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Lloyd Shaw Foundation


The Lloyd Shaw Foundation was formed in 1964 in memory of square dance pioneer Lloyd Shaw to continue his mission of teaching American folk dance to people of all generations. Dorothy Shaw became a highly significant figure in the square dance world herself, lecturing widely, helping to start the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, and serving as Executive Secretary until 1979. Lloyd and Dorothy’s daughter Doli married Donald Jenkins Obee, who served as President of the Foundation from 1965 until 1979; their daughter, Enid Cocke, has served as President since August of 1979. The Lloyd Shaw Foundation was voted into existence in August of 1964, following the yearly Lloyd Shaw Summer Fellowship held at the home of Dorothy Stott Shaw in Colorado Springs, CO. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, and the original membership consisted of 46 dance leaders from across the United States and Canada; by 1966 there were over 140 members. The Foundation is still incorporated in the state of Colorado, but its headquarters address moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 1979. The stated purpose of the organization is to, “Recall, restore, and teach the folk rhythms of the American people.” Implicit in the mission is the additional goal of doing so in a manner consistent with the educational and dance philosophies of Lloyd Shaw. The first President of the Foundation was Don Armstrong, who served from 1964-1965; he stepped down under the conviction that a member of Lloyd Shaw’s family should serve as president. Donald Jenkins Obee, Shaw’s son-in-law, served as president from 1965 until 1979, and was followed in this position by his daughter Enid Cocke, 1979 to present. Dorothy Stott Shaw, Lloyd Shaw’s wife, served as Executive Secretary from 1964 until 1979. Although the Foundation originally drew its membership from the Lloyd Shaw Summer Fellowship attendees, and conducted its annual meeting after the close of each Fellowship until 1978, the two were never officially affiliated. The Lloyd Shaw Foundation has had significant relationships with a number of other organizations, including the United Square Dancers of America, Legacy, and CALLERLAB, The Country Dance and Song Society, the New England Square Dance Foundation, and international music distributors. In 1986 the Library of Congress named the Archives Division as a clearing house for square dance materials, and in 1987 the Archives helped form the National Dance Archives Coordinating Committee. The Lloyd Shaw Foundation’s primary functions and activities are educational; although it focuses on square and contra dancing, many other dance traditions are represented in its programs. Under the Foundation’s auspices, college credit-granting workshops were conducted at Colorado State University from 1965 until the mid-1970s, and at other universities and colleges as well; workshops and teacher training courses continue to be held around the country and internationally, and the Foundation and its members have consistently conducted presentations and dances at the request of numerous organizations. The Foundation has actively produced and revised targeted dance education kits to assist teachers in dance education since 1966, including resources designed specifically for grades from kindergarten through high school as well as special education students. Other activities have included sponsoring and running dance camps, particularly the Rocky Mountain Dance Roundup in Colorado, Cumberland Gap in Kentucky, and Terpsichore’s Holiday in West Virginia; providing scholarships for members and groups to attend various dance camps around the country and to travel internationally; and providing research and historical services through the Lloyd Shaw Dance Library and the Archives Division. The Foundation has also acted as a publisher for musical recordings and dance books, and publishes its own journal. Since 1967, members of the Board of Directors have served for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms, with descendants and relatives of Lloyd Shaw being exempt from the term limits. From 1976 until 2004, the Archives Division existed as an independent entity within the Lloyd Shaw Foundation administrative structure, overseen by its director and the Executive Directors. The Foundation maintained an office for its mailing operations in Lakewood, CO from 1972 until they were moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1988, where they shared facilities with the Archives Division. The Archives Division was disbanded after its materials were donated to the University of Denver in 2003. In 1972 the Lloyd Shaw Foundation Dance Archives was started by Mary D Walsh. At the time, it consisted of a single 8mm film of E.S. “Red“ Henderson calling for his Spokane, Washington-based performance group, the Silver Spurs. In August of 1976 the Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to create an official Archives Division; Dr. Litchman was appointed Director, under the direction of the Executive Committee. By December the Archives was offering photocopies, research services, and a tape recording service; the organizational newsletter, the “Long Shadow,” actively solicited donations of both money and materials. In 1978 the Board of Directors voted to provide an operating budget and funds for acquisitions. Prior to and even after the formation of the Archives researchers had access to the Lloyd Shaw Dance Library, which consisted of Lloyd Shaw’s personal collection, at the home of Dorothy Shaw in Colorado Springs, CO. Some of these resources were later incorporated into the Archives, but many remained in the possession of the family. The Archives was housed at Dr. Litchman’s home in Albuquerque, NM until 1982. In 1982 it was shifted into a renovated chicken coop, and moved again in 1988 to a local dance studio purchased by the Foundation. Dr. Litchman began negotiations to permanently move the Lloyd Shaw Foundation Dance Archives to the University of Denver in 2002, and the transition was completed in 2003.

Found in 135 Collections and/or Records:

Box 33: 19th Century and Ragtime Dance Workshop-Le Chardon d'Ecosse

 File — Box: D096.0033
Identifier: D096.03.0033
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. This box contains materials from: 19th Century and Ragtime Dance Workshop; 31st Halloween Pamphlet; AAADS: A Weekend of Hope; Abilene Square Dance Day; Aggie Haylofters Round Dance Workshop; Al Brundage Goes to Nassau; Alabama State Square and Round Dance Convention; All American City Square Dance Festival; All American Square Dance Festival; Aman Annual Institute; American Institute of Electrical...
Dates: 1930-2007

Box 34: Folk Alliance- Hatsway Manor Society

 File — Box: D096.0034
Identifier: D096.08.0034
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. This box includes: Folk Alliance; Folk and Square Dance Festival (North Carolina); Folk Dance Federation of California Dancers Institute; Folk Dance Federation of Minnesota; Folk Dance Festival; Folk Dance Institute; Folk Dance Leaders Party; Folk Dance Leadership Council of Chicago; Folk Dance Party; Folk Dance Session; Folk Dance Workshop; Folk Vally Square Dance; Folklore Village Christmas Festival;...
Dates: 1930-2007

Box 35: Hayloft-June Festival

 File — Box: D096.0035
Identifier: D096.08.0035
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. In this box are folders from: Hawkeye Recreatory; The Hayloft Weekend; Heap Big Pow Wow; Heart of America Square and Round Dance Festival; Heart of the Lakes Region Spring Festival; H.E.L.P; Heritage Dance Festival; Hoedown; Hog Day Festival; Holiday Challenge Weekend; Holiday Folk Fair; Houston Couples Dance; Houston Square and Round Dance Council Square Dance Festival; Hoolyeh Folk Dance Festival;...
Dates: 1930-2007

Box 36: Kansas City Folk Dance Festival-Kirkwood Lodge

 File — Box: D096.0036
Identifier: D096.08.0036
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. This box contains folders from: Kansas City Folk Dance Festival; Kansas Round Dance Festival; Karsner's Tanz; Kentucky Dance Institute; Kentucky Folk Festival; and Kirkwood Lodge.
Dates: 1930-2007

Box 37: March of Dimes Graduation Roundup-Oglebay Institute Fall Folk Dance Camp

 File — Box: D096.0037
Identifier: D096.08.0037
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. This box contains folders from: March of Dimes Graduation Roundup; Mary Bee Exhibition Square Dance Festival; Maverick's Roundup; Memorial Day Campout; Mendocino Woodlands Country Dance Camp; Mexico Earthquake Relief Benefit; Mexico Folklore Camp; Mexico International Folklore Festival; Miami Valley Folk Dancers; Mid-Winter Festival; Midwest Recreation Conference; Midwest Square Dance Festival;...
Dates: 1930-2007

Box 38: Oglebay Institute Fall Camp-Russian Music and Dance Festival, 1951-2007

 File — Box: D096.0038
Identifier: D096.08.0038
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. In this box are materials from Oglebay Institute Fall Camp; Ohio Folk Festival; Ohio Valley Square Dance Association Square Dance Jamboree; Oil City Hoedown; Oklahoma State Federation of Square Dance Clubs Annual State Festival; Old World's Fair; Omaha Square Dance Festival; Once-in-a-Lifetime International Hoedown; Oregon Mid-Winter Festival; Ozarkian Holiday Innstitute, Pairs'N Squares; Pairama;...
Dates: 1951-2007

Box 39: Square Dance Fall Festival-University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp (1955)

 File — Box: D096.0039
Identifier: D096.08.0039
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. In this box are folders from: Square Dance Fall Festival; Square Dance Federation of Minnesota; Square Dance Festival (Arizona); Square Dance Festival (New Mexico); Square Dance Jamboree (Manitoba); Square Dance Jamboree (Maryland); Square Dance Jamboree (Northern California); Square Dance Jamboree; Square Dance Jubilee; Square Dance Roundup; Square Dance Spring Festival; Square Dance Week-end; Square...
Dates: 1930-2007

Box 40: University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp, 1942-1977

 File — Box: D096.0040
Identifier: D096.08.0040
Abstract This box contains materials from square and folk dance workshops, festivals, and conferences. In this box are folders from University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp (1956-1983).
Dates: 1942-1977

Box 41: Lloyd Shaw Foundation Plaques and Awards, 1981-1998

 File — Box: D096.0041
Identifier: D096.03.0041
Abstract This box contains awards related to the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. Items in this box include: a Top 15 of 1998 award from the 22nd URDC (Universal Round Dance Council, now International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association) Convention (San Jose, California) for Sam and Jodi Shawver for their choreography that goes with Sam's Song; Silver Spur Award - Award to Bob and Dottie Elgin for Devotion to the Square Dance Activity May 20, 1995 by The Sets in Order American Square Dance Society; Blank...
Dates: 1981-1998

Box 42: Dance Instructions, Song Lyrics, Sheet Music, and Cue Cards

 File — Box: D096.0042
Identifier: D096.10.0042
Abstract This box contains various square dance calling cue cards, dance instructions, handwritten song lyrics, and sheet music. Items are arranged by type.
Dates: 1850-2007