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Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ansco (film manufacturer)  Search this
Doris N. Patterson School of Dance  Search this
Patterson, Doris N.  Search this
Subseries Creator:
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Rice, Moses P.  Search this
1 Item
Box 300
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Archival materials
New coccine (or crocein scarlet) dye
circa 1948
Scope and Contents:
Job Number: 50585
Subject/Sitter: young ballerinas
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."
Box 84.
Exhibitions Note:
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.
Subseries Restrictions:
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. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
dance costume  Search this
Dance for children  Search this
Dance -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ballet dancers  Search this
Ballet  Search this
African American children -- Washington (D.C.).  Search this
Portraits, Group -- 1940-1960 -- Washington (D.C.).  Search this
African American girls  Search this
New Coccine (or Crocein Scarlet) dye
Retouching -- Pencil
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number / Scurlock client negatives: P - Pyron
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History