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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms Thr 566

Merce Cunningham Dance Company photographs of dancers and performances


Photographs of the dancers and performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.


  • 1956-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1987

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection contains photographs from a range of performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. There are also portrait photographs of Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown and Douglas Dunn: one program from a Wellesley College performance, and publicity photographs for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival of 1987.

Biographical / Historical

Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) was an innovative modern dancer, choreographer, and dance company founder. Following two years of formal training and work with the dance company of Martha Graham, Cunningham started his own company in 1953 to experiment with concepts in modern dance.


Arranged alphabetically by performance title. Miscellaneous materials are found at the end of the series.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Cunningham Dance Foundation through the generousity of David Vaughan; received: 1978 March 8.

Processing Information

Processed by: Diana Haynes with the assistance of Jennifer Lyons.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Merce Cunningham Dance Company photographs of dancers and performances, 1956-1987: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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