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Sophia Delza papers, 1908-1996.

Author: Sophia DelzaElizabeth DelzaJack Gerald EisenbergC Adolph GlassgoldLeo T HurwitzAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Multiple languages
Database:WorldCat
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The Sophia Delza Papers document the rich and varied career of this unique American dancer, writer, and tai chi teacher.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Photographs
Preparatory drawings
Programs
Scrapbooks
Scripts (documents)
Scores
Named Person: Sophia Delza; Elizabeth Delza; Jack Gerald Eisenberg; C Adolph Glassgold; Leo T Hurwitz; Yueliang Ma; Edgar Snow; Lois Wheeler Snow; Wen Zee
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sophia Delza; Elizabeth Delza; Jack Gerald Eisenberg; C Adolph Glassgold; Leo T Hurwitz; Yueliang Ma; Edgar Snow; Lois Wheeler Snow; Wen Zee; Chelsea Hotel.
OCLC Number: 144682724
Description: 39.33 linear feet (95 boxes)

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The Sophia Delza Papers document the rich and varied career of this unique American dancer, writer, and tai chi teacher.

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence, writings, programs, photographs, and original artwork. It covers her entire professional career to some degree, but most thoroughly documents the period from the 1950s to the early 1990s (the years in which she was most actively involved in promoting and teaching tai chi in the United States). The collection contains less material relating to Delza's earlier work in modern dance, but does include programs, music scores, scripts and some dance notations for her "dance-monologue" concert pieces, dating from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, such as the piece, Memories for the Future, to an original score by Jack Eisenberg. Although the strength of the collection lies in its documentation of Delza's professional career, her distinctive and vivid personality clearly emerges through the correspondence, journals and informal writings, and also is evident in her published writings. Some insights into Shanghai's postwar émigré community can be gleaned from Delza's correspondence and informal writings dating from the period of her stay in China. Delza also maintained a regular correspondence with several friends in China, including the tai chi teachers, Master Ma Yueh-liang and Dr. Wen Zee, as well as with other individuals who had an interest in Chinese culture, including Edgar and Lois Snow. The collection also contains selected personal papers of her husband, Cook Glassgold, which Delza had retained after his death. A notable feature of Glassgold's papers are the numerous sketches and preparatory drawings for his painting cycle, The Martyrs. A prolific visual artist herself in addition to her other talents, the collection contains numerous examples of Delza's own original artwork. Most of the series contain at least some materials in a Chinese written language.

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