Department of Dance Records, 1946-2015
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Brief Description:

Consists of promotional materials, operational records and reports, scrapbooks, photographs, and audiovisual materials documenting the operations and productions of the Department of Dance from 1940 to 2015. Of note are the departmental scrapbooks that contain photographs and programs for dance productions either produced or sponsored by the Dance Department between 1967 and 1994, as well as accreditation self-study reports between 1985 and 2004.

Note: For dance publications by Barbara Mettler, please see RS 12/9/50.

Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at]
Record Series Number: 12/13/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Dance
Volume: 26.05 cubic feet
Acquired: 06/24/2015.

Video recordings from the Department of Dance Annex were transferred to the Sousa Archives on June 24, 2015.

Administrative records, scrapbooks, photographs, and audio recordings were transferred to the Sousa Archives on September 11, 2015.

Four video recordings were donated to the Sousa Archives by Ken Beck on April 27, 2017.

Teaching materials used by Margaret Erlanger and a biography and photographs of Elizabeth Lindeman Leonard were donated to the Sousa Archives by Patricia Knowles on December 5, 2017.

Hanya Holm master class videotape donated by Patricia Knowles on February 27, 2018.


The collection is organized in four series: Series 1, Administrative records, 1930-2015; Series 2, Scrapbooks, 1968-1999; Series 3, Photographic Materials, 1940-2010; Series 4, Audiovisual Materials, 1974-2013.

Materials in Series 1 and 2 are arranged chronologically. Series 3 is arranged by event type. The materials in Series 4 were arranged by the Department of Dance according to a color-code system, which arranged materials by form, then by event type, then by date. The color-code is as follows (and the original Labeling Key can be found in the control file): Orange=Site Specific, Green=November Dance, Red= Festival Dance, Yellow=Studio 1, Blue=Studio 2, Maroon=Senior Concert, White= Other.

Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Dance : The creation of the Department of Dance occurred in 1968, but it had its beginnings 9 years earlier, in a graduate program for the Master Arts in Dance, in the College of Physical Education. This program was authorized in 1959 by the Board of Trustees.1 In 1961 they autorized a new undergrad curriculum in dance, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Like the graduate program, this curriculum was part of a Physical Education department, the Phys.Ed. Department for women.2 In 1968 the Board of Trustees decided to transfer the program to the College of Fine and Applied Arts, where it became its own department, the Department of Dance.3
Subject Index
Dance Curriculum
Dance Department
Dance Education
Dance Recitals
Acquisition Notes: Department of Dance  Transfer