Joe Nash black dance photograph collection

Collection Data

The Joe Nash Black Dance Photograph Collection was compiled by Nash, historian and researcher of black dance history, to document and acknowledge the contributions of black dancers, choreographers and dance companies from the 1930s to the 1980s. In his capacity as researcher, he also compiled published, unpublished and printed materials, and artwork about black dance and dancers, as well as lectured and coordinated exhibitions. The photograph collection consists of studio and candid portraits, views of rehearsals, and views of performances. Some of the dance styles depicted include ballet, modern, African and African interpretive, and theatrical dance. Views of indigenous dancers are limited; images of dancers or dance styles prior to the formation of dance companies appear in the Dancers series.
Nash, Joe, 1919-2005 (Compiler)
Swope, Martha (Photographer)
Duncan, Kenn (Photographer)
Mussa, Mansa K (Photographer)
Fehl, Fred (Photographer)
Bernard, Bruno (Photographer)
Marbeth (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1931 - 1989
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Joe Nash Black Dance Collection
Nash, Joe, 1919-2005
African American dancers
African American dance
Physical Description
Extent: 1200 items (3.8 lin. ft., 14 boxes)
Many photographs have handwritten descriptive information on verso; some items bear captions; some items bear autographs or handwritten inscriptions on recto.
Many photographs have photographer's handstamp on verso; some items have photographer's name or photography studio name printed on recto; some items have dance company or dance festival handstamp on verso.
Some photographs are either mounted or matted; some items are either cropped or have cropping marks; some items are duplicates.
Organized into three series: I. Dancers; II. Dance Companies; III. Dance Styles.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14932180
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 673d96b0-c61e-012f-a609-58d385a7bc34
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