John Lindquist collection
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Extent71 linear feet
The Photographs series contains 7,426 photographic prints (black/white, color, and sepia toned) and 2,803 contact sheets (35 boxes, 2 drawers (15 linear ft.)), depicting dancers, choreographers, and other people (chiefly affiliated with Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival), as well as choreographic works staged at Jacob's Pillow, particularly those of Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis. It spans the dates from 1917-1984 and undated. Also includes photographs of Jacob's Pillow buildings and surroundings, artistic photographs, and some subjects unrelated to dance. Also includes a large number of portraits of unidentified subjects. Includes photographs primarily taken and printed by Lindquist, as well as some photographs printed by Stephan Driscoll from Lindquist negatives. Also includes some photographs by other photographers, including Driscoll, and John Van Lund. Most of the photographs are not dated. Includes original prints, negatives and slides photographed by John Lindquist.
Correspondents include Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, John Christian, Grace Badorek, Barton Mumaw, Hamilton Revelle. Objects include sculpture done by Lindquist and photo-engraved copper plates of Lindquist photographs. Personal papers include Keene (N.H.) High School diploma from 1910, and a certificate from (Mass.) Gov. King dedicating the 1980 Jacob's Pillow season to Lindquist. Also includes documents and clippings pertaining to travel, including a trip to Russia in 1932. The collection also contains programs, posters and reprints of Lindquist photographs.
All except the slides, negatives and films were formerly indexed into databases in the Harvard Theatre Collection that have since been turned into this finding aid. Former databases had filenames: LINDPHOT, LINDOTH, LINDSLID.
Biographical / Historical
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, located in Becket, Mass., got its start in 1930 when Ted Shawn purchased the property known as Jacob's Pillow. He used the farm as a summer dance theater and residence for his group of men dancers from 1933 to 1939. In 1941 the property was purchased from Shawn and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival was incorporated as an educational, artistic, non-profit organization, with Shawn named as founder and artistic director. Jacob's Pillow was the first dance festival in the U.S., and remains a unique institution. The Ted Shawn Theatre was built in 1942, one of the first theaters built specifically for presentation of choreographic works, and has been enlarged over the years. Shawn remained director until his death in 1972; subsequent directors include John Christian (1972), Walter Terry (1973), Charles Reinhart (1974), Norman Walker (1975-1979), Liz Thompson (1980- ). Hundreds of choreographic works have premiered at Jacob's Pillow, and many U.S. debuts have occured there, representing dancers and companies from all over the world.
- Photographs, 1917-1984 and undated [Boxes 1-35]
- Objects Boxes
- Personal papers
- Published photographs
- Drawings, posters, etc...
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additional materials were acquired as a gift of Stephan Driscoll; these items are identified within the finding aid.
- Lindquist, John. John Lindquist collection, 1910-1985: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Processed and encoded as part of the Dance Heritage Coalition Access to Dance Research Resources Project, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities
- EAD ID
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