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Katherine Dunham Photograph Collection

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Katherine Dunham Photograph Collection, circa 1910s-2000s | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Katherine Dunham Photograph Collection, circa 1910s-2000sAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 2/3/UAPH 07

Extent: 5.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged by subject.

Forms of Material: African American dancers - Photographs, Dance - Photographs, Dunham, Katherine - Photographs, Haiti - Photographs, Katherine Dunham Company - Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Katherine Dunham Photograph Collection consists of photographs and negatives documenting her family, dance career, and teaching career.  Depicted family members include her mother and father, her brother Albert, Jr., husband John Pratt, and daughter Marie-Christine.  Several pictures document performances such as “Le Jazz Hot,” “Tropics,” “L'Ag'Ya," “Rites de Passage,” and others.  The collection also contains publicity and non-publicity photographs, Dunham’s dance troupe members and other talent, celebrities (some pictured with Katherine), Dunham’s world travel, her dance schools, and teaching at Southern Illinois University.   There are also around 400 photographs taken by Katherine Dunham in the Caribbean while she was there in the 1930's doing research for a Masters degree from the University of Chicago.

The collection also contains both original and copy negatives, most of which have a corresponding printed photographs.  These negatives were originally separated from the collection.  During reprocessing there were located and reincorporated into the current arrangement.  Boxes 17 and 18 contain binders of photocopied reproductions that serve as an index to the collection.  They were created by archival staff and not a part of the original collection.

The collection compliments Katherine Dunham’s faculty papers which are also housed at the Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted Access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Technical Access Note: Viewing the negatives may require a light box.

Separated Materials: Katerine Dunham papers.

Preferred Citation: Katherine Dunham Photographic Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Finding Aid Revision History: The original processing and finding aid was created by Special Collections staff on an unknown date.  The finding aid was revised by Matt Gorzalski in December 2012.  The collection number was changed from PH55 to UAPH 07.  Several negatives had been removed or filed into the Negatives Collection, which were located and reincorporated into this collection.  The negatives were also identified at the item level.  Boxes 5 and 6 were added to the content list.  In October 2016 the collection was rehoused and condensed from 18 boxes to 6 boxes.

Other Note: This collection was originally boxes 80-84 in the Katherine Dunham Papers (FP 20-7-F1).


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Volume 1: Photograph Index Binder, Book 1, Boxes 1-3: Family and Non-publicity PhotographsAdd to your cart.
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Volume 3: Photograph Index Binder, Book 3, Boxes 6-8, Female and Male Dancers, Female TalentAdd to your cart.

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