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Pearl Primus collection,

Title
Pearl Primus collection, 1943-1993.
Author
Primus, Pearl.
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Box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 852 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Description
.4 lin. ft. (1 printbox)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Costume design drawings.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Source (note)
  • Pearl Primus
Biography (note)
  • Pearl Primus (1919-1994) was an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. She is best known for presenting African dances, which she researched in Africa; studying their function and meaning; and performing before American audiences. She and her husband and partner, Percival Borde, conducted research in Africa from 1959 through the 1960s and established a performing arts center in Liberia. However, Primus found her creative impetus in the cultural heritage of African Americans, exploring racism, as well as the dignity, beauty, and strength of Black people. Primus received an M.A. in education (1959) and a Ph.D. (1978) in dance education from New York University.
Call Number
Sc MG 852
Author
Primus, Pearl.
Title
Pearl Primus collection, 1943-1993.
Summary
The Pearl Primus Collection consists of two interviews conducted by Marcia Ethel Heard (1989) and James Briggs Murray (1992) with Pearl Primus, covering her dance career in the 1940s, the late 1980s, and the meaning of dance to her personally. There are a few programs, news clippings, and articles, as well as eight colored costume sketches for unidentified and undated dances.
Biography
Pearl Primus (1919-1994) was an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. She is best known for presenting African dances, which she researched in Africa; studying their function and meaning; and performing before American audiences. She and her husband and partner, Percival Borde, conducted research in Africa from 1959 through the 1960s and established a performing arts center in Liberia. However, Primus found her creative impetus in the cultural heritage of African Americans, exploring racism, as well as the dignity, beauty, and strength of Black people. Primus received an M.A. in education (1959) and a Ph.D. (1978) in dance education from New York University.
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Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 852
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