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M-503 Katherine Dunham Collection

ABSTRACT: Documents related to the legacy of celebrated dancer Katherine Dunham.

DATE: circa 1978-1979

SCOPE: This collection of newspaper clippings and article drafts focuses on a gala held in Katherine Dunham’s honor at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1979. At the gala, Dunham was presented with the Albert Schweitzer Music Award for her contributions to the performing arts and her dedication to humanitarian work. She was honored by former students, including actress and singer Eartha Kitt. The collection also includes an outline of goals for the Performing Arts Training Center in East St. Louis (also known as the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts).

EXTENT: One folder.

ACCESS: This collection can be viewed on-site in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room.  Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition and other access restrictions. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus.

PREFERRED CITATION: When citing the materials from this collection, the preferred citation is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."