The Dance Archive Administrative Records
The Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library was founded in 1972 at Colorado Women's College. The library is now housed at the University of Denver under Special Collections and Archives. The library's mission is to advance education and engagement with resources across all genres of dance and movement, with an emphasis on the American West. This collection contains administrative and financial materials, programming materials, scrapbooks and realia, and publications.
- Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
Justin W. Brierly, assistant to the president of Colorado Women's College, founded the Martha Faure Carson Dance Library there in 1972 in memory of Martha Faure Carson, a friend of Brierly's who had been a dance teacher in Denver. The library documents many forms and styles of dance in the Rocky Mountain region and elsewhere. After Brierly's death, the library was renamed the Carson-Brierly Dance Library. With the sell of the CWC campus to the University of Denver, the library was moved to the University of Denver, University Park campus. In 2012, after the death of the long-time curator Glenn Giffin, the library was renamed the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library. Following a rebranding campaign, the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library was renamed The Dance Archive in June 2018.
22.25 Linear Feet (16 containers)
Scope and Contents
This collection contains administrative documents, financial documents, materials for program planning, promotional materials, materials from committees, publications, and scrapbooks and realia.
This collection is arranged in 11 series: 1. Board Administration 2. Correspondence 3. Membership 4. Dance Schools 5. Financial 6. Collection Development 7. Library Administration 8. Programs and Events 9. Promotional Materials 10. Publications 11. Scrapbooks and Ephemera
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