Abstract: The material in the collection includes items, photographs, and papers related to Dorothy Bercu Gross and her husband Norman Gross, her extended family, and her Vaudeville career in the 1920s and 1930s. Her father owned the Chicago Hide, Fur and Wool Company in Douglas, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado. The collection spans from the late 1800s to 2015 and illustrates an extended Jewish family and vaudeville performers.
Abstract: The International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association was started as the National Round Dance Board of Review in 1976-1977, became the Universal Round Dance Council in 1977, and changed to its current name in late 2007. The collection primarily consists of official newsletters and convention syllabi from 1979-2012, plus organizing correspondence from 1976-1979, official convention recordings from 2004-2005, and some ephemera.
Abstract: The Jane McLean Papers contain a selection of photographs, newspaper clippings, programs and other dance related ephemera covering the careers of both Jane McLean (1908-1990) and her elder brother Edward McLean (1905-1982). Both of the McLeans were Colorado natives who traveled to New York City in the mid-1920s to study dance, eventually becoming acquainted with many notable dance figures of the day: Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Agnes DeMille, etc. Edward suffered a severe back injury that effectively ended his dance career in 1934. Jane toured nationally as a solo performer (1931-1952). She continued to study and teach modern dance in New York before moving to Denver, Colorado in 1949 and then to Casper, Wyoming. In Wyoming, from approximately 1951-1956, Jane established a school and directed a modern dance company (1949-1954) of her own before returning to Denver, Colorado in 1959. She continued to teach modern dance, with an emphasis on Graham technique, at various locations around Denver until shortly before her death in 1990.
Creator: Buckley, Suzanne Shelton
Abstract: Suzanne Shelton Buckley (1946- ) received her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. She wrote her dissertation about dancer and choreographer, Ruth St. Denis (1878-1968). Her dissertation was published by Doubleday in 1981 as Divine Dancer: A Biography of Ruth St. Denis. Upon completion of her doctorate, she taught in the American Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Suzanne Shelton Buckley's papers include materials from her research and writing on dancer and choreographer, Ruth St. Denis.