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Guide to the Gerald E. Myers Papers, 1979-1988

Summary

Gerald E. Myers (1923-2009) was a professor of philosophy and the philosopher-in-residence at the American Dance Festival. This collection contains documents pertaining to Gerald Myers' participation in American Dance Festival programs funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities between 1979 and 1988.

Collection Details

ID
ADF.013
Title
Gerald E. Myers papers
Date
1979-1988
Creator
Myers, Gerald E. (Gerald Eugene), 1923-2009
Extent
0.21 Linear Feet, 100 items
Repository
American Dance Festival Archives
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains documents pertaining to Gerald Myers' participation in American Dance Festival programs funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities between 1979 and 1988.

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[Identification of item], Gerald E. Myers Papers, American Dance Festival Archives.

Contents of the Collection

Dance Town Hall, 1979-1980
Box 1
Correspondence with Julie C. Van Camp, 1979-1988
Box 1
Dance Black America, 1983
Box 1
Aesthetic and Cultural Significance of Modern Dance, 1983-1984
Box 1
Black Tradition in American Modern Dance, 1988
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Gerald E. Myers (1923-2009) was a professor of philosophy and the philosopher-in-residence at the American Dance Festival. Myers was an expert on philosopher William James and wrote "William James: His Life and Thought" (1987) and "Self: An Introduction to Philosophical Psychology" (1969). A dance enthusiast, he directed projects based in humanities and dance at the American Dance Festival.

Myers was born in Central City, Nebraska in 1923. After earning a bachelor's degree at Haverford College, he received a doctorate from Brown University in 1954. He taught philosophy at Smith College, William College, Kenyon College, and Long Island University before joining the philosophy department at Queens College in 1967. He also taught in the philosophy program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Myers' interest in dance developed when he met and married Martha Coleman, a dancer who later became the dean at the American Dance Festival. Through the American Dance Festival, his interest in African-American dance traditions led to programs and tours that formed the basis for the Emmy Award-winning documentary series "Free to Dance: The African American Presence in American Modern Dance," which was broadcast by PBS in 2001 as part of "Dance in America."


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Provenance

The Gerald E. Myers Papers were received by the American Dance Festival Archives as a gift in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Alisha Jihn, June 2014

Encoded by Alisha Jihn, June 2014