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Hadassah papers

Hadassah papers, 1938-1988.
Hadassah, 1909?-1992.
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10.49 linear ft. (10 boxes)
  • Correspondence.
  • Clippings.
  • Programs.
Source (note)
  • Epstein, Milton.
Biography (note)
  • Hadassah, American dancer specializing in Indian dance, choreographer and teacher, was born in Jerusalem in 1909.
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  • Finding aid available in repository and Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 135
Hadassah, 1909?-1992.
Hadassah papers, 1938-1988.
The Hadassah papers consists of correspondence, newsletters, clippings from newspapers and dance-themed magazines, programs and playbills with Hadassah and other dancers and dance companies and photographs. The collection spans the years of 1937-1988, with a heavy concentration on the years 1947-1961. Notable correspondents represented include the dancers Ted Shawn and La Meri (whose correspondence contains considerable biographical material) and her Javanese dance teachers Kodrat and Wiradat. There is some personal correspondence although this is limited. Her husband, Milton Epstein, is represented by one folder that contains correspondence and material about Hadassah written by him. The majority of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings and copies of dance magazines in which Hadassah is highlighted. There is substantial material on the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore and the Tagore Society of New York, who commissioned her dance work Tagore suite in honor of his centenary in 1961.
Hadassah, American dancer specializing in Indian dance, choreographer and teacher, was born in Jerusalem in 1909. She made her professional debut in 1938, with Japanese dancer Kenji Hinoke. She made her solo debut on January 11, 1945 in a program shared with Josephine Premice, and Pearl Primus. Hadassah and Company debuted at the YM/YWHA on June 4, 1950. During the 1950s and 60s she performed many times at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. She toured India and Israel in 1959. She was a faculty member, board member and chairwoman of the ethnic division at the New Dance Group Studio in Manhattan. Hadassah was married to Milton Epstein soon after coming to the United States. She died of cancer Nov. 18, 1992, in Manhattan at the age of 83.
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Dance teachers.
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Epstein, Milton.
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972.
Kodrat, R.M.
La Meri, 1898-1988.
Wiradat, R.M.
New Dance Group (New York, N.Y.)
Tagore Society of New York.
Research Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 135
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