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Evelyn Davis dance papers

Identifier: MS2406

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:


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Photographs, choreography and teaching notes, publication and two scrapbooks about the Evelyn Davis Dance Group in Washington, DC

Physical Location

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]

Processing Information

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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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America