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Jane Sherman papers

Title
Jane Sherman papers, 1922-2004.
Author
Sherman, Jane, 1908-
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Description
13 linear feet (31 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Diaries.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
Note
  • This collection incorporates material that was previously cataloged as Jane Sherman papers, 1925-1982 (former call number (S) *MGZMD 63).
Source (note)
  • Sherman, Jane
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
  • See also Jane Sherman papers relating to Allan Seager in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Biography (note)
  • American dancer and author, Jane Sherman (born 1908), is perhaps best known for her association with the Denishawn Dancers, the modern dance group created by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 193
OCLC
163595458
Author
Sherman, Jane, 1908-
Title
Jane Sherman papers, 1922-2004.
Summary
The Jane Sherman papers span the years 1922-2004, with the majority of the material dating between 1982 and 1999. It is comprised primarily of clippings, correspondence, personal and professional papers, manuscripts, and writings. Of special note among the correspondence and personal papers are a diary and letters written by Sherman to her family during her 1925-26 tour of the Far East. Additional correspondence includes notes from Doris Humphrey, as well as detailed observations of the countries Sherman visited on the tour. Other notable correspondents include George Dorris, Michelle Mathesius, and Barton Mumaw. The collection is important in its documentation of Sherman's writings and work with the Denishawn Repertory Dancers reconstructing Denishawn choreography. The collection, however, does not contain extensive information relating to Sherman's own early career as a dancer with the Denishawn Dancers or the Humphrey-Weidman Dance Company.
Biography
American dancer and author, Jane Sherman (born 1908), is perhaps best known for her association with the Denishawn Dancers, the modern dance group created by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. The youngest dancer in the Denishawn group, Sherman would become a writer on dance subjects, and, in later years, she helped to reconstruct the early choreographic works of St. Denis and Shawn. Sherman toured with the company to the Far East in 1925-1926, and in the United States, 1926-1927. She also was a member of their troupe on the Ziegfeld Follies tour, 1927-1928. Sherman joined the Humphrey-Weidman Company (1928-1929) when those two dancers left Denishawn. She also appeared in Broadway musicals, studied in Europe, and danced with the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes. An author of non-fiction juvenile books, Sherman also wrote several autobiographical books. Among those were: Soaring: The Diary and Letters of a Denishawn Dancer in the Far East (1976), The Drama of Denishawn Dance (1979), Denishawn: The Enduring Influence (1983), and she was co-author of Barton Mumaw, Dancer (1983 and 2000). Sherman also wrote articles for Ballet Review, Dance Chronicle, and Dance Magazine. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sherman was the artistic director for the Denishawn Repertory Dancers. In this role, she prepared programs for appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in their 1996 series, America Dancing. The group also performed at Jacob's Pillow, St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery (New York City), and the Lyon Biennale de la Danse (Lyon, France). Sherman, who was married to composer Ned Lehac from 1940 until his death in 1999, currently lives at the Actor's Fund of America retirement home in Englewood, New Jersey.
Location of Other Archival Materials
See also her Scrapbooks (microform; *ZBD-438) in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
See also Jane Sherman papers relating to Allan Seager in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Dance critics.
Dancers.
Added Author
Dorris, George E.
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958.
Lehac, Ned, 1899-1999.
Mathesius, Michelle.
Mumaw, Barton, 1912-
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968.
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972.
Denishawn Dancers.
Denishawn Repertory Dancers.
Research Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 193
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