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George B. Ellsworthe papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 8500

Content Description

Contains the papers of professional dancer George B. Ellsworthe. Included are many programs and brochures from productions he was featured in or put on, newspaper clippings about productions, letters pertaining to his career, personal papers, a book containing his family's history, books about dancers and dance, and scrapbooks. Photographs of his dance students and their productions and photographs of his home and family life are included as well. Materials are dated 1940-2006.


  • 1940-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Geroge B. Ellsworthe papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George B. Ellsworthe (1926-2012) was a professional dancer.

George B. Ellsworthe was born on December 25, 1926 in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Chas P. and Marguerite Ellsworth. He was the youngest of six boys. As a young boy, his family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where they worked as cattle ranchers.

He was sent to Shattuck Military Adademy in Fairbault, Minnesota for his formal eductaion, but his passion was dancing, a skill he had been developing since age five. Following his graduation, he moved to Hollywood, California where he landed a role in Mia Slavenska's ballet company. He toured the United States and Europe with this company before dancing in feature films. It is in Hollywood that he met his lifetime partner Frank James Vinci. He founded and operated three American Academy of Dance studios.

Ellsworthe passed away on October 15, 2012 in Palm Springs, California.


1 carton (1.0 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Collection was donated by Pepperdine University in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Pepperdine University; 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of George B. Ellsworthe papers
Catie Freedman
2015 March 24
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States