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Ted Shawn Papers

Identifier: D043
This collection contains newspaper clippings,[hotographs, souvenir programs (some with autographs), and personal writings all related to Ted Shawn from 1910-1990.


  • 1910 - 1990


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Biographical / Historical

Ted (Edwin Myers) Shawn attended the University of Denver and became known as "The Father of American Dance," pioneering modern dance and male dancing.

Shawn was born in Kansas City. He originally intened to become a preacher but began to dance as therapy after a partial paralysis contracted through diphtheria. Soon after dance became his life. He married Ruth St. Denis and together they created the Denishawn School in Los Angeles where they trained Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, and Charles Weidman. In 1941, Shawn started Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. He went on to write several books, one titled "Dance We Must."


This collection is arranged alphabetically in (5) series: 1.Correspondance 2.Credo 3. Newspaper Clippings 4. Photographs 5. Programs

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
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