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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1797

Frederick R. Koch photographs of modern and ballet dancers

Contains photographs of modern dancers such as Ted Shawn, as well as their Denishawn dance company, ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, among others involved in dance performance in the first decades of the twentieth century.


  • circa 1915-1930

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Contains black-and-white photographs related to modern dance, specifically the Denishawn School of Dancing founded by Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis, as well as portraits of modern and ballet dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Hubert Stowitts, Egorowa, Zelia Raye, Quentin Tod, and Alexandre Volinine. Some of the Denishawn-related photographs are production photographs and portraits from dance performances, while others are photographs from Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis' travel with the company in India, Japan, and elsewhere. Also included are a few examples of promotional materials, including programs and season announcements, as well as newspaper clippings and two woodcuts that appear to be images from Denishawn dances. Some of the photographs seem to have been removed from an album related to Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, and the Denishawn School of Dancing.

Biographical / Historical

Most of the photographs are of Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis, cofounders and dancers in the Denishawn School of Dancing. Shawn and St. Denis founded Denishawn in 1915, and maintained the company until 1931.


Photographs are arranged starting with those of Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis, followed by Shawn and Denis in solo portraits, then Denishawn School of Dancing-related ephemera. An alphabetical run of portraits by surname of other dancers follows.

Physical Location

b (Pusey aisle 5)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Frederick R. Koch, date unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 May.
Link to catalog
Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), collector. Frederick R. Koch photographs of modern and ballet dancers, circa 1915-1930 (MS Thr 1797): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 May 14
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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