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Improvisations Unlimited Collection

Abstract

Title:
Improvisations Unlimited Collection
Author/Creator:
Improvisations Unlimited
Collection number:
00-66-IMPUNL
Size:
14.5 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1978-1992
Inclusive dates:
1970-1997
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:

Improvisations Unlimited was a modern dance company based at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1978-1992. Founded and directed by university dance professor Meriam Rosen, the company began with informal performances of improvised movement, but gradually introduced more structured choreography, though still within a largely improvisational framework. Improvisations Unlimited commissioned works by well-known choreographers and developed a repertoire of works and workshops, which they performed and conducted for a wide array of audiences, including dancers, children, older adults, and populations with special needs throughout the Washington, D.C.-area and the Eastern Seaboard. The Improvisations Unlimited Collection covers the period from 1970-1997; the bulk of the materials date from 1978-1992. The collection consists of administrative files, financial records, correspondence, grant and other applications, programs, publicity materials, reviews, clippings, press releases, photographs, and video tapes.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Improvisations Unlimited Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/3969
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

Improvisations Unlimited was a modern dance company based at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1978-1992. The company grew out of an advanced improvisation class led by dance professor Meriam "Mim" Rosen. When students began performing outside the classroom, Rosen approached the university dance department for permission to start a company, and Improvisations Unlimited was founded the same year. Rosen served as director throughout the company's duration.

The company began with informal performances of improvised movement, but gradually introduced more structured choreography, though still within a largely improvisational framework. Improvisations Unlimited commissioned or performed works by choreographers including Ping Chong, Jeff Duncan, Daniel Nagrin, Don Redlich, Kei Takei, and Dan Wagoner; many of these choreographers traveled to the university to work directly with the company as visiting artists. The company developed a repertoire of works and workshops, which they performed and conducted for a wide array of audiences, including dancers, children, older adults, and populations with special needs throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and the Eastern Seaboard.

Improvisations Unlimited was incorporated in 1985. It was governed by a Board of Directors and supported by Friends of Improvisations Unlimited, as well as nationally and regionally administered grants. Citing lack of financial and other support, Rosen disbanded the company in 1992.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Improvisations Unlimited Collection covers the period from 1970-1997; the bulk of the materials date from 1978-1992. The collection consists of administrative files, financial records, correspondence, grant and other applications, programs, publicity materials, reviews, clippings, press releases, photographs, and video tapes. These materials pertain to the University of Maryland-based modern dance company Improvisations Unlimited, which was founded and directed by dance professor Meriam Rosen.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Meriam Rosen, received in one shipment in May 2000. Some materials transferred to the collection from the Meriam Rosen Papers in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Cassandra N. Berman, September 2010

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, February 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Company Information, 1978-1992 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to the administrative structure of Improvisations Unlimited. Materials include correspondence, files related to the Board of Directors and the company's administrative plans, information on special programs in which the company was involved, and staff positions within the company. Materials, which span the company's duration, are arranged chronologically and by original folder title. For additional pertinent company information, please see Subseries 4.3 of the Meriam Rosen Papers.

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1978-1991 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains letters to Improvisations Unlimited from audience members, including some feedback from school groups; correspondence relating to the University of Maryland's Department of Dance and College of Arts and Humanities; in-house communications and company news; lists of contacts; and a solicitation for audience feedback.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters, 1978-1992series 1.1box 1folder 1
Department Correspondence, 1978-1992series 1.1box 1folder 2
Correspondence, 1980-1992 and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1985-1992series 1.1box 1folder 4
In-House Memoranda, 1985-1986 and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 5
Arts & Humanities Corres., 1986series 1.1box 1folder 6
[Company News], 1990-1991series 1.1box 1folder 7
Audience Survey Mail List Request Form, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 8
[Contacts], undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 9

Subseries 1.2: Administration, 1978-1992 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains materials related to the administration of Improvisations Unlimited; it is largely comprised of meeting minutes and other documents pertaining to the Board of Directors. Other materials include information on the company's tax-exempt status and copies of the company's strategic plan and plan of organization.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Tax Exempt Information, 1978-1992 series 1.2box 2folder 1
Plan of Organization (Past Company) F.I.O.O., 1979series 1.2box 2folder 2
[Board of Directors], 1985-1992 and undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 3
Board of Director Minutes, 1985-1992 and undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 4
Board of Director Board Mtg. Minutes, 1986-1988 and undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 5
[Strategic Plan], 1992series 1.2box 2folder 6

Subseries 1.3: Special Programs and Projects, 1980-199 (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains materials related to Improvisations Unlimited's participation in various (non-workshop) programs and projects, such as arts consortiums, business and management development programs for arts organizations, exhibitions, and awareness campaigns. While some information on participation in dance programs may be found here, all materials related to residencies are housed in Series 3, and all materials related to performances and workshops are housed in Series 5.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium, 1980-1985series 1.3box 2folder 7
Marketing the Co., 1984-1985series 1.3box 2folder 8
NY Self-Sponsored, 1985series 1.3box 2folder 9
South Carolina/ Surkamer, 1985-1985series 1.3box 2folder 10
BVA Program, 1986-1988series 1.3box 2folder 11
Jason Heffner [Performing Arts Management Institute], 1986-1988series 1.3box 2folder 12
Meet the Composer, 1988series 1.3box 2folder 13
Yellow Springs Institute, 1988series 1.3box 2folder 14
Threads on the Boards, 1989series 1.3box 2folder 15
AIDS Awareness Nov. 1990, 1990-1992series 1.3box 2folder 16

Subseries 1.4: Company Positions, 1981-1991 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains applications and materials related to students' administrative internships with Improvisations Unlimited; resumes of visiting artists and of applicants for Board of Directors positions; job descriptions for the positions of company manager and bookings coordinator; and two company rosters.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Internship, 1981-1988series 1.4box 3folder 1
Résumés, 1982-1987 and undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 2
[Company Roster], 1990-1991series 1.4box 3folder 3
Job Descriptions, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 4

Series 2: Financial, 1980-1992 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains the financial records of Improvisations Unlimited. The bulk of the series is comprised of account details, budgets, reports, and documents related to donations and other financial partnerships. Series 2 also contains contracts and letters of agreement between the company and visiting artists and residents, as well as box office records and seating charts. The materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters of Agreement, 1980-1991 series 2box 3folder 5
Account Detail, 1981-1987 series 2box 3folder 6
Receipts, Invoices, Misc., 1981-1989 series 2box 3folder 7
Receipts, Invoices, Misc., 1982-1987 series 2box 3folder 8
Receipts, Invoices, Misc., 1984-1991 series 2box 3folder 9
Logs and Seating Charts, 1985-1988 and undated series 2box 3folder 10
Budget Reports, 1985-1990 series 2box 4folder 1
Budget Info., 1985-1991 series 2box 4folder 2
Budget Info., 1985-1993 series 2box 4folder 3
Video Contract, 1986 series 2box 4folder 4
Budgets - Past & Present, 1987 series 2box 4folder 5
Receipts Etc. Records Nov. 1986 & March 1987, 1987 and undated series 2box 4folder 6
C & P Telephone Butta/ Lamone, 1988 series 2box 4folder 7
Disbursement Forms, 1991-1992 series 2box 4folder 8
Outright Gift Transmittal Forms, 1991-1992 series 2box 4folder 9
Box Office, undated series 2box 4folder 10
Gift Receipt Forms, undated series 2box 4folder 11
Program Ad Space Forms, undated series 2box 4folder 12

Series 3: Artistic Collaborations and Residencies, 1970-1991 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This series contains information about dancers and choreographers who collaborated with Improvisations Unlimited, or who completed formal residencies with the company. Materials include press packets, rehearsal and choreography notes, press clippings, and performance reviews. Please note that all photographs have been moved to Subseries 7.4. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Jeff Duncan, 1970-1989 series 3box 5folder 1
Kei Takei Dreamcatchers, 1977-1982 series 3box 5folder 2
Rosen Hansel & Gretel, 1981 series 3box 5folder 3
Rosen Rites, 1982-1983 series 3box 5folder 4
Daniel Nagrin, 1982-1988 series 3box 5folder 5
Charlie Vernon, circa 1982 series 3box 5folder 6
Chris Rhinehart "Tape Dance", circa 1984 series 3box 5folder 7
Dan Wagoner, circa 1984 series 3box 5folder 8
Sara and Jerry Pearson Press Packet, circa 1985 series 3box 5folder 9
Robert Small, 1985-1988 series 3box 5folder 10
Meriam Rosen, 1986-1990 series 3box 5folder 11
Beverly Blossom & Company, 1987 series 3box 5folder 12
Ping Chong Dec. 1990, 1989-1990 series 3box 5folder 13
Geulah Abrahams, 1991 series 3box 5folder 14
[Graceann Adamo], undated series 3box 5folder 15
Robert Ellis Dunn, undated series 3box 5folder 16
Residency - Dickinson, F & M, undated series 3box 5folder 17
Sketches Sherrod & Others, undated series 3box 5folder 18
Stephanie Skura, undated series 3box 5folder 19

Series 4: Grants and Fundraising, 1978-1992 and undated (1.0 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to grants both sought and received by Improvisations Unlimited, as well as the various fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors and of company members. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

Subseries 4.1: Grants, 1978-1992 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains grant applications to national, regional, and local organizations; related recommendations, company performance histories, and resumes of the companys director, Meriam Rosen; letters of award and of decline; and reports.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
NEA FY 1989, 1978-1988series 4.1box 6folder 1
NEA FY 1990, 1978-1988 and undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 2
PGAC FY 93, 1978-1992series 4.1box 6folder 3
NEA and NEH Past, 1979series 4.1box 6folder 4
MNC PPC Past Grants Submitted 4/84, 1980-1990series 4.1box 6folder 5
MSAC Guidelines & Panel Info., 1980-1988series 4.1box 6folder 6
Maryland State Arts Council Past, 1981-1987series 4.1box 6folder 7
P.G. Arts Council Correspondence, 1984series 4.1box 6folder 8
Prince George's Arts Council Past, 1984-1986series 4.1box 6folder 9
Fall File, 1986series 4.1box 6folder 10
NEA Grant FY 1988, 1986-1987series 4.1box 6folder 11
Maryland SAC FY 1988, 1987series 4.1box 6folder 12
Prince George's AC Grant FY 1988, 1987-1988series 4.1box 6folder 13
Maryland SAC Grant FY 1989, 1987-1989series 4.1box 6folder 14
Prince George's AC Grant FY 1989, 1988-1989series 4.1box 6folder 15
PGAC Grant FY 1990, 1989-1990series 4.1box 6folder 16
MSAC FY 1990, 1989-1991series 4.1box 7folder 1
MSAC FY 1991, 1990-1991series 4.1box 7folder 2
MSAC Grant FY 1992, 1990-1992series 4.1box 7folder 3
PGAC Grant FY 1992, 1991series 4.1box 7folder 4
MSAC Grant FY '93, 1992series 4.1box 7folder 5
[NEA FY 1993], 1992series 4.1box 7folder 6
PGAC Final Report,, 1992series 4.1box 7folder 7

Subseries 4.2: Fundraising, 1981-1992 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains the records of Improvisations Unlimited's various fundraising efforts, including formal annual benefits, the Friends of Improvisations Unlimited donor program, and smaller-scale initiatives like student rummage sales. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title. Researchers may also wish to consult Subseries 1.2 for information on the Board of Directors, which planned the annual benefits, and Series 2 for more information related to financial donations.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Rummage Sale, 1981-1984series 4.2box 7folder 8
Benefit, 1981-1985series 4.2box 7folder 9
Friends of I.U./ Correspondence, Records of Contribution, 1983-1988series 4.2box 7folder 10
[Board of Directors - Fundraising], 1985series 4.2box 7folder 11
[Mailing Information], 1985series 4.2box 7folder 12
F.I.U. Benefit Nov. 1986, 1985-1986series 4.2box 7folder 13
Benefit Records, 1985-1989series 4.2box 7folder 14
Old Benefit Invites, 1986series 4.2box 7folder 15
Benefit, May 15th, 1988series 4.2box 7folder 16
Benefit, May 7, 1989series 4.2box 7folder 17
More Benefit, May 7, 1989series 4.2box 7folder 18
Funders, V.I.P.s, Etc., 1992series 4.2box 7folder 19
Planning a Benefit, undatedseries 4.2box 7folder 20

Series 5: Works, 1978-1992 and undated (2.25 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to the works performed by Improvisations Unlimited throughout its duration. These works include formal performances as well as workshops conducted for children, students, community members, and other dancers. Materials include the records of these performances and workshops as well as programs, information on bookings, performance summaries, and some records pertaining to costumes, auditions, and the technical aspects of performance. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title. For additional pertinent materials, please see Subseries 4.3 of the Meriam Rosen Papers.

Subseries 5.1: Performances and Workshops, 1978-1992 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains materials related to specific works performed by Improvisations Unlimited, and materials related to workshops conducted by the company. Materials include programs, notes, reviews, correspondence, booking information, and audience feedback. Additional materials related to specific performances and workshops can be found in other series. Please check Subseries 5.2 for additional programs, Subseries 6.1 for performance reviews, Series 7.3 for performance photographs, and Series 8 for video recordings of performances and workshops. This series is arranged by performance or workshop and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Matter of Movement, 1978series 5.1box 8folder 1
Student Workshop Responses, 1979-1985series 5.1box 8folder 2
Teacher Guide, 1981series 5.1box 8folder 3
MNCPPC Theatre Workshop, 1981-1986series 5.1box 8folder 4
Arts Alive, 1981-1987series 5.1box 8folder 5
Arts Alive Letters, 1981-1987series 5.1box 8folder 6
Out of State/ Tour, 1982-1985series 5.1box 8folder 7
TRY IT Workshop, 1985-1986series 5.1box 8folder 8
Young Audiences, D.C., 1985-1986series 5.1box 8folder 9
Dance Place, 1985-1987series 5.1box 8folder 10
Publick Playhouse, 1986series 5.1box 8folder 11
Mount Vernon College, 1986-1987series 5.1box 8folder 12
St. Mary's, 1986-1987series 5.1box 8folder 13
Academy of the Arts, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 14
AiE, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 15
December EE Studio, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 16
Easton, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 17
EE Studio March, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 18
Kennedy Center Open House Oct., 1987series 5.1box 8folder 19
Kinetics, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 20
Mt. Vernon, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 21
New York B. Blossom, Nov., 1987series 5.1box 8folder 22
New York Bev. Blossom, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 23
University of Virginia, 1987series 5.1box 8folder 24
University of Virginia Nov., 1987series 5.1box 8folder 25
Virginia Commonwealth Nov., 1987series 5.1box 8folder 26
Kennedy Center Open House, 1987-1988series 5.1box 9folder 1
Longwood College, 1987-1988series 5.1box 9folder 2
University of Richmond, 1987-1988series 5.1box 9folder 3
Best of Maryland April, 1988series 5.1box 9folder 4
Choreographers Showcase Feb., 1988series 5.1box 9folder 5
EE Studio Nov./ Dec., 1988series 5.1box 9folder 6
Informal Performance UMCP May 5, 1988series 5.1box 9folder 7
Kennedy Center Sept. 25, 1988series 5.1box 9folder 8
March Concert EE Studio, 1988series 5.1box 9folder 9
Student Entertainment UMCP, 1988series 5.1box 9folder 10
EE Concert Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 1988-1989series 5.1box 9folder 11
Kennedy Center [and Dance Place], 1988-1989series 5.1box 9folder 12
Georgetown Day School Sept. 1990, 1988-1990series 5.1box 9folder 13
Allegany Community College Nov. 12, 1988, 1988-1991series 5.1box 9folder 14
Baltimore Museum of Art, 1989series 5.1box 9folder 15
Calvert County Schools, 1989series 5.1box 9folder 16
EE Studio March, 1989series 5.1box 9folder 17
Mt. Vernon April, 1989series 5.1box 9folder 18
Slippery Rock Univ. Nov., 1989series 5.1box 9folder 19
TRY IT Informal April 6, 1989series 5.1box 9folder 20
Univ. of Richmond January, 1989series 5.1box 9folder 21
Bannockburn School May 21, 1990series 5.1box 9folder 22
EE Concert Oct./ Nov., 1990series 5.1box 9folder 23
Georgetown Day School April 12, 1990series 5.1box 9folder 24
Kettering School, 1990series 5.1box 9folder 25
Mt. Vernon, 1990series 5.1box 9folder 26
Children Perf./ Nov. 10, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 27
Children's Programs, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 28
EE Concert March 5-9, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 29
Highpoint High School May 21, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 30
Invites, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 31
Just Improv, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 32
Kennedy Center Sept. 15, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 33
MNCPPC Special Project, 1991series 5.1box 9folder 34
Publick Playhouse Children's Perf., April 15 & 16, 1992, 1991series 5.1box 10folder 1
TRY IT March 14, 1991series 5.1box 10folder 2
TRY IT Dec. 5, 1991series 5.1box 10folder 3
Wheatley/ Special Ed. Project, 1991series 5.1box 10folder 4
Colloquium/ Performance April 30, 1992/ NY Rutgers, 1992series 5.1box 10folder 5
March Perf. 25-28, 1992series 5.1box 10folder 6
Children's Performance, undatedseries 5.1box 10folder 7
Children's Perf. February 24 2:00PM UMCP, undatedseries 5.1box 10folder 8
Children's Program, undatedseries 5.1box 10folder 9
Children's Tales, undatedseries 5.1box 10folder 10
[I.U. Children's Show and Improvisations Unlimited Performance], undatedseries 5.1box 10folder 11
[Revolutions in Space], undatedseries 5.1box 10folder 12

Subseries 5.2: Programs, 1978-1991 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains Improvisations Unlimited programs. They represent performances and workshops conducted both at the University of Maryland and elsewhere. Many of these programs are also housed with related performance materials in Subseries 5.1. Programs are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs Early Times, 1978-1989 and undatedseries 5.2box 10folder 13
Advertisements and Programs [and Articles], 1981-1991series 5.2box 10folder 14
Programs Middle Ages, 1983-1986series 5.2box 10folder 15
Programs Recent, 1984-1991 and undatedseries 5.2box 10folder 16

Subseries 5.3: Bookings, 1978-1992 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains the performance and workshop booking records of Improvisations Unlimited. Documents include bookings correspondence, company calendars, performance solicitations, bookings contracts, and information on performance and workshop venues. Materials are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bookings A-C, 1978-1986series 5.3box 11folder 1
Bookings D-J, 1981-1987series 5.3box 11folder 2
Bookings K-N, 1980-1987series 5.3box 11folder 3
Bookings O-S, 1983-1986series 5.3box 11folder 4
Bookings T-Z, 1982-1987series 5.3box 11folder 5
To Do Bookings, 1983-1988series 5.3box 11folder 6
Calendars, 1984-1992series 5.3box 11folder 7
Form Letters - Bookings, 1986series 5.3box 11folder 8
Bookings, 1989-1992series 5.3box 11folder 9

Subseries 5.4: Other Performance Materials, 1978-1992 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains performance-related materials, including information on costumes, auditions, and a guide to the company's technical requirements. A summary of performances may also be found in this series.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Summary of Performances], 1978-1992series 5.4box 12folder 1
General Costume - Sweats, Sneaks, Overalls, Hats, Rentals, 1980-1988series 5.4box 12folder 2
[Other Performance Materials], 1991-1992 and undatedseries 5.4box 12folder 3
Auditions, undatedseries 5.4box 12folder 4
Tech Questionnaire/ Guide, undatedseries 5.4box 12folder 5

Series 6: Press and Publicity, 1977-1992 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains press and publicity materials related to Improvisations Unlimited, documenting the duration of the company's existence. Materials include performance and workshop reviews, articles, and other newspaper clippings; press releases and public service announcements generated by Improvisations Unlimited; and flyers, brochures, and posters used for advertising the company and its activities. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title. For additional pertinent press and publicity materials, please see Subseries 4.3 of the Meriam Rosen Papers.

Subseries 6.1: Reviews and Clippings, 1977-1992 (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains reviews, clippings, and articles related to Improvisations Unlimited performances, workshops, choreographers, and visiting artists. Most materials are from newspapers, although there are some magazine and other publication materials represented. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Miscellaneous Reviews], 1977-1986series 6.1box 12folder 6
Clips, 1980-1984series 6.1box 12folder 7
Performance - General, 1984-1985series 6.1box 12folder 8
Reviews, 1984-1985series 6.1box 12folder 9
Publicity, 1984-1988series 6.1box 12folder 10
Clips, 1985series 6.1box 12folder 11
[Clips], 1986series 6.1box 12folder 12
Clips, 1986series 6.1box 12folder 13
Copies of Reviews, 1986-1989series 6.1box 13folder 1
Reviews, 1987series 6.1box 13folder 2
Clips, 1987series 6.1box 13folder 3
Clips, 1988series 6.1box 13folder 4
Reviews, 1988series 6.1box 13folder 5
Clips, 1989series 6.1box 13folder 6
Reviews, 1989series 6.1box 13folder 7
Clips, 1990series 6.1box 13folder 8
Clips, 1991series 6.1box 13folder 9
Clips, 1991-1992series 6.1box 13folder 10

Subseries 6.2: Press, 1979-1992 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains press releases, public service announcements, and press packets related to Improvisations Unlimited. Most materials were generated by Improvisations Unlimited for distribution to local media, and concern upcoming performances, workshops, or other events. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Press Releases Past, 1979-1986series 6.2box 13folder 11
PSA Past, 1980-1987series 6.2box 13folder 12
Non-Print Media List "Shows", 1986series 6.2box 13folder 13
PSA TV and Radio, 1986series 6.2box 13folder 14
Critics, 1987series 6.2box 13folder 15
Press Packets Recent, 1987 and undatedseries 6.2box 14folder 1
Press Releases, 1987series 6.2box 14folder 2
PSA, 1987series 6.2box 14folder 3
Press Releases, 1988series 6.2box 14folder 4
PSA, 1988series 6.2box 14folder 5
Press Releases, 1989series 6.2box 14folder 6
Press Releases, 1990series 6.2box 14folder 7
Calendar Listings, 1991series 6.2box 14folder 8
Press Releases, 1991series 6.2box 14folder 9
PSA, 1992series 6.2box 14folder 10
News Rel. & PSA - How To, undatedseries 6.2box 14folder 11
Old Press Packet, undatedseries 6.2box 14folder 12
Packets & Reviews, undatedseries 6.2box 14folder 13

Subseries 6.3: Flyers, Brochures, Posters, 1979-1988 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains flyers, brochures, and posters created by Improvisations Unlimited for publicity purposes. Materials advertise particular productions and workshops as well as the company itself. This series contains oversized posters. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Brochures/ Past & Pres., 1979-1985series 6.3box 14folder 14
New Brochure - Main & Children, 1985 and undatedseries 6.3box 14folder 15
Artwork, undatedseries 6.3box 14folder 16
Logos & Stuff, undatedseries 6.3box 14folder 17
Old Flyers, Etc. - Samples, Artwork, undatedseries 6.3box 14folder 18
Charlie Vernon Performance Co. with Improvisations Unlimited, February 10-12, 1983 - Poster (oversized (drawer HH1-12)), 1983series 6.3box 14folder 19
Improvisations Unlimited - 10 years, 1978-1988 - Poster (oversized (drawer HH1-12)), 1988series 6.3box 14folder 20
10 years March 5, 1988 We Love U - Sign (oversized (drawer HH1-1)), 1988series 6.3box 14folder 21

Series 7: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1978-1992 and undated (2.25 linear feet)

This series contains loose photographs, slides, and negatives, as well as a disassembled photograph binder and two disassembled scrapbooks. Photographs document Improvisations Unlimited performances, workshops, and rehearsals as well as visiting artists and other artistic collaborators. The scrapbooks document the company's history from 1978-1984 through photographs, clippings, and other artwork. Materials are arranged chronologically. When dates are not available, materials are arranged alphabetically according to original folder title. Researchers should also consult Subseries 9.4 of the Meriam Rosen Papers for additional relevant photographs.

Subseries 7.1: Disassembled Photograph Binder, 1985-1989 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries is comprised of one disassembled photograph binder, comprised of photograph proof sheets and negatives, most of which are of performances, pre-performance staging rehearsals, and workshops.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Proofs and Negatives], 1984series 7.1box 15folder 1
12/6/85 UMD Dancers - G-town Day School [Proofs and Negatives], 1985series 7.1box 15folder 2
[Proofs and Negatives], 1986series 7.1box 15folder 3
[4/14/1987 Proofs and Negatives], 1987series 7.1box 15folder 4
[Proofs], 1988series 7.1box 15folder 5
[3/1/1988 Proofs and Negatives], 1988series 7.1box 15folder 6
[Proofs], 1989series 7.1box 15folder 7
[Circa Mid-1980s], undatedseries 7.1box 15folder 8

Subseries 7.2: Disassembled Scrapbooks, 1978-1984 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries is comprised of the contents of two disassembled scrapbooks. While there are some photographs within the scrapbooks, the materials consist largely of newspaper clippings, clippings of artwork created for flyers, programs, and other promotional materials. One scrapbook presents yearly overviews, the other does not. Materials are arranged according to original scrapbook order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Disassembled Scrapbook 1 - Copies], 1978-1984series 7.2box 15folder 9
[Disassembled Scrapbook 1 - Originals], 1978-1984series 7.2box 15folder 10
[Disassembled Scrapbook 2], undatedseries 7.2box 15folder 11

Subseries 7.3: Works, 1978 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs, negatives, and slides of Improvisations Unlimited performances and workshops. The individuals in many of the photographs are identified in accompany notes. Materials are arranged alphabetically by the name of the work.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
1st Company at Classic Clothing Warehouse - Benning Road, SE, 1978series 7.3box 16folder 1
1st Company Georgetown/ Canal, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 2
1st Company at Torpedo Factory - Old Town, VA, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 3
1st Company Visitors' Center, Union Station, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 4
Brides by Beverly Blossom, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 5
Children's Programs [1], undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 6
Children's Programs [2], undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 7
Dreamcatchers, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 8
Edgewise by Wendy Woodson, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 9
Endgame, undatedseries 7.3box 16folder 10
Fierce Attachments, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 1
Flower Field, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 2
Good Times by Robert Small, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 3
Images of Chaos, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 4
I Will Not Be Sad in this World by Ping Chong, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 5
Looking Back by Meriam Rosen, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 6
Night, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 7
Out of Bounds, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 8
Paper Dance by Kei Takei, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 9
Passage by Robert Ellis Dunn & M. Rosen, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 10
The Process, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 11
Publicity Card/ Dogmas, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 12
So Long, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 13
Some Occasions, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 14
So Random, So Rare by Stephanie Skura, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 15
Special Center Pilot Project, undatedseries 7.3box 17folder 16
Split Seconds by Wendy Woodson, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 1
Three Times, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 2
Unfinished Business, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 3
Vestiges, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 4
Weather Watch, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 5
Where Now When Now by Don Redlich, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 6
Zen Pins, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 7

Subseries 7.4: People, circa 1982-1984 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of visiting artists and choreographers who collaborated with Improvisations Unlimited. Many of these photographs were removed from the artists' press packets, which can be found in Series 3. Materials are arranged alphabetically by artist name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Graceann Adamo], undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 8
Beverly Blossom, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 9
Bridgman/Packer, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 10
Jeff Duncan, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 11
Sara and Jerry Pearson - From Press Packet, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 12
Don Redlich, 1983-1984 and undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 13
Stephanie Skura, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 14
Robert Small, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 15
Kei Takei, circa 1982series 7.4box 18folder 16
Charlie Vernon, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 17
Dan Wagoner, undatedseries 7.4box 18folder 18

Subseries 7.5: Unidentified Photographs and Other Materials, 1979-1992 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains unidentified performance and rehearsal photographs, contact sheets, slides, and negatives, as well as information on photography and photographic services and non-performance materials from a university visit. Materials are arranged chronologically and by original folder title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Photography Information], 1979 and undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 1
Photo - Contact Sheets, 1986series 7.5box 19folder 2
Photo Places, 1987series 7.5box 19folder 3
[Contact Sheets], 1991series 7.5box 19folder 4
[Contact Sheets], 1992series 7.5box 19folder 5
Misc. [Unidentified Performance-Related], undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 6
Negatives, undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 7
[Other - Miscellaneous], undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 8
Overnight Studio Housing - VCU (Photos by Chris Rhinehart), undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 9
[Photographs - Unidentified Works], undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 10
Photos, undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 11
Rehearsals, undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 12
Slides [Unidentified Works], undatedseries 7.5box 19folder 13

Series 8: Media, 1981-1982 and undated (videos); 1997 and undated (6.0 linear feet)

This series consists of 183 performance and workshop video tapes and one reel-to-reel film. Videos are arranged according to a catalogue produced by Improvisations Unlimited. The print catalogue is housed in this series, as are materials related to the transfer of performance video tapes to the New York Public Library. Most of the videos that can be found in the New York Public Library collection are represented in this series. For a complete listing, please contact the curator for access to the Improvisations Unlimited Media Database.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Improvisations Unlimited Videos - Correspondence with New York Public Library], 1997 series 8box 19folder 14
Catalogue of Dances, undated series 8box 19folder 15
Videos (Please contact the curator to access the Media Database.) series 8box 20folder 1
Videos (Please contact the curator to access the Media Database.) series 8box 21folder 1
Videos (Please contact the curator to access the Media Database.) series 8box 22folder 1
Videos (Please contact the curator to access the Media Database.) series 8box 23folder 1

Related Material

Researchers should also consult the Meriam Rosen Papers, which contains important materials related to Improvisations Unlimited. See particularly Subseries 4.3, which contains administrative records, programs, publicity materials, reviews, sketches, and information on alumni; and Subseries 9.4, which contains photographs of Improvisations Unlimited performances and workshops. Videos that were originally part of the Meriam Rosen Papers, but that clearly pertain to Improvisations Unlimited, have been transferred to the Improvisations Unlimited Collection.

The Meriam Rosen Papers consists primarily of Rosen's personal and professional papers, much of which relates to the University of Maryland and to Rosen's work as a choreographer.

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