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Maryland Dance Theater Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Maryland Dance Theater Collection
Author/Creator:
Maryland Dance Theater
Collection number:
95-93-MDT
Size:
4.50 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1973-1988
Inclusive dates:
1973-2008
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Maryland Dance Theater, founded on the University of Maryland campus in 1971 by Dorothy Madden and Larry Warren, performed contemporary dance in the DC and Baltimore metro areas until it disbanded in 1988. Its repertory embraced a wide variety of movement, styles, and theatrical concepts. The company also provided dance education through lecture demonstrations and master classes. The Maryland Dance Theater Collection consists of programs, photographs, correspondence, press clippings, publicity materials, various records of performance, and other organizational documents outlining its history. The Media formats in the MDT Archives are located in Nonprint Media Services. Paper documents, including photographs, are in Special Collections in Performing Arts.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Maryland Dance Theater Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Maryland Dance Theater performed contemporary dance in the DC and Baltimore metro areas from 1971 to 1988. Its repertory embraced a wide variety of movement, styles, and theatrical concepts, and provided dance education through lecture demonstrations and master classes. The company was founded on the University of Maryland campus in 1971 by Director Dr. Dorothy Madden, the first Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of Maryland, and by Associate Director Larry Warren, Professor of Dance at the university.

Born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Dr. Madden received her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College, her Master of Arts from Syracuse University, and her PhD from New York University. She studied dance in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Tokyo, and London, and danced in Washington with several companies including The Chamber Dance Group, Children's Dance Theatre and the companies of Pola Nirenska and Ethel Butler. She was Professor Emerita of the University of Maryland, and Doctor Honoris Causa from the Federacion Francaise de Danse in Paris. Dr. Madden was also the author of You Call Me Louis, Not Mr. Horst. Dr. Madden died in 2009.

In 1976, Larry Warren became Co-director of the company. From 1977 until 1988, Mr. Warren assumed direction, with Anne Warren serving as Rehearsal Director and later as Associate Director. Both professors at the University of Maryland, Mr. and Mrs. Warren acted as choreographers (and she as a principal dancer) for the company in performances throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. It was under their direction that the Maryland Dance Theater earned national recognition, becoming one of the few companies selected for the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program.

Mr. Warren was Professor at the University of Maryland until 1995, and was Professor Emeritus until his death in 2009. He authored biographies on Lester Horton and Anna Sokolow, the latter of which was awarded a special citation from Dance Perspectives. Mrs. Warren is Associate Chair of the Dance Department and Director of Undergraduate Dance Studies at the University of Maryland. In 1986, the Warrens jointly received the Maryland Dance Council's Outstanding Service to Dance in Maryland Award. They were also the recipients of the 2000-2001 Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. In 1987, Mrs. Warren earned the Arts Achievement Award in Dance from Wayne State University.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Maryland Dance Theater Collection covers the period from 1965 to 1994; the bulk of the materials date from 1973-1988. The collection contains press clippings, newsletters, programs, correspondence, publicity materials, reviews, financial records, and photographs outlining the company's history.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Maryland Dance Theater, Inc., Professors Lawrence and Anne W. Warren, principals, March 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Jeni Dahmus, Mary Edsall, and Stephanie Keller, October 1998. Revised by Amy Grossnickle and Cassandra N. Berman, June 2011.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, January 2007. Revised by Cassandra N. Berman, April 2010 and Amanda May, August 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Clippings, 1973- 2008 (13 Folders)

This series consists of newspaper clippings arranged by season and journal articles arranged chronologically outlining Maryland Dance Theater's performances and activities.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings: Clippings 1973-1974 Season, 1973-1974 series 1box 1folder 1
Clippings: Clippings 1975-1977 Season, 1975-1977 series 1box 1folder 2
Clippings: Clippings 1978-1979 Season, 1978-1979 series 1box 1folder 3
Clippings: Clippings 1980-1981 Season, 1980-1981 series 1box 1folder 4
Clippings: Clippings 1982-1983 Season, 1982-1983 series 1box 1folder 5
Clippings: Clippings 1983-1984 Season, 1983-1984 series 1box 1folder 6
Clippings: Clippings 1984-1985 Season, 1985-1985 series 1box 1folder 7
Clippings: Clippings 1985-1986 Season 1/2, 1985-1986 series 1box 1folder 8
Clippings: Clippings 1985-1986 Season 2/2, 1985-1986 series 1box 2folder 1
Clippings: Clippings 1987-1988 Season, 1987-1988 series 1box 2folder 2
Clippings: [clippings after 1988], 1989, 1991 series 1box 2folder 3
Clippings: [undated clippings], undated series 1box 2folder 4
Clippings: [Arts magazines], 1978-2008 series 1box 2folder 5

Series 2: Newsletters, 1973-1986 (11 Folders)

This series consists of various newsletters about dance, the Maryland Dance Theater's own newsletter, and newsletters from the University of Maryland, which supply information about Maryland Dance Theater. The newsletters are arranged alphabetically by title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newsletters: [AAUW], 1984 series 2box 2folder 6
Newsletters: [Argus], 1979 series 2box 2folder 7
Newsletters: [Dance Notations], 1985-1986 series 2box 2folder 8
Newsletters: [Maryland Council for Dance], 1983-1986 and undated series 2box 2folder 9
Newsletters: [Maryland Dance Theater], 1983-1984 series 2box 2folder 10
Newsletters: [Maryland Today], 1982, 1985, 1982, 1985 a nd undated series 2box 2folder 11
Newsletters: [Metropolitan Dance Association], 1984 series 2box 2folder 12
Newsletters: [Precis], 1973-1986 series 2box 2folder 13
Newsletters: [Publick Playhouse], 1980-1983 and undated series 2box 2folder 14
Newsletters: [Richmond Times-Dispatch], 1976 series 2box 2folder 15
Newsletters: [University of Maryland, College Park], 1977-1985 series 2box 2folder 16

Series 3: Correspondence, 1972-1996 and undated (20 Folders)

This series consists of correspondence dating from 1972-1996. It has been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 3.1: Professional, 1973-1988 (9 Folders)

This Subseries consists of professional correspondence between Maryland Dance Theater and organizations contracting the group and of correspondence from individuals detailing business matters of the Maryland Dance Theater.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1973-74 Season], 1973-1974series 3.1box 2folder 17
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1975-77 Season], 1975-1977series 3.1box 2folder 18
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1978-79 Season], 1978-1979series 3.1box 2folder 19
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1980-81 Season], 1980-1981series 3.1box 2folder 20
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1982-83 Season], 1982-1983series 3.1box 2folder 21
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1984], 1984series 3.1box 2folder 22
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1985-86 Season], 1985-1986series 3.1box 2folder 23
Professional: [Professional Correspondence 1987-88 Season], 1987-1988series 3.1box 2folder 24
Professional: [Professional Correspondence after 1988], 1994-1996series 3.1box 2folder 25

Subseries 3.2: Letters of Gratitude, 1973-1990 and undated (11 Folders)

This subseries contains letters from individuals as well as schools and organizations thanking the Maryland Dance Theater for their performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1973-74 Season], 1973-1974series 3.2box 2folder 26
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1975-77 Season], 1975-1977series 3.2box 2folder 27
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1978-79 Season], 1978-1979series 3.2box 2folder 28
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1980-81 Season], 1980-1981series 3.2box 2folder 29
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1982-83 Season], 1982-1983series 3.2box 2folder 30
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1984 Season], 1984series 3.2box 2folder 31
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1985-86 Season], 1985-1986series 3.2box 2folder 32
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1987-88 Season], 1987-1988series 3.2box 2folder 33
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude 1989-90 Season], 1989-1990series 3.2box 2folder 34
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude after 1990], 1994series 3.2box 2folder 35
Letters of Gratitude: [Correspondence expressing gratitude], undatedseries 3.2box 2folder 36

Series 4: Programs, 1965-1988 and undated (11 Folders)

This series contains programs from Maryland Dance Theater performances at the University of Maryland and in the surrounding region. It is arranged by season.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs: [programs prior to 1973], 1965, 1972 series 4box 3folder 1
Programs: Programs 1973-1974 Season, 1973-1974 series 4box 3folder 2
Programs: Programs 1975-1977 Season, 1975-1977 series 4box 3folder 3
Programs: Programs 1978-1979 Season, 1978-1979 series 4box 3folder 4
Programs: Programs 1980-1981 Season, 1980-1981 series 4box 3folder 5
Programs: Programs 1982-1983 Season, 1982-1983 series 4box 3folder 6
Programs: Programs 1983-1984 Season, 1983-1984 series 4box 3folder 7
Programs: Programs 1984-1985 Season, 1984-1985 series 4box 3folder 8
Programs: Programs 1985-1986 Season, 1985-1986 series 4box 3folder 9
Programs: Programs 1987-1988 Season, 1987-1988 series 4box 3folder 10
Programs: [programs], undated series 4box 3folder 11

Series 5: Publicity, 1973-1988 and undated (19 Folders)

This series contains publicity writings as well as posters, brochures, fliers, and cards related to Maryland Dance Theater performances. It has been divided into three subseries.

Subseries 5.1: Writings, 1973-1988 and undated (5 Folders)

This subseries contains written announcements, memos, and articles about peformances by the Maryland Dance Theater.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Writings: [Publicity writings 1973-74 season], 1973-1974series 5.1box 3folder 12
Writings: [Publicity writings 1984-85 season], 1948-1985series 5.1box 3folder 13
Writings: [Publicity writings 1985-86 season], 1985-1986series 5.1box 3folder 14
Writings: [Publicity writings 1987-88 season], 1987-1988series 5.1box 3folder 15
Writings: [Publicity writings], undatedseries 5.1box 3folder 16

Subseries 5.2: Brochures and Posters, 1973-1988 and undated (12 Folders)

This subseries contains brochures, posters, fliers, mailing cards and other promotional materials used by Maryland Dance Theater.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1973-74 season], 1973-1974series 5.2box 3folder 17
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1975-77 season], 1975-1977series 5.2box 3folder 18
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1978-79 season], 1978-1979series 5.2box 3folder 19
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1980-81 season], 1980-1981series 5.2box 3folder 20
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1982-83 season], 1982-1983series 5.2box 3folder 21
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1983-84 season], 1983-1984series 5.2box 3folder 22
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1984-85 season], 1984-1985series 5.2box 3folder 23
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1985-86 season], 1985-1986series 5.2box 3folder 24
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters 1987-88 season], 1987-1988series 5.2box 3folder 25
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters], undatedseries 5.2box 4folder 1
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters] (housed in Oversized Box), undatedseries 5.2box 4folder 2
Brochures and Posters: [Publicity brochures and posters], oversized posters (housed in Aisle HH, Drawer 1-12), undatedseries 5.2box 4folder 3

Subseries 5.3: Accompanying Performance Materials, undated (2 Folders)

This subseries contains exhibit materials that accompanied Maryland Dance Theater's performance of Doris Humphrey's "The Shakers."

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Accompanying Performance Materials: ["The Shakers" exhibit images and writings], undatedseries 5.3box 4folder 4
Accompanying Performance Materials: ["The Shakers" exhibit images and captions] (housed in Oversized Box), undatedseries 5.3box 4folder 5

Series 6: Criticism, 1975-1984 and undated (6 Folders)

This series contains written criticism of Maryland Dance Theater by critic Jane Murray for "The Critics' Place" on Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting and other written reviews of Maryland Dance Theater.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Criticism: Criticism 1975-77 Season, 1975-1977 series 6box 4folder 6
Criticism: Criticism 1978-79 Season, 1978-1979 series 6box 4folder 7
Criticism: [Criticism 1980-81 Season], 1980-1981 series 6box 4folder 8
Criticism: [Criticism 1982-83 Season], 1982-1983 series 6box 4folder 9
Criticism: [criticism 1983-84 Season], 1983-1984 series 6box 4folder 10
Criticism: [undated criticism], undated series 6box 4folder 11

Series 7: History and Records, 1971-1994 and undated (15 Folders)

This series contains information about Maryland Dance Theater's history. Included are lists of the company, choreography, records of performances from schedules and Dorothy Madden's journal, two copies of scrapbooks, and archive labels.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
History and Records: [MDT History] (one item housed in Oversized Box), 1978-1988 series 7box 4folder 12
History and Records: Maryland Dance Theater 1981-1982 [scrapbook copy, 40 pp.], 1981-1982 series 7box 4folder 13
History and Records: Maryland Dance Theater: The Track Record [scrapbook 81 pp.], 1973-1988 series 7box 4folder 14
History and Records: [company list], undated series 7box 4folder 15
History and Records: [choreography and repertoire], 1971-80, 1994 series 7box 4folder 16
History and Records: [performance records and schedules], 1972-1988 and undated series 7box 4folder 17
History and Records: Journal, 1971-1984 series 7box 4folder 18
History and Records: [misc. loose pages], 1980 series 7box 4folder 19
History and Records: Archive Label 1973-74 Season, 1973-1974 series 7box 4folder 20
History and Records: Archive Label 1975-77 Season, 1975-1977 series 7box 4folder 21
History and Records: Archive Label 1978-79 Season, 1978-1979 series 7box 4folder 22
History and Records: Archive Label 1980-81 Season, 1980-1981 series 7box 4folder 23
History and Records: Archive Label 1982-83 Season, 1982-1983 series 7box 4folder 24
History and Records: Archive Label 1983-84 Season, 1983-1984 series 7box 4folder 25
History and Records: Archive Label 1984-85 Season, 1984-1985 series 7box 4folder 26

Series 8: Financial, 1975-1994 and undated (2 Folders)

This series contains various financial information from Maryland Dance Theater's records. It includes pricing for performances, budgets and an application for a grant.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Financial: [miscellaneous financial], 1975-1994 and undated series 8box 4folder 27
Financial: [Special Project Grant 1977-78], 1977-1978 series 8box 4folder 28

Series 9: Photographs, 1973-1985 and undated (12 Folders)

This series contains photographs and slides of Maryland Dance Theater performances, master classes, awards, and other activities. It has been divided into two subseries. There is also an inventory of the photographs, organized by choreographed piece or event.

Subseries 9.1: Choreography, 1981-1985 and undated (7 Folders)

This subseries contains photographs of Maryland Dance Theater performances. They are organized alphabetically by the name of the choreography.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Choreography: "Agitation"- "And" MDT Photographs, undatedseries 9.1box 5folder 1
Choreography: "Another Voice"- "Dance Rhythms" MDT Photographs, 1973-75 and undatedseries 9.1box 5folder 2
Choreography: "Dance Run Penny Supper"- "I-71" MDT Photographs, undatedseries 9.1box 5folder 3
Choreography: "Inosstress"- "Pell Mell" MDT Photographs, 1985 and undatedseries 9.1box 5folder 4
Choreography: "Playlet"- "Sea Dreams" MDT Photographs, 1981 and undatedseries 9.1box 5folder 5
Choreography: "Shakers"- "Widow's Walk" MDT Photographs, undatedseries 9.1box 6folder 1
Choreography: [choreography to be identified], undatedseries 9.1box 6folder 2

Subseries 9.2: Miscellaneous, 1973-1985 and undated (5 Folders)

This subseries contains photographs of awards, audience participation, publicity photographs and slides. It also includes photographs organized into two groups; early and later years of Maryland Dance Theater.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous: [photographs of events], 1973-74 and undatedseries 9.2box 6folder 3
Miscellaneous: [early and later years of the company], 1974-76 and undatedseries 9.2box 6folder 4
Miscellaneous: [publicity], 1985 and undatedseries 9.2box 6folder 5
Miscellaneous: [slides], undatedseries 9.2box 6folder 6
Miscellaneous: [oversized photographs] (housed in Oversized Box), undatedseries 9.2box 6folder 7

Related Material

Video of the Maryland Dance Theater are available from Nonprint Media Services located in the University of Maryland's Hornbake Library. Some of the titles included in the collection are listed below.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Bibliography

Bobrowsky, Stephanie. "MDT: Dancing into its Second Decade" Precis: Faculty/Staff Newsletter of the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. Volume 11, Number 22. Februray 23, 1981.

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