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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 55: Plaques and Framed Photos, 1950-1976

 File — Box D096.0055: Series D096.03 [Barcode: U186022114794]
Identifier: D096.03.0055

This box contains: (1) plaque dedicated to Dr. Shaw from the Square Dance Callers Association of Southern California, (1) unidentified framed photo, (2) framed photo of Lloyd Shaw dancing, (1) photo signed to Lloyd Shaw from Roger and Jean Knapp's Quadrille Team, (1) plaque for the Square Dance Callers Hall of Fame (1976), and (1) framed certificate to Zora Cernick (1950).

Dates: 1950-1976

Box 56: Cheyenne Mountain Community Association Award, 1957

 File — Box D096.0056: Series D096.02 [Barcode: U186023263261]
Identifier: D096.02.0056

This box contains (1) award to Dr. and Mrs Shaw from the Cheyenne Mountain Community Education Association (1957).

Dates: 1957

Box 57: Sherwood Folk Dance Club Scrapbook, 1956

 File — Box D096.0057: Series D096.05 [Barcode: U186022114859]
Identifier: D096.05.0057

This box contains (1) scrapbook from the Sherwood Folk Dancers.

Dates: 1956

Box 58: Ceramic Statues

 File — Box D096.0058: Series D096.13 [Barcode: U186020741618]
Identifier: D096.13.0058

This box contains several ceramic statues, including one of a dancing couple, two of men playing instruments (the violin player is slightly damaged), and two individuals dancing, likely a set, one man and one woman.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 59: Pins and Ribbons

 File — Box D096.0059: Series D096.13 [Barcode: U186020741626]
Identifier: D096.13.0059

This box contains pins and ribbons from various square dancing events and groups, including: the Illinois State Square Dance Convention, the Square Dance Association of Wisconsin, the Kenosha Square Dance Club, the Sashay Rounders of Santa Fe, the Chula Vista Dance Fest, and the 23rd National Square Dance Convention in San Antonio Texas. Also included in the box are a number of wooden stamps.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 60: Clothing Accessories

 File — Box D096.0060: Series D096.01 [Barcode: U186020741634]
Identifier: D096.01.0060

This box contains two belts, a pair of red women's flats (shoes), several large beltbuckles, decorated and/or colorful ladies hair bows, and a few men's ties and bolo ties.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 61: Cloth Banners

 File — Box D096.0061: Series D096.13 [Barcode: U186020741642]
Identifier: D096.13.0061

This box contains several cloth banners for different dance troupes, including three for the Bavarian Beaumont group (or possibly Beaumont Bavarian, the banners vary), one for the Fountain Squares, one for the Hi Desert Dusters from Victorville CA, and two for the Oxbow Squares. Also included in the box is a large rectangle of cloth, likely a handkerchief, with square dancing designs and a few unidentified stains on it.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 62: Square Dance Trophy

 File — Box D096.0062: Series D096.02 [Barcode: U186023288897]
Identifier: D096.02.0062

This box contains a trophy engraved with the words: "Square Dance Award of Fifth Annual National Square Dance Convention Presented to Dr. Lloyd Shaw by Jack Atkinson."

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 64: Square Dance Costumes

 File — Box D096.0064: Series D096.01 [Barcode: U186023288910]
Identifier: D096.01.0064

This box contains (1) yellow decorated skirt and shirt outfit, (1) white peasant blouse, and (1) purple dress.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 65: Square Dance Costumes

 File — Box D096.0065: Series D096.01 [Barcode: U186023288928]
Identifier: D096.01.0065

This box contains (2) blue dresses of different patterns (one has a letter attached to it explaining its origins), (1) black and red long-sleeved fringed man's shirt with a black cloth tie, and (1) green and gold shirt and skirt outfit.

Dates: 1850-2007