The DRC's archival collections hold unique documents and artifacts pertaining to the history of the University of Arizona Dance program, and broader historical dance topics.

Here you can find a brief description of each of our collections, along with a finding aid (in PDF) that provides a detailed description of each collection's contents.

Collection Items

DRC 01: Artist Files and Ephemera Collection
The collection is composed of magazine, performance ephemera, and newspaper clippings collected throughout the mid twentieth century and that feature prominent figures in dance history. The collection also contains correspondence from Charles Weidman…

DRC 02: Program and Souvenir Book Collection 1937-1980
The collection is composed of souvenir books and programs of some of dance companies in the 20th century. Notable programs are early American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and the Original Ballet Russe. Notable souvenir books include…

DRC 03: John Wilson Collection 1965-1998 (bulk 1985-1995)
The collection is composed of research papers, articles, programs, correspondence, and thesis pertaining to and documenting the career of John Wilson, professor of dance at The University of Arizona. The collection also contains papers, and class…

DRC 04: Student Papers, Thesis, Master Projects, and Dissertations
This collection contain student papers, master thesis, master projects, peer reviewed journals, and academic papers, compiled by Dr. John Wilson for the Dance Resources Center.

DRC 05: Historical Print Collection
This collection contains reproductions of prints of 17th and 18th century ballets.

DRC 06: Historical Pamphlets and Dance News: the First and Only Newspaper in U.S.A. Devoted to the Dance Collection
The collection contains an incomplete run of Dance News from years 1960-1979. It also contains several rare and fragile pamphlets and souvenir books. Including a 1925 Denishawn Magazine, and The Red Shoes Production Souvenir Books.

DRC 07: School of Dance Collection 1987-2012 (bulk 1980-1999)
The collection is composed of programs, magazines, ephemera, and posters that document The University of Arizona School of Dance from the arrival of Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe to the year 2012 with the bulk of the collection documenting 1980-1999.

DRC 08: Terry Rudolph Scrapbooks
The collection is composed of three scrapbooks. Two document the dance career of Murial Grodemange, from her beginnings in Chicago to her appearances with the Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo. Her stage name during her time at the Ballet Russe de Monte…

DRC 09: Orchesis Scrapbooks 1938-1973
Orchesis Scrapbooks document the dance club Orchesis at the University of Arizona, containing clippings, programs, correspondence, photographs, and brochures from the years 1938-1971. Orchesis was composed of 15 dancers, most often female. It was an…

DRC 10: School of Dance Scrapbooks
The collection contains two scrapbooks that document the dance program at the University of Arizona during the late 1970s- early 1990s. The scrapbooks contain ephemera including newspaper clippings, programs, posters, and brochures from performances…

DRC 11: Nik Krevitsky Collection
The Nik Krevitsky Collection contains documents and images pertaining to the life of Nik Krevtsky, teacher, scholar, dancer and Tucson art activist, from the years 1915-1980.

DRC 12: Gertrude Shurr Collection
This collection contains items collected throughout the life and career of dancer and teacher Gertrude Shurr, which were donated on her behalf by Rachael Yocom after her death in 1992. The collection documents Shurr’s involvement with and continuing…

DRC 13: Douglas Nielsen Collection
This collection is composed of materials that document the career of dancer, choreographer, and teacher Douglas Nielsen, from the beginnings of his professional dance career in the 1970s through the end of his tenure at the University of Arizona in…

DRC 14: The Dance Magazine (1928-1929)
This collection consists of six issues of The Dance magazine, dating from September 1928 to June 1929. This publication eventually became Dance magazine, as it is known today. These issues were donated to the Dance Resources Center by Professor…

DRC 15: Serge Lido Dance Photography Books
This is a collection of seven published volumes of dance photography by Serge Lido. Serge Lido was born in Moscow in 1906, and later migrated to Paris, where he developed an international reputation as a photographer of dance in the mid-20th century.…

DRC 17: Stevie Eller Theatre Collection
This collection documents the project of planning for the construction of the Stevie Eller
Theatre, which was completed in 2003. It includes communications about building materials,
specifications, and procedures, as well as blueprint plans and the…
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