Jordan Massee collection of Isadora Duncan material

Jordan Massee collection of Isadora Duncan material

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Massee, Jordan
Title: Jordan Massee collection of Isadora Duncan material
Dates: 1877-1990s
Quantity: 9.25 Linear feet (8 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3081

Biographical/Historical Note

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is widely considered to have been the creator of modern dance. Jordan Massee has amassed information documenting her to create this collection.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers, book excerpts, clippings, events, organizations, and photographs relating to Isadora Duncan. There is biographical material, dance studies, artistic evaluation, and other tangential dance subjects that relate back to Duncan's work. The collection also follows the Isadorables and 3rd generation Duncan dancers like Lori Belilove. Jordan Massee's correspondence within this collection mainly consists of him seeking more information related to Isadora Duncan.


Arrangement

Organized into three series: notebooks, research files, and articles.


Index Terms

Articles.
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927
Notebooks.
Research notes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Note

Jordan Massee collection of Isadora Duncan material, ms3081. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Notebooks

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11Black notebook labeled “Volume II/Jordan Massee: An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes, newspaper clippings) (13 pages)
notes, articles and reproductions
2Black notebook labeled in blue ink on white label “An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes)
3Red notebook labeled “An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes)
4Black notebook with handwritten side label “An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes, newspaper clippings)
5Black notebook labeled on side “An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes)
6Thin black notebook with white front label in blue ink “An Isadora Duncan Reader”
7Blue binder with typed front page “Newspaper Clippings from Kansas City, MO Library on Isadora Duncan for Jordan Massee from Charles Johnson December 1987”
8Brown box with white edge labeled “The Loves of Isadora” (contains draft of film script bound in maroon binder)
9Manila folder labeled “RE: The Schools of Isadora by Kay Bardsley”
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21Blue notebook labeled “Gordan Craig by Edward Craig” (photocopies from book)
2Rust colored notebook labeled with side label “I.D. Reader” (photocopies)
3Rust colored notebook labeled on side “An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies)
4Black notebook with no cover: front page reads “Received by Jordan Massee from Richard Arsenty 14 February 1994” (bibliographic references)
5Black notebook with front page in clear cover “John Martin on Isadora Duncan and the Modern Dance” (photocopies)
6Blue notebook with white typed label on front “An Isadora Duncan Reader” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes, newspaper clippings)
7Blue notebook with handwritten label in red ink on side “An Isadora Duncan Reader”
8Blue notebook with yellow label on front “The Isadora Duncan Dancers”
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31Red notebook labeled on side “Bardsley & Russian Debut” (photocopies)
2Black notebook labeled on front “Isadora Duncan Reader”
3Black notebook labeled on front “Notes for a Bibliography of Isadora Duncan Compiled by Jordan Massee: A Work in Progress”
4Black notebook labeled on front “Kay Bardesly/ Jordan Massee Correspondence and Work in Progress”
5Rust colored notebook labeled on side “I.D. Reader” (list of names on front)
6Light blue notebook labeled on side “Bardsley Papers” (photocopies, correspondence)
7White notebook labeled on front “Isadora Duncan and the Isadorables: Photographic Studies by Arnold Genthe, Edward Steichen, Elvira” (photocopies)
8Red notebook labeled on front “Recollections of Isadora Duncan by Ralph Lawton as Told to Jordan Massee” (handwritten notes)
9Black notebook labeled on front “Kay Bardsley: Isadora Duncan and Her Second School, February 1987 (typed manuscript)
10Black notebook labeled on front “Kay Bardsley: Isadora Duncan and Her Second School of Dance (The Dionysion), Novemeber 1986 (photocopies)
11Black notebook labeled on side “King + Maria Theresa”
12Black notebook labeled on front “Isadora Duncan: A Radio Talk by Gordon Craig, 1952, to which is Appended Craig’s Tribute to an Unnamed Dancer, 1920” (photocopies)
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41Black notebook labeled “Duncan Books to Get”
2Red notebook labeled “Dance Magazine 1977: A Six Part Series on Isadora Duncan
3White notebook labeled “An Isadora Duncan Reader: Other Dances and Choreographers/ Also See: The Isadorables: Reconstructions and Dance Tributes (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes)
4White notebook labeled “Isadora Duncan and the Music of Beethoven/ Jordan Massee 1995” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes)
5Blue notebook labeled “The Dances of Isadora Duncan” (photocopies, handwritten and typed notes on dances choreographed and performed by Isadora Duncan)
6Blue notebook labeled “Isadora Duncan Programs I” (photocopies of programs and handwritten notes)
7Black notebook labeled “III. Isadora Duncan Programs…”
8Black notebook with handwritten label “Isadora Duncan: Other Dancers and Choreographers Vol. II”
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51Black notebook labeled “Isadora Duncan Programs II.” (photocopies of programs and handwritten notes)
2White notebook labeled “Isadora Duncan Chronology” (handwritten and typed notes)
7White notebook labeled “An Isadora Duncan Reader”
 

2. Research Files

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53Scrapbook 1 (Reproductions of photos from Genthe and Steichen)
4Scrapbook 2 (Reproductions of artistic photos of Isadora, Drawing and letters, Original program of Daly’s production of Much Ado about Nothing, 1896, Letter from Isadora to Ms. Fisher (4 pages), Letter from Iris Hall Herrick to Jordan Massee regarding early snapshots of Isadora, Letter from Isadora to “Cher harry”)
5“Escrits sur La Danse par Isadora Duncan”
6“Dessins sur les danses d’Isadora Duncan par Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac”
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11Raphael Collazo Scrapbook sent to Jordan Massee and Bismarck Reine
12-4Portraits of Isadora Duncan
15Framed Letter from Isadora Duncan to Ralph Lewton
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71-5Jordan Massee Notes/Correspondence
6-11Photocopies/Research Materials
12-16Programs/Foundations/Events, Et Cetera
 

3. Articles

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61-27Magazines
1-5Magazines/Journal/Digest Clippings
6-9Newspaper Clippings