Research Catalog

Jamake Highwater papers,

Title
Jamake Highwater papers, 1954-2001.
Author
Highwater, Jamake.
Supplementary Content
Finding Aid

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Additional Authors
Description
  • 54.2 linear feet (97 boxes, 2 folders).
  • 8 boxes of tapes, 3 boxes of video cassettes, 3 boxes of films).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Motion pictures.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Video recordings.
Access (note)
  • Advance notice required.
  • are unavailable to researchers pending further processing.
Source (note)
  • Highwater, Jamake; Native Land Foundation
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • also located at: Dance Collection, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Biography (note)
  • Jamake Highwater (b. ca. 1930) was the director and choreographer for the San Francisco Contemporary Dancers from 1954 to 1967, and a rock music journalist and travel writer from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. From 1975 on, he was been primarily a lecturer and an author of fiction and non-fiction, dealing mostly with American Indian arts and culture, and with myth and ritual in general. Based in New York from 1967 until the mid-1980s, Highwater moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and died in 2001.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available online and in repository:
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 1395
Author
Highwater, Jamake.
Title
Jamake Highwater papers, 1954-2001.
Access
Advance notice required. Apply at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Audio tapes, videos, films, and filmstrips are unavailable to researchers pending further processing.
Summary
The Jamake Highwater Papers consist chiefly of Highwater's writings, in typescript and published form; newspaper and magazine articles about Highwater; correspondence; and items documenting his lecture tours, mass media projects, and other activities. There are also photographs, slides and films that document Highwater's work as a lecturer, his involvement with the San Francisco Contemporary Dancers, publicity pictures of Highwater himself, and his work with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Also included are numerous interviews with notable rock musicians for the book Rock and Other Four Letter Words. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1970s and 1980s, and documents Highwater's public career as a writer and lecturer. Except for some correspondence with friends and relatives, there is very little of a personal nature. Biographical information on Highwater may be found in the materials concerning his identity in Box 34, and in the multiple revisions of his memoir, I Took the Fire.
Biography
Jamake Highwater (b. ca. 1930) was the director and choreographer for the San Francisco Contemporary Dancers from 1954 to 1967, and a rock music journalist and travel writer from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. From 1975 on, he was been primarily a lecturer and an author of fiction and non-fiction, dealing mostly with American Indian arts and culture, and with myth and ritual in general. Based in New York from 1967 until the mid-1980s, Highwater moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and died in 2001.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Materials pertaining mostly to Highwater's work with the San Francisco Contemporary Dancers also located at: Dance Collection, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Indexes
Finding aid available online and in repository: http://www.nypl.org/archives/1432
Connect to:
Occupation
Authors.
Choreographers.
Journalists.
Lecturers.
Added Author
Campbell, Joseph, 1904-1987.
Dlugozewski, Lucia.
Hawkins, Erick.
Montagu, Ashley, 1905-
Morgan, Barbara Brooks, 1900-1992.
Moyers, Bill D.
Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977.
Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007.
Native Land Foundation.
Native Land Research Center.
San Francisco Contemporary Dancers.
Research Call Number
MssCol 1395
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