Ruth Page Papers
The Newberry, Midwest Dance Collections

American dancer, choreographer, and ballet director Ruth Page (1899-1991) was considered a pioneer in creating works on American themes. To the classical ballet vocabulary, she added movements from sports, popular dance, and everyday gestures. During the Depression, Ruth Page and Bentley Stone directed the Chicago WPA Dance Project and had significant success with the highly original ballet Frankie and Johnny. Fellow would process Page's papers at the Newberry. They include correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, music, photographs and audiovisual materials.