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Artur Michel papers

Title
Artur Michel papers, 1832-1987 (bulk 1920-1946)
Author
Michel, Artur.
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Description
8.36 linear feet (20 boxes)
Uniform Title
Aufbau (New York, N.Y.)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Manuscripts.
  • Photographs.
  • Programs.
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Biography (note)
  • German-born dance critic and historian Artur Ferdinand Michel (1883-1946) was a journalist and scholar who immigrated to the United States after the Nazi rise to power, settling in New York, where he became a reviewer for the German-language newspaper Aufbau and wrote articles that appeared in Dance Magazine and other publications.
Language (note)
  • The majority of the collection contains materials in German, but there are some items in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Czech.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 181
OCLC
80719335
Author
Michel, Artur.
Title
Artur Michel papers, 1832-1987 (bulk 1920-1946)
Summary
The Artur Michel papers primarily document the professional concerns of the dance critic and scholar after he settled in New York. Michel's activities in his new home centered on his efforts to complete, translate, and publish a comprehensive book on the history of theatrical dance. Two bound copies of the finished German manuscript of this unpublished work, as well as an English translation of some sections, are available in the collection. In addition to research materials, the collection includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, programs, publicity materials, and original writings that document a broad spectrum of the rich German dance scene during the 1920s and early 1930s. Notable correspondents from this time include La Argentina, Yvonne Georgi, Valeska Gert, Raden Mas Jodjana, Harald Kreutzberg, Lizzie Maudrick, Niddy Impekoven, Rudolf von Laban, Gret Palucca, Oskar Schlemmer, Mia Slavenska, and Mary Wigman. Michel's work as a reviewer for the New York-based, German-language newspaper, Aufbau, also gained him access to many figures in contemporary American dance, including Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Helen Tamiris. Although the collection contains no material that deals directly with Michel's experiences under the Nazi regime, researchers studying Jewish refugees from Germany or the German émigré community in New York may be interested in his immigration documents, correspondence with the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, and Aufbau-related materials. Other research interests of Michel's that are well represented in the collection include ballet history, folk dance, and social dance forms.
Biography
German-born dance critic and historian Artur Ferdinand Michel (1883-1946) was a journalist and scholar who immigrated to the United States after the Nazi rise to power, settling in New York, where he became a reviewer for the German-language newspaper Aufbau and wrote articles that appeared in Dance Magazine and other publications. He pursued a career in journalism, becoming an editor and critic for Berlin's Vossische Zeitung (1922-1934), where he covered the vibrant German dance scene. In addition to his newspaper work and interest in contemporary dance, Michel traveled extensively in Europe between 1920 and 1936, studying art, folk dance, and ballet history in France, Italy, Spain, and Austria. Michel sought to leave Germany during the mid-1930s and arrived in New York in June 1941, where he found work writing dance and theater reviews for Aufbau, which served the city's German Jewish population. Through his position on the newspaper, and as a result of reconnecting with fellow émigrés, such as Hanya Holm, he was able to familiarize himself with many developments in American dance. In late 1942, the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars awarded Michel a twelve-month fellowship to complete work on a book, Der Tanz auf der Bühne: Geschichte des Theatertanzes seit der Renaissance (History of the Theatre Dance from the Renaissance to the Present Day), that he had begun in Germany. Although he initially was unsuccessful in finding a publisher for the finished work, Michel, who had been instrumental in organizing an American effort to honor Mary Wigman on her sixtieth birthday, seemed well on his way to establishing himself within the American dance community before his sudden death in 1946.
Location of Other Archival Materials
See also Artur Michel Letters, microfilm *ZBD-654 no. 3, and Scrapbook: Articles from Aufbau microfilm, *ZBD-654 no. 1 in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Language
The majority of the collection contains materials in German, but there are some items in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Czech.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Dance critics.
Added Author
Michel, Artur. Tanz auf der Bühne.
Argentina, 1888-1936.
Gert, Valeska.
Holm, Hanya, 1893-1992.
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958.
Impekoven, Niddy.
Jodjana, Raden Mas.
Kreutzberg, Harald, 1902-1968.
Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958.
Maudrik, Lizzie.
Palucca, Gret, 1902-1993.
Schlemmer, Oskar, 1888-1943.
Slavenska, Mia.
Tamiris, Helen, 1905-1966.
Wigman, Mary, 1886-1973.
Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars.
Added Title
Aufbau (New York, N.Y.)
Research Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 181
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