kay, Ifor. "Ram Gopal: Lord of the Dance," Everybody’s Weekly, 4 October 1947
La Meri
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1.4 Correspondence, undated, 1940
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1.5 "An Evening of Hindu Natya" program, 1941
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1.6 The Gesture Language of the Hindu Dance, publication announcement, 1949
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1.7 Mumaw, Barton, repertory booklet, 1940
Photographs
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1.8 Mouradoff, Grant, undated
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1.9 Mumaw, Barton, undated
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1.10 St. Denis, Ruth, undated
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1.11 Shawn, Ted, 1926
Shawn, Ted
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1.12 Correspondence, 1926-1947
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1.13 George Peabody College for Teachers, dance course announcements, 1939-1940
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1.14 "How Beautiful Upon the Mountain: A History of Jacob’s Pillow," 1943
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1.15 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival brochures, undated, 1942
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osf Shawn and His Men Dancers broadside, 1937
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1.16 Shawn and His Men Dancers publicity materials, 1930s
Willard Hotel Ballroom concert series flyer, 1936