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Women’s Center Newsletter (Sep.  1985)
September 6, 1985

The Women's Center Newsletter is produced by the Women's Center of Dickinson College, this short issue welcomes new students, calls for student feminists for a feminist support group on campus, and informs the student body to watch for...

Hillel Newsletter (Oct. 1985)
October 30, 1985

The Hillel Newsletter is produced by the Hillel Council of Dickinson College:

Selected highlights from this issue include:

  • Updates on a summer study abroad opportunity in "Study in...
Black Arts Festival 1986
March 3-March 9, 1986

This brochure outlines the schedule for the Dickinson College's Congress of African Students' 18th Black Arts Festival. Events include lectures and workshops by three artists, a jazz ensemble, a disc jockey show, and a “program of gospel music...

"Black Artists Living in the Mid-Atlantic States": Black Arts Festival 1986
March 3- April 10, 1986

The 18th Annual Black Artists Festival program highlights the the three artists - Willie Birch, Vincent Smith, and Gilberto Wilson - whose work is on display in the Emil R. Weiss Center of the Arts as part of the “Black Artists Living in the Mid...

Black Arts Festival 1987
March 5-March 8, 1987

This brochure outlines the schedule for the Dickinson College's Congress of African Students' 19th Black Arts Festival. Events include a comedy show, a film festival, a production of the musical One Mo’ Time, and a Catholic mass.

Cover of “Form and Content: The Art of the Book in Pioneer Valley”
March 17, 1987

The cover of a keepsake book produced for "Form and Content: The Art of the Book in the Pioneer Valley," an exhibition at the Northampton Center for the Arts including works by Weiss Prize recipient Leonard Baskin.

Life with Tchelitchew by Allen Tanner
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In this draft, Allen Tanner describes in great detail his relationship with his partner of 12 years, Russian artist Pavel Tchelitchew. Tanner also discusses Tchelitchew's relationship with English poet Edith Sitwell. Transcript included.

"Syzmanowski a Step Nearer Place in the Sun" by Cecil Smith, Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper clipping
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This news clipping describes a performance by Chicago pianist Wanda Paul of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's symphony. Allen Tanner is listed as a close friend of Szymanowski.

Score by Allen Tanner
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Pianist Allen Tanner wrote this score by hand.

"Joyce Obscenity Trial" by Allen Tanner
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Allen Tanner describes Margaret Anderson's reaction to being fingerprinted after her conviction for publishing obscene material in the Little Review, James Joyce's Ulysses.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Margaret Anderson
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In this draft letter, Allen Tanner writes to Margaret Anderson about their first meeting in Chicago. He also discusses her past relationships with fellow editor of the Little Review Jane Heap, and opera singer Georgette LeBlanc.

"The Social Whirl" by Mrs. Henry Field clipping from unknown newspaper
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This social column by Mrs. Henry Field describes Allen Tanner's return to the United States from Europe with Pavel Tchelitchew. Field also hints at the end of Tanner's friendship with Gertrude Stein.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Parker Tyler
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In this draft letter, Allen Tanner writes to author Parker Tyler to assist Tyler in writing his book The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew. Tanner discusses...

Letter from Allen Tanner to Kirk Askew
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In this letter to R. Kirk Askew, owner of the Durlacher Bros. art gallery, Allen Tanner discusses the sale of several Pavel Tchelitchew paintings in Askew's gallery. He also mentions his health and the death of one of Tchelitchew's sisters....

C. W. Best Artists’ Series Russian Company concert program
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This concert program is for one of the C. W. Best Artists' Series Russian Company's performances.

Notes on Parker Tyler’s The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew by Allen Tanner
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In these notes, Allen Tanner writes about his feelings regarding  the way Pavel Tchelitchew and Edith Sitwell are remembered in Parker Tyler's book The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Kirk Askew
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In this letter to R. Kirk Askew, owner of the Durlacher Bros. art gallery, Allen Tanner tells Askew that he wants Askew's wife Constance to have one of Pavel Tchelitchew's drawings--the "Ode" sketch. The last page appears to be part of a...

Notes on Gay Life in Chicago during the 1910s by Allen Tanner
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Allen Tanner recalls his impressions of gay life (camp) in Chicago during the 1910s including the origin of the use of the word "drag." Transcript included.

Notes on Gertrude Stein’s writing by Allen Tanner
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In these notes, Allen Tanner describes what he likes about Gertrude Stein's writing style.

Alexander Scriabin by Allen Tanner
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In this draft essay, Allen Tanner argues that Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's talents and contributions are overlooked by younger musicians. Transcript included.

Leaving Europe for the United States by Allen Tanner
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In this essay, pianist Allen Tanner recalls the end of his relationship with his partner of 12 years, Russian artist Pavel Tchelitchew. Tanner writes: "The parting--at the station--was dreafully tragic--for his face bore the quiet, withdrawn...

"Regime for Naughty 'Dilletantes'" by Allen Tanner
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In this draft essay, Allen Tanner writes about piano technique.

"Thamara Swirskaya: The Chinese Lily" clipping from unknown newspaper
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This newspaper clipping depicts dancer Thamara Swirskaya in costume.

"Some Reflections upon my Early Life" by Allen Tanner
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In this essay draft, Allen Tanner writes about growing up in a musical family in rural Illinois, and his disappointment regarding Edith Sitwell's depiction of Pavel Tchelitchew in her autobiography. Transcript included.

Piano Technique by Allen Tanner
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In this draft essay, Allen Tanner writes about piano technique, specifically the Cortot piano method.

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