Karen Irvin papers, 1929-1998  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Irvin, Karen, 1910?-1999
Title
Karen Irvin papers
Dates
1929-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
11.2 cubic ft. (13 boxes)
Collection Number
4341
Summary
Dance instructor and longtime head of the dance department at Cornish School of the Allied Arts in Seattle.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Born in Hastings, Pennsylvania, circa 1910, Karen Irvin moved with her family to Seattle, Washington at age 8. It was there that she began to study ballet with Caird Leslie, Lee Foley, and ultimately with Nellie Cornish of the Cornish School (now Cornish College of the Arts). She studied briefly in New York, then returned to the Northwest where she opened a ballet studio in West Seattle. Irvin joined the Cornish faculty in 1945, and in 1952 she became head of the Institution's dance department. Four years later, she co-founded Cornish Ballet -- an early contributor to the regional ballet movement -- with her longtime companion, Mea Hartman. Irvin headed the dance department at Cornish for 27 years, and was responsible for designing the College's dance degree program. She trained dancers for companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and National Ballet of Canada, and worked to raise Seattle's stature in the dance world. Miss Irvin died of heart failure on March 2, 1999, at the age of 89.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Accession number 4341-4 primarily contains records from Cornish School of Allied Arts, where Karen Irvin was a dance instructor. Included in her personal papers are several letters written by former Cornish students.

Accession no. 4341-2 consists of costume and set designs by Malcolm Roberts for Cornish School ballet productions. All the boxes in this accession are oversized.

Accession no. 4341-5 contains phamplets, programs, letters, newspaper clipping, sheet music, and other ephemera related to the Cornish College of the Arts and various performances. Also includes attendance records from Ms. Irvin's dance classes.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Malcolm Roberts' rights were not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 4341-002: Karen Irvin papers, 1958-1964Return to Top

6.43 cu. ft. (6 oversize flat boxes)

Scope and Content: Costume designs and set designs by Malcolm Roberts, related to Irvin's direction of the Cornish Ballet at the Cornish School in Seattle.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Some restrictions exist on copying, quotation or publication. Contact Repository for details.

Container(s) Description Dates
Cornish School of Allied Arts Production Files
box:oversize Accession
1 4341-002
West of the Moon
1958
1 4341-002
Spectrum
undated
2 4341-002
L'Etoile Filante
1963
3-4 4341-002
Album in the Attic
1964
5 4341-002
Wasps
1956
5 4341-002
Marmalade
undated
5 4341-002
La Chasse
undated
6 4341-002
Time of Parting
undated
6 4341-002
Daedalus and the Minotaur
1962
Cornish School of Allied Arts Costume Designs
box:oversize Accession
6 4341-002
Costume Designs
undated
Cornish School of Allied Arts Set Designs
box:oversize Accession
6 4341-002
Set Designs
undated

Accession No. 4341-004: Karen Irvin papers, 1940-1991Return to Top

2.26 cu. ft. (4 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, programs, financial records, newsletters, catalogs, ephemera, clippings. Primarily records of Cornish School of the Allied Arts, especially the dance department.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Container(s) Description Dates
Series 1: Cornish School of Allied Arts
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 4341-004
Organizational Features
1958-1983
1/2-4 4341-004
Incoming Letters
1955-1976
1/5 4341-004
Outgoing Letters
1960
1/6 4341-004
General Correspondence: Joffrey, Robert
1955-1959
1/7-15 4341-004
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1955-1986
1/16-17 4341-004
Minutes: Faculty Meetings
1974-1979
1/18 4341-004
Minutes: Board of Directors
1975-1984
1/19 4341-004
Minutes: Executive Committee
1978-1985
1/20 4341-004
Minutes: Board of Trustees
1984-1985
1/21 4341-004
Minutes:Miscellaneous
1956-1986
1/22-33 4341-004
Cornish Course Catalogs
1947-1991
1/34-35 4341-004
Cornish Programs: Dance
1948-1974
1/36-38 4341-004
Cornish Programs: Miscellaneous
1951-1987
2/1 4341-004
Ephemera
1955-1986
2/2-3 4341-004
Reports
1967-1977
2/4 4341-004
Financial Records
1957-1986
2/5 4341-004
Rules and Regulations
undated
2/6-7 4341-004
Newsletters
1974-1991
2/8 4341-004
Course Descriptions
undated
3/1 4341-004
Calendars and Schedules
1955-1986
3/2 4341-004
News Releases
1958-1979
3/3 4341-004
Choreography
undated
3/4 4341-004
Speeches and Writings
undated
3/5 4341-004
Awards
undated
3/6 4341-004
Lists: Cornish Faculty
1956-1980
3/7 4341-004
Miscellaneous
undated
3/8 4341-004
Notes
undated
3/9 4341-004
Subject Series: Cornish School of Allied Arts Shoreline Branch
1957-1959
3/10 4341-004
Financial Aid
undated
3/11 4341-004
Graduation
1959-1986
3/12 4341-004
Clippings
undated
Series 2: Cornish Alumni Association
Box/Folder Accession
3/13-15 4341-004
Cornish Alumni Association
1957-1983
Series 3: Cornish Federation of Teachers, Local 4169, WFT/AFT/AFL-CIO
Box/Folder Accession
3/16-17 4341-004
Cornish Federation of Teachers, Local 4169, WFT/AFT/AFL-CIO
1980-1986
Series 4: Personal Papers
Box/Folder Accession
4/1 4341-004
Biographical Feature
1999
4/2 4341-004
Incoming Letters: Salmon, Ina Marie
1960
4/3-4/4 4341-004
General Correspondence
1958-1964
4/5 4341-004
Subject Series: Karen Irvin Studio of the Dance
1945-1950
4/6 4341-004
Proposals
undated
4/7-8 4341-004
Programs: Seattle
1950-1970
4/9-10 4341-004
Programs: Miscellaneous
1940-1976
4/11 4341-004
Ephemera: University of Washington
1958-1964
4/12 4341-004
Clippings
undated

Accession No. 4341-005: Karen Irvin Papers, 1929-1998Return to Top

2.51 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content: Contains phamplets, programs, letters, newspaper clipping, sheet music, and other ephemera related to the Cornish College of the Arts and various performances. Also includes attendance records from Ms. Irvin's dance classes.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Restrictions on Use: No use restrictions

Acquisition Info: Originally donated by Karen Irvin, transferred to the PNW collection from the Visual Materials collection, received with Karen Irvin Photography collection, 2016-10-01

Container(s) Description Dates
Series 1: Attendance Records
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 4341-005
Attendance
1960-1961
1/2 4341-005
Attendance
1961-1962
1/3 4341-005
Attendance
1967-1968
1/4-5 4341-005
Attendance
1969-1970
1/6 4341-005
Attendance
1970-1971
1/7 4341-005
Attendance
1971-1972
1/8 4341-005
Attendance: Jazz Dance- Instructor Judy Corkrey
1971-1972
1/9 4341-005
Attendance: Ballet- Instructor Sparks
1970-1971
1/10 4341-005
Attendance: Programs of Study
1955-1956
1/11 4341-005
Attendance: Preschool
1971-1972
1/12 4341-005
Attendance: Ballet III
1971-1972
1/13 4341-005
Attendance: Summer School
1972
1/14 4341-005
Attendance: Summer School
1973
1/15 4341-005
Attendance: Classes
1973-1974
1/16 4341-005
Attendance: Summer School
1973-1974
1/17 4341-005
Attendance: Summer School
1974
1/16 4341-005
Attendance: Summer- Instructor Stroberger
1975
1/16 4341-005
Attendance: Summer- Instructor Mason
1975
1/16 4341-005
Attendance: Summer School
1976
Series 2: Men's Non-Tuition Program
Box/Folder Accession
1/21 4341-005
Tuition Free Men's Ballet
1970-1972
1/22 4341-005
Men's Non-Tuition Program
1971
1/23 4341-005
Men's Non-Tuition Program
1975-76
Series 3: Dance Recitals
Box/Folder Accession
1/24 4341-005
Recital
1952
1/25 4341-005
Cornish Institute of Allied Arts Recitals
1974-1977
1/26 4341-005
Dance Recital
1976-1977
Series 4: Programs
Box/Folder Accession
2/1 4341-005
Cornish Ballet Programs
1957-1977
2/2 4341-005
Programs
1940-1950
2/3 4341-005
Programs
1950-1960
2/4 4341-005
Cornish School Programs
1956-1974
2/5 4341-005
Programs
1960-1970
2/6 4341-005
Programs
1970-1980
2/7 4341-005
Programs
1980-1990
2/8 4341-005
Programs: Chamber Music
1952-1956
2/9 4341-005
Programs: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
1950-1955
2/10 4341-005
Programs: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
1955-1957
2/11 4341-005
Programs: Operas Musicals
1950-1955
2/12 4341-005
Programs: Instrumental
1945-1956
2/13 4341-005
Programs: Voice
1945-1956
Series 5: Church of the Redeemer
Box/Folder Accession
2/14 4341-005
Church of the Redeemer programs
1960s-1970s
2/15 4341-005
Church of the Redeemer miscellaneous
1970s
2/16 4341-005
Cornish School Ballet Pre Easter Season
1971
Series 6: Articles and clippings
Box/Folder Accession
2/17 4341-005
The London Dancing Times
1929
2/18 4341-005
Articles
1938-1990
2/19 4341-005
Magazine Articles
1938-1975
2/20 4341-005
Newspapers: Skagit Valley Herald, The Seattle Times
1958-1962
2/21 4341-005
Newspaper clippings
1951-1971
Series 7: Miscellaneous
Box/Folder Accession
2/22 4341-005
Miss P.W. Manchester
1975
2/23 4341-005
Sample fabric and notes
2/24 4341-005
Wells Family
1929
2/25 4341-005
Correspondants
1970-1974
2/26 4341-005
Cornish School: Teachers and Accompanist Records
1974-1975
2/27-28 4341-005
Reference Cards
undated
Series 8: Sheet Music
Box/Folder Accession
3/1 4341-005
Chopin. Brilliant Salon Music, Selected Composition
undated
3/2 4341-005
Sheet Music
undated
3/3 4341-005
Brahms Hungarian Dances, The Spirit of the Sea
undated
3/4 4341-005
Louis H. Chalif
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arts--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Costume design--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Dance teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Dance--Stage setting and scenery--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Dance--Study and teaching--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Irvin, Karen, 1910?-1999--Archives
  • Joffrey, Robert
  • Roberts, Malcolm
  • Salmon, Ina-Marie
  • Corporate Names :
  • Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Cornish Institute of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Drawings

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