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Dale Harris papers,

Dale Harris papers, 1939-1995.
Harris, Dale, 1928-1996.
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  • Articles.
  • Brochures.
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Legal documents.
  • Photographs.
  • Programs.
  • Promotional materials.
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  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Language (note)
  • This collection contains some materials in russian, french, german, and italian.
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  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Harris, Dale, 1928-1996.
Dale Harris papers, 1939-1995.
Terms Of Use
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
The collection consists of correspondence, lectures, articles, photographs, programs, contracts, legal records, notes, and clippings. The Dale Harris papers consist of correspondence, lectures, articles, reviews, photographs, programs, contracts, legal records, notes, and clippings that document his career as a dance critic and lecturer from the late 1960s through the mid-1990s. The correspondence series contains not only incoming letters but copies of his responses. This gives a wonderfully detailed look at some aspects of his professional writing career. Highlights include a letter from Romola Nijinsky and correspondence from David Vaughan. The personal papers series includes programs, itineraries, and photographs from his various worldwide travels. The professional papers documents Harris' work as a contributing writer for Architectural Digest and his time as General Editor for Da Capo's Dance reprint series, as well as his tenured professorships at both Sarah Lawrence College and Cooper Union. The articles series contains include an interview Harris conducted with Rudolf Nureyev for Dance in America, as well as various pieces Harris wrote on prominent dancers, particularly Sergei Diaghilev, Fred Astaire, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Margot Fonteyn. The subject files and clippings series includes information on topics of interest or research value, particularly relating to dance performances of which Harris reviewed or lectured such as those of Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp. This collection contains no information about his home and family life.
Dale Harris was a preeminent dance critic who lectured on a wide variety of topics including ballet, cultural history, and opera. Stanley Dale Harris, born on November 16, 1928 in the U.K., was a prolific writer and arts lecturer who wrote on a wide variety of subjects including literature, opera, art, and dance history, fostering a reputation as the preeminent dance critic at the Wall Street Journal and a music critic for The Washington Post. A popular lecturer on ballet, cultural history, and opera, Harris lectured for several preeminent cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Opera Guild. An active member of the dance-critic community, he also served as the President of the Dance Critics Association and the General Editor of the Da Capo Dance Reprint Series during the 1980s. Harris received his Doctorate in 1965 and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1958 after emigrating from his native England. In the 1960s and 1970s, he taught English Literature at Harvard and Stanford University, and later moved on to teach Dance History at New York University and English Literature at Sarah Lawrence College. In the early 1970s, Harris ultimately settled at Cooper Union where he taught Art History and Humanities courses for 21 years. He also held various public lectures at Princeton University, the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Opera Guild, and Christie's on a number of cultural and art historical topics from the 1970s to the 1990s. In addition to teaching, Harris wrote for numerous magazines, newspapers, and specialized journals. His publications include articles and reviews in Ballet Review, Ballet News, Dancing Times, The Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times Book Review, a number of articles for newspapers including the New York Times, the London Observer, he also wrote dance and music entries for the Encyclopedia of Dance and Ballet. Dale Harris worked as an arts critic for several television and radio stations, such as WHRB, the Harvard student radio station. Catalog advertisements for sets of CD's and tapes based on his opera talks, which became best sellers at the Metropolitan Opera, are found in this collection. Harris also wrote a novel Home Fires Burning, which is not present in this collection. Dale Harris died of complications from AIDS on March 14, 1996.
This collection contains some materials in russian, french, german, and italian.
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Connect to:
Dance critics
Teacher educators
Local Subject
Dance -- History -- 20th century.
Dance criticism.
Added Author
Cunningham, Merce.
Nijinsky, Romola de Pulszky.
Tharp, Twyla.
Vaughan, David, 1924-
Architectural Digest.
Ballet Review.
Dance Critics Association (U.S.)
Dance in America.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
New York City Ballet (New York, N.Y.)
New York Times Company.
Research Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 201
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