Amata Grassi papers
MSGras84

 An inventory of her papers at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Grassi, Amata
Title
Amata Grassi papers
ID
MSGras84
Date [inclusive]
1881-1975
Extent
6.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Amata Grassi was a dancer in the first half of the twentieth century who was a member of the Chester Hale Girls dance group and who served during WWII as a member of the U.S.O. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and films of Grassi and her family.

Preferred Citation

Amata Grassi papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography

Amata Grassi was born Amy Beatrice Koch on June 1, 1894. She used the stage name Amata Grassi when she went on to become a professional dancer. As a dancer, she was a member of the Chester Hale Girls and she also served with the U.S.O. during WWII. Grassi married Chester Hale around 1919, and their marriage lasted until 1931. Around 1945 Grassi married her second husband, Walter E.M. Husen. Grassi died in the 1970s.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal documents relating to Grassi and her family, correspondence between her and her husbands and friends, a number of photographs of Amata's family and of her trips, a phonograph record, and a collection of home movies.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-07-23

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Grassi, Amata -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Dancers -- Biography.
  • Midwest Women's History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Amata Grassi Papers 1881-1975 

Box Folder

Documents - family history, 1844-1942 

1 1

Autograph book, 1877 

1 2

Newspaper clippings, 1918-1949 

1 3

Correspondence - parents, 1917-1919 

1 4

Correspondence - Chester Hale, 1918-1942 

1 5

Receipts and miscellaneous documents, 1925-1963 

1 6

Dance routine notes, undated 

2 7

Documents - Chester Hale Girls, 1929-1939 

2 8

Inventory of Grassi's valuables, undated 

2 9

French exercise books, 1931 

2 10

Correspondence - William Mayer, 1934-1948 

2 11

Correspondence - J. Harinorith, 1939-1940 

2 12

Correspondence - Eugene ?, 1931 

2 13

Correspondence - Rene ?, 1937-1938 

2 14

Correspondence - Jacinto Clodis to "mama", 1926-1928 

2 15

Correspondence and documents - Walter Husen, 1925-1948 

3 16

Correspondence - misc., 1918-1975 

3 17

Envelopes, stamps, feathers, lock of hair, undated 

3 18

Correspondence - unidentified persons, undated 

3 19

Christmas and Easter cards, 1900 

3 20

German memorabilia, undated 

3 21

Newspaper clippings, 1935-1941 

3 22

Maps - Brooklyn and Manhattan, 1934 

3 23

Ballet programs, 1947-1969 

3 24

Menus (w/handwritten jokes on back), 1924-1968 

4 25

Miscellaneous items, 1936-1970 

4 26

Photographs - Grassi and family, undated 

4 27

Photographs - Grassi and dog, undated 

4 28

Photographs - Grassi and friends, undated 

4 29

Photographs - Grassi and unidentified persons, undated 

4 30

Photographs - Grassi and friends on steamer "Rex", 1939 

4 31

Photographs - dogs, undated 

4 32

Photographs - Chester Hale and Walter Husen, undated 

5 33

Photographic negatives, undated 

5 34

Photographs - misc., undated 

5 35

Photographs - elephants, undated 

5 36

Photographs - unidentified persons, undated 

5 37

Sound recording, undated 

5 38

Film - "Husen Family Album", undated 

5 39

Film - "Travel and Sightseeing", undated 

5 40

Film - "Our Sports and Recreation", undated 

5 41

Film - "Meet Our Friends", undated 

6 42

Film - untitled, undated 

6 43

Film - untitled, undated 

6 44

Film - untitled, undated 

6 45

Film - untitled, undated 

6 46

Film - untitled, undated 

6 47
Oversize

Grassi's diplomas; newspaper clippings; posters; photographs - Chester Hale w/Greta Garbo, Mary Garden, 1908-1961 

Folder

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