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Helen Shea Reeks
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Biographical and genealogical information

This series contains information about Shea's life and family history. Included is a short biography entitled “Miss Shea, the South End Follies Girl”, by Dick Card, and an approximate timeline of her life. There are also some handwritten note...

Helen Shea

Correspondence

This series contains Shea's correspondence, the bulk of which pertains to the copyright process for her original works. This includes letters to and from the US Copyright Office regarding the eligibility and status of her copyright applicatio...

Helen Shea

Clippings

This small series consists of clippings from newspapers and magazines. Most of them feature photographs of Shea dressed up in costume or modeling clothing. Also included is a feature from “PIC” magazine about Sally Rand, one of the performers who ...

Helen Shea

Miscellaneous materials

This series contains materials in the collection that do not seem to be related or fit in with the rest of the materials. Included are two OPA Ration Red Tokens from World War II, and several light gel and fabric sample booklets. The series also i...

Helen Shea

Photographs

This series consists of photographs of Helen Shea and other performers. The majority of the photographs feature Helen Shea in costume for various performances, and some were taken on-stage with other cast members. There is a large group of promoti...

Helen Shea

Programs and announcements

This small series contains programs and announcements regarding Shea's dances. Included is a cardboard placard announcing the performance of Leda and the Swan and an advertisement for a performance at Club Avalon's, both of which list th...

Helen Shea

Original writings

This series contains copies of original writings by Shea, including hand and typewritten copies of Leda and the Swan, and Psyche at Nature's Mirror. There are a few pages of notes written on scrap paper with ideas for the works, as well as co...

Helen Shea

Music and songbooks

This series contains sheet music and songbooks, many of which are handwritten. When identifiable, the sheet music has been arranged by title, but many of them are unlabeled working copies. The handwritten sheet music is often marked by stage notes...

Helen Shea

Costumes

This series contains costumes and related materials from Shea's performances. Due to a mold infestation, the costumes were photographed and removed from the collection, and the photographs were printed on acid-free paper along with any identi...

Helen Shea