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Joan Ehemann Stone Memorabilia

Identifier: Dance-MS-StoneJ

Scope and Content of the Collection

A small collection consisting almost entirely of undated photocopies of material relating to the career of dancer Joan Ehemann (or Eaman) Stone, including clippings, photographs, articles, and a few letters concerning her and the American Ballet Theatre’s memorial performances in 1992. Also, a copy of a five-year diary kept intermittently beginning when Stone was ten, and three original photographs.


  • Creation: 1943-1992



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Joan Ehemann Stone Memorabilia is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Joan Ehemann Stone Memorabilia is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Joan Ehemann Stone

American dancer.

Joan Eaman (or Ehemann) was born in Chicago in 1934, where she received her early training in the Stone-Camryn Studio with Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn. At the age of fifteen she was accepted into the Ruth Page Ballet Company and after high school graduation, she joined the Broadway musical, “New Faces of 1952.” Her classical career was mainly with the American Ballet Theatre, performing as a soloist 1953-1958. She also danced with the New York City Ballet, the Stone-Camryn Ballet (she was unrelated to Bentley Stone), the Chicago Opera Ballet, and she appeared in a number of television and film productions. She later married Alan Stone and lived in Chicago, where she was instrumental in establishing the Stone-Camryn Memorial Lecture Series at the Newberry Library.

Stone died in Chicago in 1991. The American Ballet Theatre’s 1992 production of “The Other” was dedicated to her as a perpetual memorial.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


Material relating to the life and career of ballet dancer Joan Eaman (later known as Joan Ehemann Stone) which includes a youthful diary, photographs, clippings and other memorabilia. All items, with the exception of three photographs, are photocopies.


Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 13


Gift of Alan and Joshua Stone, 1997.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2006.


Inventory of the Joan Ehemann Stone Memorabilia, 1943-1992
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States