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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 81: Pins, Badges, and Ribbons

 File — Box: D096.0081
Identifier: D096.13.0081

This box contains pins and badges, including: several nametags for B.J. Dennis; several nametags for Cleo Dennis; a bedazzled belt buckle that says "Antique Twirlers"; nameags for Helen Peters; and a pin for the Lloyd Shaw Foundation.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 82: Pins and Badges

 File — Box: D096.0082
Identifier: D096.13.0082

This box contains pins and badges, including: "Happy Rock'rs"; "Halo Twisters"; "Eagles Squares"; "Foot 'n' Fiddlers"; "Little Daisy Squares"; "Fun Squares"; "Grasshopper Dancer"; "Hoot and Holler"; and "Freeloaders".

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 83: Cloth Banners and Pins

 File — Box: D096.0083
Identifier: D096.13.0083

This box contains several pieces of memorabilia, including: cloth banners; a clock that says "Time to Square Dance"; a large square of (possibly silk) cloth with pictures of square dancers; two large pieces of cloth with dozens of pins attached to them.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 85: Square Dance Costumes

 File — Box: D096.0085
Identifier: D096.01.0085

This box contains (1) blue and silver dress; (1) white lace petticoat; (1) California state flag shrug/shawl with many pins on it. It also contains (1) red velvet apron embroidered with flowers; (1) blue and red skirt with a flower pattern; (1) red skirt with blue flowers; (1) black skirt with red lining; (1) red, blue, green,, and yellow paisley skirt; (1) sleeveless black dress with white pattern; and (3) white petticoats.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 86: Square Dance Costumes

 File — Box: D096.0086
Identifier: D096.01.0086
Abstract This box contains several skirts, including several denim skirts, and (1) yellow and pink skirt with a flower pattern. It also contains several aprons: (1) with large flowers patterned on it; (1) tan, blue, and red striped apron; (1) green, red, and blue flower-patterned apron with black ties. Lastly, it contains several accessories, including: (1) red and one (1) green handkerchief; (1) silk blue and gold scarf or shawl; (1) white hood; (1) blue, green, pink, and red handkerchief; (3)...
Dates: 1850-2007

Box 87: Pins, Badges, and Ribbons

 File — Box: D096.0087
Identifier: D096.13.0087

This box contains pins, ribbons, and badges, including: "4th Annual Square Wheels"; "Nite Owl"; "Float the Float"; "Dancing Bears"; "Coffee Grinders Summer Fun"; "Mad for Marv"; "Holland America Westours"; "9th Aloha State Square Dance Convention 1973"; and "Show Off".

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 88: VHS Tapes

 File — Box: D096.0088
Identifier: D096.11.0088

This box contains VHS tapes and DVDs with square dance programs including: Jerry Helt's Dance Party, The Joy of Dancing, Community Dance Party, Bob Howell Live, Don Armstrong's Reel to Reel, and Square Dance Basic Movements with Larry McBee.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 89: Memorabilia

 File — Box: D096.0089
Identifier: D096.02.0089
Abstract This box contains a plaque engraved with the words "Awarded to Mrs. Dorothy Shaw for Outstanding Service as Honorary Chairman of Buckskin Joe Trail Dance May 26, 1959"; (5) small framed pictures from The Littlest Wiseman, performed in Fort Worth 1975; and a framed certificate from "The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir" to Dorothy Shaw for her 14 years of contributions. Also contained within the box are two photographs: "To the Shaws: Everlasting Love, Dana and Elwyn", and a picture of the Duel in the...
Dates: 1850-2007

Box 90: Peggy Lewis Scrapbook

 File — Box: D096.0090
Identifier: D096.06.0090

This box contains Peggy Lewis's Folk Dance Scrapbook (with some water damage), and a long black ribbon with Peggy's pins on it.

Dates: 1850-2007

Box 91: Square Dance Costumes

 File — Box: D096.0091
Identifier: D096.01.0091

This box contains (1) tan t-shirt with blue and green square dancing figures on it, (1) blue and white overdress, (1) white peasant blouse in eyelet cotton, (1) dark blue apron, (1) navy skirt with green and black leaves embroidered, (1) green jacket with gold buttons and navy blue trimming.

Dates: 1850-2007