Guide to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Papers, circa 1997

Summary Information

Title: Merce Cunningham Dance Company Papers, circa 1997
Collection: AC.586
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

This collection consists of a black with gold lettering folder of a 1953 information on Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The Dance Company was formed at Black Mountain College in 1953.

Creator: Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company was formed at Black Mountain College in 1953 by Merce Cunningham, a dancer and choreographer at the forefront of American modern dance. The original Company included dancers Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Paul Taylor, and Remy Charlip, and musicians John Cage and David Tudor.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a black with gold lettering folder Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Inside the folder is the program of the Summer of 1953 performance of Cunningham and his dancers at Black Mountain College, and a history of the event written by David Vaughan. The summer session was organized by John Cage and Cunningham took a few of his dancers who had been working with him in New York, declining payment for his own services so his dancers could also be given room and board. The programs are white-on-white with embossed lettering, designed by John Cage and Earle Brown.

Arrangement

It is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection came from Merce Cunningham, New York, New York in 1997. Accession number AC.2002.041

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.586: Merce Cunningham Dance Company Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, circa 1997 ACSC_Box 17, Folder 17