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Ann Heintze papers


Ann Heintze papers
Heintze, Ann
Collection number:
0.50 linear feet
Inclusive dates:
Collection Area:
Literature and Rare Books
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Ann Heintze (1921-1987), was a professional dancer and ballet instructor and one of Katherine Anne Porter's nieces. She danced with the San Carlo Opera Ballet, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and at Radio City Music Hall before her marriage to Walter Heintze in 1950. She maintained a close relationship with Porter and traveled with her to Europe and Mexico in the 1960s. The collection consists of letters and postcards to Mrs. Heintze and her family from Porter. There is also correspondence relating to Mary Alice Holloway, Mrs. Heintze's sister who died in 1919.

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Historical Note

Ann Holloway Heintze, who was a professional dancer and dance teacher, developed a warm and mutually supportive relationship with her aunt Katherine Anne Porter. Mrs. Heintze began writing to her aunt at the age of fourteen, and they continued to correspond throughout Porter's life. They traveled extensively together: in 1958, to Mexico; in 1963, to France and Italy; and, in 1964, to Mexico again.

Ann Heintze was born on June 16, 1921, in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Porter's older sister Gay and her husband T.H. Holloway. She grew up in Houston, and studied ballet at Katchy Ballet School through high school. In 1938, she joined the San Carlo Opera Ballet, dancing under the professional name of Anna Gay. In 1940, she married Walter Hemmerly, a fellow member of the San Carlo Opera and moved to New York City. While they were living in New York, Hemmerly joined the armed services. While Walter served in Europe during World War II, Ann taught ballet and took dance and Spanish lessons.

In 1945, she joined her aunt in Santa Monica, California, and studied with Bronislava Nijinska. Ann joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1946, leaving the company to dance at Radio City Music Hall from 1947 to 1951, with time out to join the Ballet Russe at Convent Garden in 1947.

As a result of her work at Radio City Music Hall, she was invited to Venezuela in 1949 to perform briefly with the resident opera company; she returned to New York of the same year. Also in 1949, while still dancing at Radio City Music Hall, she divorced Walter Hemmerly. On April 21, 1950, Ann Holloway married Walter Heintze, a successful Swedish industrial designer. Mr. and Mrs. Heintze settled in New Canaan, Connecticut, and raised two sons, David (b. 1952) and Donald (b. 1954). In 1956, she opened her own ballet school, New Canaan Ballet School.

In 1987, Ann Holloway Heintze died.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Ann Holloway Heintze date 1912 to 1977 and primarily consist of correspondence from Katherine Anne Porter to Mrs. Heintze (1936-1976). The collection also contains correspondence from Miss Porter to Gay Porter Holloway, Walter Heintze, and the Heintzes' two sons, David and Donald. Scattered throughout the collection are miscellaneous periodical clippings that related to the content of the letters. The papers also contains correspondence from 1912 and 1918 that had belonged to Gay Porter Holloway. The correspondents in this portion include T.H. Holloway (Mrs. Heintze's father), Miss Porter, and Harrison Boone Porter (Miss Porter's father). This portion also contains two photographs of Gay Porter Holloway.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland at College Park Libraries purchased the papers from Mrs. Heintze in 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Mary Boccaccio, September 1992. Revised by James Lacewell in August 1994. Revised March 1998.

Processing note:

When the collection was processed in 1982, the correspondence was separated by type, letters and postcards, and then filed roughly chronologically. When it was reprocessed in 1994, all of the items were interfiled chronologically. Staples and paper clips have been removed and replaced with plastic clips. The correspondence has been placed in acid-free folders in an acid-free box. Newspaper clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free bond paper, and the originals destroyed.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD databse in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Michael Yates, March 2006.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection has been arranged as one series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1912-1977 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This series includes letters, telegrams, postcards, greeting cards, photographs, and periodical clippings. Most of the correspondence was sent by Katherine Anne Porter to Ann Heintze, Gay Porter Holloway, Walter Heintze, David Heintze, and Donald Heintze. The letters discuss personal life, Porter's trips, her appointments at universities, Mrs. Heintze's ballet career, and her mother, Gay Porter Holloway.

The collection also includes telegrams and letters from 1912 about the birth of Mary Alice Holloway, the older sister of Mrs. Heintze, who died in 1919. The correspondents in this portion include T.H. Holloway, Gay Porter Holloway, and Katherine Anne Porter. The collection also contains a carbon copy of a letter written by Harrison Boone Porter to Katherine Anne Porter on September 18, 1918, in which he outlines the family geneaology. Also included among the correspondence is a letter dated March 13, 1948, from Gertrude Beitel, the cousin of Katherine Anne Porter and sister of Broadway actress Lily Cahill, to Miss Porter.

Photographs and periodical clippings constitute only a small part of the collection. There are two small snapshots of Gay Porter Holloway at age twenty (c. 1905). Periodical clippings on various subjects, which are interfiled with the correspondence, were originally enclosed in letters. The materials in this series have been arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1912 series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence, 1918 series 1box 1folder 2
Correspondence, 1938 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1945 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1946 series 1box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1947 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1948 series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1949 series 1box 1folder 8
Correspondence, 1951 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, 1952 series 1box 1folder 10
Correspondence, 1953 series 1box 1folder 11
Correspondence, 1954 series 1box 1folder 12
Correspondence, 1955 series 1box 1folder 13
Correspondence, 1956 series 1box 1folder 14
Correspondence, 1957 series 1box 1folder 15
Correspondence, 1958 series 1box 1folder 16
Correspondence, 1959 series 1box 1folder 17
Correspondence, 1960 series 1box 1folder 18
Correspondence, 1961 series 1box 1folder 19
Correspondence, 1962 series 1box 1folder 20
Correspondence, 1963 series 1box 1folder 21
Correspondence, 1964 series 1box 1folder 22
Correspondence, 1965 series 1box 1folder 23
Correspondence, 1966 series 1box 1folder 24
Correspondence, 1967 series 1box 1folder 25
Correspondence, 1968 series 1box 1folder 26
Correspondence, 1969 series 1box 1folder 27
Correspondence, 1970 series 1box 1folder 28
Correspondence, 1971 series 1box 1folder 29
Correspondence, 1972 series 1box 1folder 30
Correspondence, 1973 series 1box 1folder 31
Correspondence, 1974 series 1box 1folder 32
Correspondence, 1975 series 1box 1folder 33
Correspondence, 1976 series 1box 1folder 34
Correspondence, 1977 series 1box 1folder 35
Correspondence, undated series 1box 1folder 36

Related Material

Related materials can be found in the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter. There is correspondence between Mrs. Heintze's family and Katherine Anne Porter, a record that Katherine Anne Porter played at Mrs. Heintze's second wedding, and a drawing given to Katherine Anne Porter by Donald Heintze. Additionally, there are also photographs of Mrs. Heintze and her family in the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter and in the Papers of Paul Porter.

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