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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 136 Collections and/or Records:

Box 43: Artisea Square Dance Club, 1974-1989

 File — Box: D096.0043
Identifier: D096.05.0043

This box contains administrative materials from the Artisea Square Dance Club. Items included in this box are membership forms, club rosters, guest caller forms, non-profit forms, and club minutes.

Dates: 1974-1989

Box 44: Reels

 File — Box: D096.0044
Identifier: D096.11.0044

This box contains (3) films: The Visible Anthem, Trip to NY and Carbondale, PA (1928), a reel labelled "CMS Square and Folk Dance" and an unlabelled film.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 45: VHS Tapes, 1976-1998

 File — Box: D096.0045
Identifier: D096.11.0045
Abstract This box contains VHS tapes and (1) SONY video tape. Titles and/or descriptions include: Spec Ed Dances w/Chip and Peggy Stewart Amtsinstruktorkursus 1998 Frenensborg Bill Litchman Band 1 York-Nov 1988 Excerpts The New England Folk Festival '86 #011347 0 Master - Genl Program, 1976 National Sq. D. Conv at Anaheim Flemish-American Dance Holiday May 30, 1990 to June 9, 1990 Lloyd Shaw Foundation Video 1 Bob Osgood Master Stavropol Cossacks - State...
Dates: 1976-1998

Box 46: John M. Forbes, 1967-1988

 File — Box: D096.0046
Identifier: D096.06.0046
Abstract This box contains various newsletters owned by John M. Forbes, a board member of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. Newsletters in this box include Notes for Callers; National Callers' Report; CallerLab teaching materials; Square Dance Callers' Association of Southern California; Choreo Breakdown; Santa Clara Valley Square Dance Callers Association; a heavily modified version of American Squares; The Union Leader; The New England Square Dance Caller; New Mexico Central District Callers' Association;...
Dates: 1967-1988

Box 48: Club Documents: F-Sq

 File — Box: D096.0048
Identifier: D096.05.0048
Scope and Contents From the Series:

This series contains scrapbooks, directories, and club documents.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 50: Eileen and Francis Carnahan Scrapbook, 1949-1952

 File — Box: D096.0050
Identifier: D096.06.0050

This box contains (1) scrapbook created by Eileen and Francis Carnahan consisting of programs, photos, and clipping of square dances in Southern California.

Dates: 1949-1952

Box 51: Eileen and Francis Carnahan

 File — Box: D096.0051
Identifier: D096.06.0051

This box contains club documents, workshop materials, teaching materials, program books, a song book, and dance calls/sets collected by Eileen and Francis Carnahan.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 52: Dance Instructions

 File — Box: D096.0052
Identifier: D096.10.0052

This box contains dances collected by the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. Origin of the dances is unknown. Folders are labelled in alphabetical order.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 53: Dancer's Notebooks

 File — Box: D096.0053
Identifier: D096.10.0053

This box contains personal notebooks of dances that have been disassembled. Not all original owners of notebooks have been identified.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 54: Publication Drafts/Unpublished Material A-G

 File — Box: D096.0054
Identifier: D096.09.0054
Abstract This box contains publication drafts for books containing square dance calls and instructions. Titles include: A Short History of Illinois Square Dancing (Donna Rodgers), Album of Square Dance Calls and Terms (Carl Geels), American Couple Dances (Neil Hermance), And Promenade All (Helen and Larry Eisenberg), Bill Johnstone drafts, Caller/Teacher Manual (Bob Osgood), A Collection of Couple Dances, Colorado- History, Notes, Musings, Couple Dances (Knapp), Dance with the Dunsings, Dancing in...
Dates: 1959-1981