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Valerie Bettis papers

Valerie Bettis papers, circa 1942-1982.
Bettis, Valerie, 1919-1982.
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Box 7 (oversize designs) (Dance Cage drawer 306)Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 7 (oversize designs) (Dance Cage drawer 306)Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
Box 6Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 6Offsite
Box 5Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 5Offsite
Box 4Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 4Offsite
Box 3Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 3Offsite
Box 2Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 2Offsite
Box 1Moving imageSupervised use (S) *MGZMD 42 Box 1Offsite


approx. 673 items in 198 folders.
Gift of the Valerie Bettis Estate, Adrienne Zausner, executor.
  • Largely comprised of choreographic and production notes (295 items) and correspondence (228 items) documenting Bettis' professional work from 1942-1982. Prominent in the production series are the notes on "A streetcar named Desire." Bettis' correspondents include William Faulkner, Agnes de Mille, Alexandra Danilova, and John Martin. Also in the correspondence series are letters related to the accusations made by the publication "Counterattack" in 1953 that Bettis was involved in Communist-supported activities.
  • Remaining series are: Writings by Bettis (23 items), Contracts (11 items), Records of The Dancers Studio Foundation (47 items), and Miscellaneous (66 items).
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(S) *MGZMD 42
Bettis, Valerie, 1919-1982.
Valerie Bettis papers, circa 1942-1982.
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Local Subject
Manuscripts -- Collections.
Communism and art.
Dance -- Censorship.
Politics in art.
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(S) *MGZMD 42
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