The Ted Shawn papers, Additions date from 1833 to 1980 (bulk 1920-1970) and document Shawn's career through correspondence, writings, business records, musical scores, photographs, scrapbooks, programs, and other printed material. The collection also holds a small amount of St. Denis's business records, concerning her activities between 1930 and 1932.
Biographical/historical: Ted Shawn (1891-1972) was an American dancer, choreographer, educator, and founder of Jacob's Pillow, an internationally renowned dance education center and performance space. With Ruth St. Denis, he created the Denishawn School of Dance, the first dance school to produce a professional company in the United States.
Acquisition: Gift of the Estate of John Christian, 1992.