Joan Jacobson papers
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The Joan Jacobson papers, which date from 1975 to 1989, consists of programs, schedules, photographs, and digitized newspaper clippings, showcasing a snapshot of Maryland dance companies during this period as well as Jacobson’s work and writing as a crime reporter.
This collection gathers a unique assemblage of the stories and history of over a dozen different troupes evidenced through both the ephemera and the writing produced by said artifacts. Because the Baltimore Evening Sun has yet to be fully digitized (unlike its morning sibling) the articles contained within this collection have been left mostly unpublished until now for an online audience and are a boon for researchers and historians of modern and classical dance performance.
- Creation: 1975-1989
- Jacobson, Joan (Person)
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There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.
Conditions Governing Use
Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections; however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with SCUA to determine if we can provide permission for use.
Joan Jacobson has been a Baltimore journalist for more than 40 years. While writing news stories for the Baltimore Evening Sun in the 1970’s and 80's, on everything from crime, to obituaries, to investigative stories on government corruption, she also became the newspaper’s dance critic. For more than a decade, she wrote about the companies and choreographers of Baltimore’s vibrant dance scene, covering such groups as the Maryland Ballet, Path Dance Company, Phoenix Repertory Dance Company and the Naked Feet Dance Company. She also reviewed performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. of internationally known companies like the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In addition, she interviewed and wrote profiles of such legendary artists and choreographers as Agnes de Mille and Mikhail Baryshnikov and of prima ballerinas Natalia Makarova and Cynthia Gregory.
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Joan Jacobson has been a Baltimore journalist for more than 40 years. This collection consists of programs, schedules, digitized newspaper clippings, and photographs, showcasing the evolution of Maryland dance companies during this period as well as Jacobson’s writings as a crime reporter.
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