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Mae Fraley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: D103
This collection contains square dance workshop materials, organizational materials, and research materials collected by Mae Fraley.

Dates

  • Coverage: Majority of material found within 1688-2000

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restriction may apply.

Extent

8.0 Linear Feet (9 containers)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the square dance research materials from Mae Fraley.

Biographical / Historical

"The dance world has lost a treasure trove of dance leadership and information in Mae Belt Fraley, who died at the age of 93 on Feb. 10 in Rockville, MD. Mae began teaching early and entertained the troops overseas during WWII in her square dance days. She was involved in the Kentucky Dance Institute (KDI) and Newcamp dance week at Frostburg, Maryland. She led dance groups to workshops and camps in West Virginia and other dance camps in the East as well as led folk dance tours to Europe. She was dance instructor for the Swiss Folklore group, which met in the Swiss embassy in Washington, DC, and took tours to St. Moritz for instruction and performing in 1991 and a yodel fest in 1963. She led an Italian and a German group and was active in the Chevy Chase Community Center folk dance organization. She also attended the Lloyd Shaw Foundation's RMDR. Mae had her own dance camps twice a year: Woodmont in the spring in West Virginia and Pasadena, Maryland in the fall. She also led dance groups to yearly camps in Berkeley Springs, WV and to St. Michaels on the Eastern shore for folk dance weekends. For many years, Mae worked at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, holding a special visitation pass for research in the field of folk dance. Don Armstrong was among the dance leaders who relied on Mae’s research on historic dances. When the Mae Fraley international folk dance collection was added to the Brigham Young University Music and Dance Library, it increased the holdings by more than 276 LPs, 600 45 records, 104 audio tape cassettes, 463 titles of books and pamphlets and some 70 large binders of camp and workshop syllabi. An equally large collection of her American material was donated to the Lloyd Shaw Foundation archives, now housed at the University of Denver Library, Denver, CO." From American Dance Circle Volume 33, number 1 March 2012.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series: Workshop and Square Dance Organization Materials; and Research Notebooks and Materials.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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