This collection comprises approximately 875 photographs of Katherine Dunham, the renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher,
anthropologist, and humanitarian, and of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company. The collection contains photographic prints,
proofs, contact sheets, and postcards depicting performances, rehearsals, portraits publicity efforts, and candid moments.
The collection also contains typewritten letters concerning payment for photographs and other logistical matters of the Company.
Katherine Dunham was a choreographer, dancer, teacher, writer, anthropologist, social activist, and one of the founders of
the anthropological dance movement. She was the creator of the Dunham Technique, which blends African and Caribbean-based
rhythm with classical movement and greatly influenced American modern dance.
1.6 linear feet
(3 boxes and 4 oversized folders)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.