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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 627

Ambrose DuBek dance photograph collection


Black and white photographs of dances and dancers chiefly from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and chiefly photographed by John Lindquist.


  • 1952-1963 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Most of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.25 linear feet (6 boxes)

14 albums (disbound) of black and white photographs of dances and dancers chiefly from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and chiefly photographed by John Lindquist. Also included are publicity photographs by others including Arks Smith and Martha Swope.

Biographical / Historical

Ambrose DuBek was chief set designer and decorator for CBS Television from his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945 until his retirement in 1986. A mentor and patron to many in the arts, he was known in the worlds of dance, theatre, publishing, radio, television, film, music and opera.


Arranged in original album order.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Ambrose DuBek, Phoenix, Arizona; received: 1987.

General note

Most of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Monique Duhaime and Melanie Wisner.

DuBek, Ambrose, collector. Ambrose DuBek dance photograph collection, 1952-1963: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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