Evelyn Davis dance papers
Scope and Contents
This small collection focuses mainly on Ms. Davis' career in Washington, DC.
- Creation: 1920-1952
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The materials in the collection are fragile.
Biographical / Historical
Ms Evelyn Davis (1904-1983)was a pioneering modern dancer, choreographer and dance instructor. Davis studied dance in Germany, graduated from George Washington University and did her graduate work at Catholic University. In 1939 she formed the Dance Playhouse Group to increase interest in dance. She later founded the Evelyn Davis Dance Playhouse, a studio theater in Washington, D.C., the only theatre in Washington devoted exclusively to dance. The theatre was in the Church Street Theatre, now called the Keegan Theatre. She also lectured, authored books, and established studios and summer dance programs at American University, the University of Maryland, and other locations around the Metro area. In the latter part of her life she lived in Herndon off of Stuart Road.
Information from the Herndon Historical Society: http://www.herndonhistoricalsociety.org/
0.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Photographs, choreography and teaching notes, publication and two scrapbooks about the Evelyn Davis Dance Group in Washington, DC
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Herndon Historical Society, 2023 [acc2023-022]
The collection is currently unprocessed but will be placed into new folders and box for secure housing.
- Guide to the Evelyn Davis dance papers, 1924-1952
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- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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