Eleanor King photographs, 1928-1988.

Eleanor King photographs, approximately 1900-1990 1928-1988.

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Box 1Still imageSupervised useAvailable*MGZEB 16-245 Box 1Offsite
Box 2Still imageSupervised useAvailable*MGZEB 16-245 Box 2Offsite
Box 3Still imageSupervised useAvailable*MGZEB 16-245 Box 3Offsite
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Box 5Still imageSupervised useAvailable*MGZEB 16-245 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


5 boxes (1.93 linear feet) : black and white and color; 34 x 26 cm or smaller.
  • Photographs.
  • Slides.
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*MGZEB 16-245
Eleanor King photographs, approximately 1900-1990 1928-1988.
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still image
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Collection contains black and white and color photographs and slides documenting the life and career of modern dance choreographer, teacher and dancer Eleanor King and span from approximately 1900 to 1990. A number of the photographs capture King's performances with the Humphrey-Weidman Company, as well as her own works over several decades. Many photographs and slides depict King's travels to the Far East: her four trips to Japan, and 1976 trip to Korea (Fulbright Research Grants, 1967 and 1976, respectively). There are also some candid and early photographs of King, her family and friends, as well as portraits. A few black and white and color negatives are also found in the collection.
Choreographer, dancer and teacher Eleanor King (1906-1991) was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania. In 1927, she enrolled in the Denishawn School where she studied with modern dance pioneers Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, becoming a founding member of their company from 1928 to 1935. With The Little Group (a Humphrey-Weidman offshoot), King began to choreograph in 1931, continuing to perform and teach in New York and on the East coast until 1941. She moved to Seattle, Washington, teaching and performing there from 1942 to 1951. In 1952, she joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she remained until her retirement in 1971, then moving to Santa Fe. King traveled to Europe and the Far East, and was the recipient of two Fulbright Research Grants in 1967 and 1976, as well as numerous awards and tributes. Her autobiography, Transformations: the Humphrey-Weidman era; a memoir, was published by Dance Horizons in 1978. King died at the Actors Home in New Jersey on February 27, 1991.
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*MGZEB 16-245
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