August 15th marked the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Coincidentally, August also brought a visit from Dr. Peter H. Dana who had the distinct pleasure of conducting research about the canal in his grandfathersâ papers. Housed in the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections, The Allston Dana...
Posters From Our Fall Exhibit: "Around the World in 80 Books"
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:07:56 EST
The Scholarly Resources and Special Collections team collaborated on an exhibit this fall entitled "Around the World in 80 Books", a presentation of travel-related books and manuscripts in accord with the 2013 Octavofest Travel theme. Over the past year or so the team has experimented with selection and display of...
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Preserving Your Travel Journal/ Octavofest, 2013 at Kelvin Smith Library
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:00:35 EST
Following a short summary of this yearâs Octavofest events at Kelvin Smith Library, this blog provides tips from a conservator on how to preserve your paper-based travel journal(s). Kelvin Smith Library supports and actively participates in Octavofest, a multi-institutional yearly celebration of book and paper arts unique to Cleveland, Ohio....
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Barclay Leathem and the National Theatre Conference
Fri, 17 May 2013 16:29:43 EST
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Frederic McConnell and the National Theatre Conference
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:53:23 EST
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Restoration of Charles W. Wason's "Letters of a Trip Around the World"
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:34:43 EST
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Samples from The Kelvin Smith Library Bookplate Collection
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:57:52 EST
Special Collections is the repository of a collection of over 5,000 bookplates from a handful of collectors who pursued that fascinating hobby. Begun with a gift in memory of their daughter Lucia to Western Reserve University by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lemperly in 1917 the collection continued to grow through...
Though the Cleveland Play House struggled early on to find itâs financial and managerial footing, there was never a lack of artistic talent available to produce first class promotional material for a wide variety of productions each season. By 1922, the number of hand-drawn programs and playbills had been augmented...
Our processing efforts received a boost this summer through the work of three students, Mike Muth, Michael Wilson, and Char'ta Cleggett. Michael and Char'ta were part of University Circle, Inc's Future Connections program, a summer internship program for rising high school seniors. Mike joined us as an intern in Kent...
Small scale disaster recovery, or: the KSL Disaster Plan Works Again!
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:35:43 EST
The Preservation Department of Kelvin Smith Libraryâs Scholarly Research and Special Collections team received the phone call on Wednesday, June 13th, a perfectly normal day. Workmen on the roof were performing maintenance on an air-conditioning unit when suddenly a water pipe burst, sending water cascading through the ceiling and onto...
Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center
Portions of the Kathryn Karipides Papers were digitized in 2011 and are available online in Digital Case via links provided in this finding aid. An EAD finding aid also exists in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository.
Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.
Acquisition: This collection was donated to the Special Collections Research Center of the Kelvin Smith by Katherine Karipides in 2009 and 2010.
Biography: Kathryn Karipides (1934- )
Kathryn Karipides was born on February 28, 1934. A native of Canton, Ohio, she received the B.S. degree in Physical Education from Miami University (Ohio), and her M.A. in Physical education from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Karipides trained with Martha Graham, Hanya Holm and Erik Hawkins. She began her career at the Flora Stone Mather College for Women, of Western Reserve University, as an instructor in the Physical Education Department. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1963, was made full professor in 1980 and was named the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities in 1989. She was appointed Knight Professor Emerita in 1996. In 1975 she accepted co-director responsibility for the Graduate Dance Program with Kelly Holt. Additional administrative responsibilities included serving as Acting Chair of the Theatre Department in 1985 and returning from retirement to serve as Interim Deputy Provost for the 2003-2004 academic year.
Karipides did not begin formal training in modern dance until she entered college. After graduating from Miami University in 1956 she came to the Flora Stone Mather College for Women to teach folk, social and modern dancing in the Physical Education Department. She is largely responsible for the development of the dance program at CWRU which grew from the early physical education classes taught to Mather students into nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs within the Theatre Department. Karipides has performed all over the country and is renowned for her choreographic work, particularly the body of work created during her ten years as principal dancer and choreographer for the Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth (1969-1979) She is the recipient of the Carl F. Wittke Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at CWRU, The Cleveland Arts Prize and the Ohio Dance Award. She is an active member of the Cleveland Dance community.
Scope and Content
The Kathryn Karipides Papers consist of photographs, programs, correspondence, clippings, videotapes and working files related to the Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth circa 1969 to 1979, the Department of Theatre, Drama and Dance at Case Western Reserve University circa 1971-1995 and the Food for Thought dance initiative circa 1996 to 1997 and regarding the creative projects driven by the modern dance choreography and performance of Kathryn Karipides. The bulk of the collection consists of still photos from the Dance Theatre performances dating from 1972 to1995.
The Kathryn Karipides Papers are arranged in the following series
Faculty Concert Fall, 1989. Opening; Sunbead; Seascape; Two Fold One;
Two Fold One; Facings. videotape VHS, December, 1989
Two Fold One. Rehearsals and Performance. videotape VHS, 1989
Facings. Rehearsals and Performance. videotape VHS, 1989, 1995
Facings. videotape VHS, 1989
For Reconstruction; Angelscape. videotape VHS, Fall, 1990
Honest Ambition; Angelscape; Trio; Two Fold One; Louis Kavouras Solo; Facings. videotape VHS, 1991
Podandra: Poetry and Dance. videotape VHS, April 4, 1992
Podandra: Poetry and Dance. videotape VHS, April 4, 1992
Four By Two Plus Three. Performance and Rehearsal. videotape VHS, February. 1993
Four By Two Plus Three. videotape VHS, February, 1993
Four: By Two Plus Three; (possibly) Miroloi. videotape VHS, January, 1994-February, 1994
Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, February 17, 1994
Black Ice; Rain or Shine; Four: By Two Plus Three. videotape VHS, January, 1994 - February, 1994
Shedding Light. videotape VHS, November 17, 1994
Danceworks: Looking Back and Moving On. Two Fold One; Piano Pieces; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Anointed in Dark Waters; Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, January 19, 1995
Danceworks: Looking Back and Moving On. Two Fold One; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, January 21, 1995
Danceworks: Looking Back and Moving On technical dress rehearsal; Two Fold One; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Two Fold One; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, January 17, 1995, January 22, 1995
Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio Performance. videotape VHS, May 1, 1998