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Willard Orlich Papers

Identifier: D099
Will Orlich taught square dance callers for many years, as well as ran the National Callers Report, a note service for callers. This collection contains his square dance materials, including notes, workshop materials, published materials, and newsletters related to square dancing.


  • 1960-1976

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restriction may apply.


2.0 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the square dance materials of Will Orlich. This includes notes, workshop materials, published materials, and newsletters related to square dancing.

Biographical / Historical

"Once in a while an outstanding individual comes along who may not be a caller but who is worthy of a special award from CALLERLAB because he did so much for callers as well as square dancing in his lifetime. Such a man is Will Orlich.

Will was a very unique individual. He was not a caller, and yet he was a trainer of callers. He never sang a note on a record and yet he supervised many dozens of recordings. He was one of the country's foremost choreographers and yet he never 'hashed' a note on the microphone. For many years, from 1956 until his death in 1979, he conducted workshop sessions for thousands of dancers in both Ohio and Florida which helped shape the course of our present-day choreography. His note service (NCR) for callers was one of the earliest and best in the field. His books on square dance materials were classics. His many years of writing for square dance magazines inspired every leader on the front line of the activity.

As a choreographer for Grenn records, he wrote the choreography for over 100 workshop records and 16 singing calls. He taught scores of caller clinics in the US and Canada. He was never too busy to answer every piece of correspondence promptly, advising new callers, encouraging others, acting as a resource on dozens of subjects. The measure of a man is what he gives back to the world that gave him life and shaped him for a brief while. Willard Orlich gave his full measure."

Biography provided from Direction Newsletter for Members of CALLERLAB, VoLume XVI Number 2 - June 1988.


This collection is arranged into four (4) series: Notes and Working Files, Workshop Materials, Published Materials, and National Callers Report.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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