On negative edge: "50585 Mrs. Doris Patterson 8 - groups - 1 glossy." Mrs. Patterson was probably the teacher. Some pencil retouching on faces and legs, red New Coccine on one girl's arm. Ansco Safety Film edge imprint.
A ProQuest search located a Dec. 17, 1947 Washington Post advertisement (p. 12) for the "Doris N. Patterson School of Dance 'for / colored' [sic] / 4126 [or 4125?] Minnesota Ave., N.E. VL 1786 / Annex Elks Home 1535 15th St. N.w. (3rd floor) / Courses for Children, Adults and Teachers in Russian Ballet, Toe, Creative, / Tap, Spanish, Acrobatic and Ballroom. Transportation furnished. Phone for / appointment."
Reproduction photograph exhibited in "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise" held in NMAAHC Gallery, NMAH, Jan. 30-Nov. 15, 2009; also reproduced in companion book to this exhibit.
Collection is open for research.
Series 8: Business Records, Subseries 8.1: Studio Session Registers are restricted. Digital copies available for research. See repository for details.
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Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
The collection was acquired with assistance from the Eugene Meyer Foundation. Elihu and Susan Rose and the Save America's Treasures program, provided funds to stabilize, organize, store, and create digital surrogates of some of the negatives. Processing and encoding funded by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.