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Malvina Hoffman papers, 1807-1882, 1897-1984, undated

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Series I. Correspondence and personal papers, 1903-1984, undated
Series I.A. Correspondence, 1903-1967, undated
Series I.B. Correspondence, research materials, photographs, and personal documents for commissions, 1927-1965
Series I.C. Correspondence about exhibitions, publications and lectures, 1920-1967
Series I.D. Correspondence, War relief, Dance International, and miscellaneous, 1908-1984, undated
Series II. Datebooks, 1902-1966, undated
Series III. Manuscripts, publications and lectures, 1807-1882, 1905-1966
Series IV. Periodicals, clippings, and exhibitions catalogs, 1915-1962, 1917-1980, undated
Series V. Photographs, negatives, and copper printing plates, circa 1910-1965
Series V.A. Photograph Albums, "The Races of Mankind," circa 1930-1933
Series V.B. Photographs of projects, volunteer activities, and personal life, circa 1919-1964
Series V.C. Negatives, lantern slides, copper printing plates, circa 1915-1957, undated
Series VI. Videocassettes and sound cassettes, 1924-1939, 1961, undated
Series VII. Travel diaries, postcards, scrapbooks and memorabilia, 1897-1966, undated
Series VIII. Sketchbooks, drawings, and photographs, 1898-1964
Series VIII.A. Sketchbooks, 1898-1964
Series VIII.B. Large photographs of sculptures and commissions, 1915-1960
Series VIII.C. Working drawings, sketches and progress photographs, 1915-1964
Series X. Motion picture films and negatives, 1924-1939, undated
Hoffman (Malvina) Papers
Series VI. Videocassettes and sound cassettes, 1924-1939, 1961, undated 29 videocassettes, 2 sound cassettes
Selected video recordings: 1964-1993

The series contains use copies, on VHS, of the original 16mm films that have been reformatted. Series X. describes the 55 original films (in 60 separate film elements) and the archival and copy masters. Not all films have been reformatted. Three reformatted films have masters, but no use copies (F22, F32, F44) as of 2004 February.
Approximately 12 films document dancing around the world for Hoffman's Field Museum commission. Eight films document artists and art techniques. Among these are a biography of Auguste Rodin by Thomas Cravens and several films of Ivan Mestrovic at work by J. J. Cunningham. Approximately seven films are of Hoffman, her work, friends, and her travels.
Two sound cassettes feature Malvina Hoffman. Cassette C1 contains a 1961 interview with Hoffman regarding the Hall of Man project, and Hoffman reading a radio address from June 7, 1933 on the occasion of the opening of the Hall of Man. Cassette C2 contains a copy of the 1961 interview.
Videotapes, 1924-1939, undated
reel
F1 Hindu Dancer Inyoka, 1937
1 videocassette (VHS) (6:28) : sd., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Nyota Inyoka performs three different dances. One is the "Vishnu," an evocation of Parvati, the god of dance.
Film made by Fred Hotchkiss?
reel
F2 Duk-Duk Dancers of New Guinea, circa 1930
1 videocassette (VHS) (12:15) : si., b&w ; use copy.
Film made by British Film Institute.
reel
F3 Shantaniketan - India dancing; Andaman Islands - native life 1930
1 videocassette (VHS) (7 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Two Indian girls perform a classical dance. Next, the "best" dancer in India performs. Scenes of Queen Islone and her family, and men hunting on the Andaman Islands follow.
reel
F4 English folk dancing, circa 1939
1 videocassette (VHS) (12:10 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
English folk dancers perform the Morris, the Baccha Pipe Jig, the Broom Dance, the Country Dance, the Long Sword Dance and the Short Sword Dance. Made for Dance International.
reel
F5 Dogon Dancing Ceremony, South Sahara District, Pt. I, circa 1930
1 videocassette (VHS) (13:36 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Sudanese enact an elaborate funeral ceremony that consists of singing, dancing, and mock death. Film made by Marcel Griaule.
reel
F6 Dogon Dancing Ceremony, South Sahara District, Pt. II, circa 1930
1 videocassette (VHS) (14:20 min.) : si., b&w : use copy.
See F5. Marcel Griaule film. Reformatted from films 6A and 6B.
reel
F7 Gypsies and Bhats, India: Dancing around the world, Part IV, 1930/1931
1 videocassette (VHS) (8:42 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Two Indian girls, an Indian man, a gypsy troupe of Bhats and the leading ladies of the Jaipur palace dance.
reel
F8 Ceylon Devil dancers: Dancing around the world, Part V, 1930/1931
1 videocassette (VHS) (6:44 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
A man performs a Cinhalese Devil Dance at Kandy.
reel
F9 Kriss, solo; Djocia, 3 dancers: Dancing around the world Part II, 1930/1931
1 videocassette (VHS) (9:29 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Students receive instruction in dance at a "wayside dancing school" and various dancers exhibit costumes of princes and heroes.
reel
F11 Burma: Dancing around the world Part III, 1930/1931
1 videocassette (VHS) (8:48 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Little girls dance at Rangoon. Dancers smoke "the wackin' white cheroot." Burmese delegate Aung Thin shakes hands with Malvina Hoffman. Gretchen Green is seen briefly.
reel
F13 Samoa and Bali: Dancing around the world Part I, 1930/1931
1 videocassette (VHS) (6:50 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
A Samoan War Dance is performed with an orchestra after a prayer is chanted.
reel
F15 Paris, Villa Chauvelot, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (9:47 min.) : si., b&w ; use copy.
Malvina Hoffman, her sister Helen Draper, Marie-Louise Emmet, and Sam Grimson walk along the grounds of Villa Chauvelot and act playfully. Interspersed are scenes of Malvina talking to Lemordant (as a clown). A brief shot of the ship "Malvina" follows.
reel
F16 Model of M. Hoffman reredo for San Francisco [interior church scenes], undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (3:57 min.) : si., b&w, col. ; use copy.
reel
F30 Persian dancers, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (12 min.) : si., col. ; use copy.
Dancers perform in four different settings.
reel
F33 Rodin, film by Thomas Cravens, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., b&w ; use copy.
Biographical film of Rodin for which Hoffman served as art consultant.
reel
F35B Composers in Clay, film by Thomas Cravens, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (18:14 min.) : sd., b&w ; use copy.
The film details the processes and styles of sculptors Scwegg, Bourdelle, Wlerick, Belmondo, Yencesse, Niclausse, Gaumont, Poisson, Cornet, Dejean, Le Mardedieu, Collamarin and Martin. Malvina Hoffman is the art consultant.
reel
F36 Persian dancers and Hindu dancers [Inyoka], before 1937
1 videocassette (VHS) (18 min.) : sd., titles, b&w ; use copy, + copy 2.
Persian dancers perform a lovers' dance, a dance to worship the Sacred Goat, and classical dances from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Nyota Inyoka performs. Original film made in Paris. (See also F1.)
(VHS copy 2, originally mis-labelled as F32.)
reel
F37-40 4 films reformatted on 1 VHS, 1931, 1939, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (11:05 min.) : si., b&w ; use copy. Holds the following films:
F37: Villa Chauvelot; Hartsdale garden; Arbor House; Ethel and Bill; San Sebastian, undated
F38: Santa Barbara; Jim and Chas. Kline; Mitchell Ranch; Carriages, 1931.
F39: New York World's Fair, Hildreth Meiere murals, 1939.
F40: Horse show, Mt. Kisco, undated
reel
F41 Wuta Sculpture, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (15:06 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Footage (includes titles and animation) documents step-by-step the sculpture process of Ivan Mestrovic, and others.
reel
F42 Wuta Sculpture, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (15:07) : si., b&w ; use copy.
reel
F47 Mestrovic ["Best"], J. J. Cunningham film, 1939?
1 videocassette (VHS) (6 min.) : si., col. ; use copy.
Men, women, and children take a tour of an exhibition of Ivan Mestrovic's work; children draw pictures of his work. Close-ups of Mestrovic's work. Same as, but "better" version of F48 (?) according to inventory in Box 36, f.3.
reel
F48 Mestrovic, J. J. Cunningham film, 1939?
1 videocassette (VHS) (6 min.) : si., col. ; use copy.
Same as, or continuation of F47, which is labelled as the better version.
reel
F50 Charles Sargeant Jagger, before 1934
1 videocassette (VHS) (3:48 min.) : sd., b&w ; use copy.
Profile of the English sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger. His sculpting methods are detailed. The film focuses primarily on his portrait of King George V.
reel
F51 Mestrovic - making Indians, Zagreb, 1939
1 videocassette (VHS) (15:12 min.) : si., titles, b&w ; use copy.
Mestrovic in Zagreb working on sculptures of American Indians.
reel
F52 Questions and Answers with Wendell Wilkie, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (4 min.) : sd., b&w ; use copy.
Wendell Wilkie explains why he thinks he should be President and offers his opinion on the topics of unemployment, the New Deal, farm labor, war, and national defense.
reel
F53 Thomas J. Watson, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (10:11 min.) : si., b&w ; use copy.
Thomas J. Watson at 2 different occasions.
reel
F55 Bronze Pouring, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (7:08 min.) : si., b&w ; use copy.
A sculpture is cast in bronze.
reel
F56 Our World in Review, undated
1 videocassette (VHS) (10:12 min.) : sd., b&w ; use copy.
Short profiles of artists Ivan Mestrovic, James Montgomery Flagg, and W.T. Benda. Flagg and Benda speak about their work.
reel
F57 Hartsdale, N.Y., 1924
1 videocassette (VHS) (3:24 min.) : si., b&w ; use copy.
Malvina Hoffman and Marie-Louise Emmet shake hands. Malvina and others pick flowers and walk around the grounds.
box item
133 C1-C2 Sound cassettes, 1961
C1: 1 sound cassette (Maxell) : analog.
Side 1: Interview with Malvina Hoffman; Side 2: Hoffman reading a radio address from June 7, 1933 on the occasion of the opening of the Hall of Man, plus same interview as on Side 1.
C2: 1 sound cassette (TDK) : analog.
Interview with Malvina Hoffman regarding the Hall of Man (same as on C1). Side 2: blank.


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