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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1871

Pelagie Green papers

Photographs, correspondence, and ephemera of and related to African American dancer, Pelagie Green.

Dates

  • circa 1950-1979

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Extent

.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

Collection includes over 450 original personal and professional photographs, correspondence (chiefly within a scrapbook) sent on the occasion of her selection by the MUNY, and programs and other ephemera documenting Pelagie Green's personal and professional life.

Biographical / Historical

Pelagie Green (later Wren) (1942-2013) was the first African-American dancer to join the dancing chorus of the Municipal Opera of St. Louis (Mo.) known as MUNY in 1962. She was prominent in the St. Louis arts community; her success was met in part with death threats which necessitated a police guard, Charles Wren, whom she later married. She was a graduate of Harris Teacher's College in St. Louis and ran a dance studio in the 1970s (Pelagie Green Wren Academy).

Arrangement

Collection is arranged in the following series: Photographs; Scrapbook; and Ephemera.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MT-61. Purchased from Martin Hartzold with funds from the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2018.

Processing Information

Processing Information Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.
Link to catalog
Title
Green, Pelagie. Pelagie Green papers, circa 1950-1979 (MS Thr 1871): Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Date
2018 December 14
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou03060

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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