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Meriam Rosen Papers

Abstract

Title:
Meriam Rosen Papers
Author/Creator:
Rosen, Meriam
Collection number:
09-06-Rosen
Size:
10.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1956-2008
Inclusive dates:
1942-2009
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:

A choreographer, dancer, and professor, Meriam Levine Rosen (born 1927) taught modern dance at the University of Maryland from 1954 until her retirement in 2009. An active participant in the Washington, D.C.-area performing arts community, Rosen founded and directed Improvisations Unlimited, a university-based improvisational dance company; conducted and participated in workshops, festivals, and master classes; choreographed works performed by dancers both in the United States and abroad; and helped establish the University of Maryland's Department of Dance. The collection consists of materials related to Rosen's career as a dancer, choreographer, and professor, including correspondence, awards and certificates, University of Maryland Department of Dance materials, performance programs and related publicity materials, grant applications, articles and reviews, photographs, video tapes, audio cassettes, and CDs.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are some restricted items in this collection. All restricted items have been moved to Box 18; facsimiles with sensitive material redacted are integrated into the rest of the collection.

Preferred citation:

Meriam Rosen Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/10731
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

Meriam "Mim" Rosen is a modern dance choreographer and Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, College Park. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 27, 1927, Rosen (née Levine) studied ballet until entering the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The university did not offer ballet classes, so she began studying modern dance. She graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in physical education and a minor in dance. Rosen remained in Illinois until 1953, where she taught dance at the affiliated University High School.

In 1954, she began working at the University of Maryland, College Park as a modern dance instructor. In 1955, Rosen left the university and joined the staff of Mount Vernon Junior College in Washington, D.C., where she was Instructor of Dance and Head of Physical Education. She remained at Mount Vernon until 1961. In 1962, she returned to the University of Maryland as Guest Lecturer and Acting Head of the Dance Program within the Department of Physical Education. In 1965, she received an M.A. in Theater from the university, focusing on modern dance. When the Department of Dance was created in 1967, Rosen was promoted to Assistant Professor. She served as Acting Chair of the department from 1969 to 1970, and in 1988 she became a full professor.

In addition to her university training, Rosen's career as a dancer was cultivated at the Humphrey-Weidman Studio in New York, under Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, and at the Connecticut College School for the Dance, under Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, José Límon, and Louis Horst. In 1956, she and three other dancers founded Dance Quartet, for which she both danced and choreographed; one of the company's goals was to make modern dance accessible within schools and colleges. She also performed with the Ethel Butler Studio.

As a choreographer, Rosen explored improvisational dance in addition to more traditional modern dance technique. In 1978, Rosen founded Improvisations Unlimited, a university-based company that performed extensively and conducted workshops for dancers and community members until its dissolution in 1992. In recognition of her contributions to the modern dance community, Rosen was awarded the Pola Nirenska Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004 by the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Maryland Council for Dance Award for Outstanding Service to Dance in 2007, and the Dance Place Dance Educators Award, also in 2007. Rosen, currently Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, retired in 2009.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Meriam Rosen Papers cover the period from 1942 to 2009; the bulk of the materials date from 1956 to 2008. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, awards and certificates, University of Maryland Department of Dance materials, performance programs and related publicity materials, grant applications, articles and reviews, photographs, video tapes, audio cassettes, and CDs. Materials pertain to Meriam Rosen's career as a dancer, choreographer, and professor, including her work at the University of Illinois, Mount Vernon Junior College, and the University of Maryland; with the Improvisations Unlimited dance company; as a leader and participant in local, regional, and national festivals and workshops; and as a an active artist within the Washington, D.C. area.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Meriam Rosen, received in five shipments from 2008 to 2009. Some materials have been transferred to the Improvisations Unlimited Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Cassandra N. Berman.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, October 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal, 1945-2008 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains Meriam Rosen's personal materials, including records, clippings, correspondence, writing, and awards. While many of these documents reflect Rosen's professional career, they are primarily related to her life as an individual, rather than her life as a faculty member or company director. Other useful personal records may be found in other series, such as resumes integrated into grant applications in Series 6. Materials are arranged first by subject, then by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Education, 1945-2008 and undated series 1box 1folder 1
Writing, 1963-1975 and undated series 1box 1folder 2
Resumes and Dossier, 1964-1990 series 1box 1folder 3
Organizational Memberships and Service, 1975-2007 series 1box 1folder 4
Certificates and Awards (Note: Also see Oversized Materials, housed separately in Box 19.), 1949-2007 series 1box 1folder 5
Personal Clippings, 1947-1957 series 1box 1folder 6
Personal Correspondence (Note: See Oversized Materials, housed separately in Box 19.), 1969-2008 and undated series 1box 1folder 7
Decorations, undated series 1box 1folder 8
Certificates and Awards, 1949-2007 series 1box 19folder 1
Decorations, undated series 1box 19folder 2

Series 2: University of Maryland, 1956-2009 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains materials related to the University of Maryland and to Meriam Rosen's tenure there. Rosen began her career at the university as Special Lecturer and Instructor in the Department of Physical Education (1962-1967), became Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance in 1967, and was promoted to full Professor in 1988. She served as Acting Chair of the Department of Dance (1969-1970) and Coordinator of the Visiting Artists Program; this series contains materials related to these different roles, as well as materials related to the Department of Dance, the Visiting Artists Program, and other university materials. This series has been divided into four subseries, which are arranged by subject, then by date.

Subseries 2.1: Department of Dance, 1956-2006 and undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains records related to and produced by the Department of Dance, and materials pertaining to Rosen's tenure within it. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Department Materials, 1956-1987 and undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 1
Correspondence, 1956-2001series 2.1box 2folder 2
Rosen Promotions, 1980-1986series 2.1box 2folder 3
Rosen Sabbatical, 1979-2006series 2.1box 2folder 4

Subseries 2.2: Courses, 1958-1992 and undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains lecture notes, syllabi, and readings related to Rosen's courses at the university, as well as student papers. The materials are arranged by subject and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Dance History, undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 1
Ritual in Life and Dance, undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 2
Representations of Women in Dance, 1991-1992series 2.2box 2folder 3
Other Courses, 1958-1981 and undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 4

Subseries 2.3: Residencies and Visiting Artists Program, 1958-2009 and undated (13 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to choreographers' participation in the Department of Dance's Residencies and Visiting Artists Program, including student audition materials, rehearsal notes, performance programs, and student assessments. (For artistic collaborations that occurred outside of the Residencies and Visiting Artists Program, see Series 3.) This subseries is arranged by artist and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Lucas Hoving, 1958series 2.3box 3folder 1
Kei Takei, 1981series 2.3box 3folder 2
Chris Rhinehart, 1981-1982series 2.3box 3folder 3
Visiting Artists Performance Workshop, 1996series 2.3box 3folder 4
Joe Goode, 1996-2006series 2.3box 3folder 5
Ed Tyler, 1996-2006series 2.3box 3folder 6
Terry Creach, 1998-1999series 2.3box 3folder 7
Mark Haim, 1999-2002series 2.3box 3folder 8
Gesel Mason, 2000-2001series 2.3box 3folder 9
Pearson/Widrig, 2000-2001series 2.3box 3folder 10
Tere OConnor, 2008series 2.3box 3folder 11
Victoria Marks, 2009series 2.3box 3folder 12
John Jaspers and Donna Uchizono, undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 13

Subseries 2.4: Other University of Maryland Materials, 1979-2002 (3 folders)

This subseries contains records related to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, home to the Department of Dance since 2000, and to the university libraries. Also included is paper ephemera related to the university and the Department of Dance. Materials are arranged by subject and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 1996-2001series 2.4box 3folder 14
Libraries, 2000-2002series 2.4box 3folder 15
Paper Ephemera (Note: These materials were recycled, used as scrap papers for pasting clippings.), 1979-1989series 2.4box 3folder 16

Series 3: Artistic Collaborations, 1942-2009 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to Rosen's artistic collaborations outside of the Visiting Artists Program (for these materials, see Subseries 2.3, University of Maryland Residencies and Visiting Artists Program). Materials are arranged chronologically by person or event.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Ethel Butler, 1942-1968 and undated series 3box 4folder 1
Louis Horst, 1953-1963 and undated series 3box 4folder 2
Dorothy Madden, 1957-2009 series 3box 4folder 3
Kei Takei, 1980-2000 series 3box 4folder 4
Bob Gibson, 1984 series 3box 4folder 5
Collaboration with Opera Savage Land, 1991-1992 series 3box 4folder 6

Series 4: Companies, circa 1957-2008 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to dance companies in which Rosen danced, or for which Rosen directed and choreographed, including programs and publicity materials, reviews, correspondence, and notes. For photographs related to these companies and their performances, please see Series 10. For more on Improvisations Unlimited, please see the Improvisations Unlimited Collection. This series has been divided into three subseries, which are arranged by subject and by date.

Subseries 4.1: Dance Quartet, 1957-1961 and undated (3 folders)

This subseries is comprised of materials related to Dance Quartet, a modern dance company comprised of Rosen, Virginia Freeman, William Hug, and Patricia Wityk. Members both danced and choreographed for the company. This subseries is arranged by subject and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs and Publicity Materials, 1957-1960series 4.1box 5folder 1
Articles, Reviews, Clippings, 1957-1961series 4.1box 5folder 2
Rehearsal Notes, undatedseries 4.1box 5folder 3

Subseries 4.2: Dance/Theater Works, 1986-1990 (2 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to Dance/Theater Works. Founded in 1979, this was a loosely organized "pick-up" company that performed Rosen's works, primarily outside the University of Maryland community. It is arranged by subject and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence and Company Information, 1986-1990series 4.2box 5folder 4
Programs and Publicity Materials, 1986-1990series 4.2box 5folder 5

Subseries 4.3: Improvisations Unlimited, circa 1978-2008 and undated (6 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to Improvisations Unlimited, a University of Maryland-based company founded by Rosen in 1978. Rosen also served as its director and choreographer until the company disbanded in 1992. Researchers should be sure to consult the Improvisations Unlimited Collection, which contains the bulk of materials related to the company. Materials within this collection were included in Rosen's personal papers. This subseries is arranged by subject and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Company Information, circa 1978, 1992series 4.3box 5folder 6
Programs, 1982-1992series 4.3box 5folder 7
Publicity Materials, undatedseries 4.3box 5folder 8
Sketches, 1982series 4.3box 5folder 9
Articles, Reviews, Clippings, 1978-1989series 4.3box 5folder 10
Alumni, 2005-2008 and undatedseries 4.3box 5folder 11

Series 5: Festivals, Workshops, Master Classes, 1955-2007 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains documents related to festivals, workshops, and master classes in which Rosen participated as a choreographer, teacher, or coordinator, or in which University of Maryland students or Rosen's companies participated. Materials in this series pertain to local, state, regional, national, and international festivals, workshops, and master classes. Many of the organizations also awarded grants; please see Series 6 for additional information. For photographs, please Series 10. This subseries has been divided into two subseries, which are arranged by festival and by date.

Subseries 5.1: Festivals, 1955-2007 and undated (6 folders)

This subseries is made up of materials related to festivals in which Rosen, her students, or her companies participated. It is arranged by festival and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Dance Festival, 1955-1982series 5.1box 6folder 1
CityDance/Washington Performing Arts Society, 1979-1988series 5.1box 6folder 2
Dance '83, 1983series 5.1box 6folder 3
American College Dance Festival Association/Mid-Atlantic Regional Dance Festival, 1983-2001series 5.1box 6folder 4
Choreographers' Showcase, 1985-2002 and undatedseries 5.1box 6folder 5
Maryland Council for Dance State Festival, 1991-2007 and undatedseries 5.1box 6folder 6
National College Choreography Initiative/Dance USA, 2002-2006series 5.1box 6folder 7

Subseries 5.2: Workshops/Master Classes, 1968-1996 and undated (8 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to workshops and master classes (including residencies) in which Rosen, her students, or her companies participated. It is arranged by workshop/master class and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Workshops Other, 1973-1985series 5.2box 6folder 8
Lafayette School Third Grade Improvisation Workshop, 1968series 5.2box 6folder 8
Metropolitan Association of Dance, 1973series 5.2box 6folder 9
Center for Contemporary Dance, 1978 and undatedseries 5.2box 6folder 10
University High School at University of Illinois Demonstration, 1984-1985series 5.2box 6folder 11
Duke University Residency, 1992-1993series 5.2box 6folder 12
T Junction Workshop (in Vienna), 1992-1993 and undatedseries 5.2box 6folder 13
University of Maryland Technology Conference, 1996series 5.2box 6folder 14

Series 6: Grants, 1967-2006 (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains documents pertaining to grants awarded to Rosen throughout her career by the University of Maryland and by state and national organizations. Applications, award letters, recommendations, and resumes are included among the materials. Some documents contain restricted information; the original documents have been removed, and facsimiles with the restricted information redacted take their places. This series is arranged by organization and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Grants (1 of 2), 1967-1994 series 6box 7folder 1
University of Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Grants (2 of 2), 1994-2005 series 6box 7folder 2
Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1980-1982 series 6box 7folder 3
National Endowment for the Arts Grants, 1984-1992 series 6box 7folder 4
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants, 1985-1992 series 6box 7folder 5
National College Choreography Initiative/Doug Varone, 2002 series 6box 7folder 6
Artist Fellowship Program, 2003 series 6box 7folder 7
National College Choreography Initiative/Mark Haim, 2005-2006 series 6box 7folder 8
American Masterpieces Dance Grant, undated series 6box 7folder 9
Grant Application Materials Other, undated series 6box 7folder 10

Series 7: Works, 1959-2008 and undated (1.50 linear feet)

This series is comprised of materials related to works choreographed by Rosen or performed by Rosen's students, her companies, or by other artists with whom Rosen had significant ties. Many of these materials relate to the performing arts at the University of Maryland. This series has been divided into three subseries, which are arranged chronologically.

Subseries 7.1: University of Maryland, 1959-2008 and undated (5 folders)

This subseries contains programs and publicity materials related to performances by University of Maryland students or held at the University of Maryland. While most performances were by students in the Department of Dance, other departmentsincluding the Department of Theater and the Department of Musicare represented, as Rosen occasionally collaborated with them. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs (1 of 4), 1959-1987series 7.1box 8folder 1
Programs (2 of 4), 1987-2003series 7.1box 8folder 2
Programs (3 of 4), 2004-2008series 7.1box 8folder 3
Programs (4 of 4), undatedseries 7.1box 8folder 4
Promotional Materials, 1963-2008 and undatedseries 7.1box 8folder 5

Subseries 7.2: Non-University of Maryland, 1965-2001 and undated (3 folders)

This series contains programs and publicity materials of performances not related to the University of Maryland, though many are related to Rosen's choreography. Other materials are related to performances by former students, performances featuring the work of choreographers and dancers with whom Rosen had artistic relationships, or performances held in the Washington, D.C. area. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs (1 of 2), 1965-1989series 7.2box 9folder 1
Programs (2 of 2), 1990-2001 and undatedseries 7.2box 9folder 2
Promotional Materials, 1980-2000 and undatedseries 7.2box 9folder 3

Subseries 7.3: Performances, 1968-2007 and undated (40 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to specific works choreographed by Rosen, including programs, notes, costume and set sketches, and reviews. This material was organized by Rosen to reflect each work; please check Subseries 7.2 and 7.3 for additional programs and publicity materials, Series 8 for articles, reviews, and clippings, Series 9 for performance photographs, and Series 10 for music used in performances. This subseries is arranged by subject or work and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Separations/Random Refractions, 1968series 7.3box 10folder 1
Dance Marathon, 1969series 7.3box 10folder 2
Peer Gynt (University Theatre), 1975series 7.3box 10folder 3
Past and Present, Imperfect, 1976series 7.3box 10folder 4
Party of Six, 1977-1979series 7.3box 10folder 5
Transparencies, 1978series 7.3box 10folder 6
Waiting, 1978-1980series 7.3box 10folder 7
Seven Dances Dance Concert, 1980series 7.3box 10folder 8
Dance Concert '81, 1981series 7.3box 10folder 9
Images/Larry Moss, 1982series 7.3box 10folder 10
Unfinished Business, 1982series 7.3box 10folder 11
Heavy Air/Endless Passage, 1982-2000series 7.3box 10folder 12
Trio, 1983-1984series 7.3box 10folder 13
Thaw, 1984-1986series 7.3box 10folder 14
Afterthoughts, 1984-1989series 7.3box 10folder 15
Faculty Dance: In Concert/Towers, 1986series 7.3box 10folder 16
Ancestral Memories (Including JMU Residency), 1986-1989series 7.3box 10folder 17
Impressiones Intimas, 1987series 7.3box 10folder 18
New Dance-New Music (with Leonard Moses), 1987series 7.3box 10folder 19
L'Histoire du Soldat (Maryland Twentieth Century Ensemble), 1988series 7.3box 10folder 20
Looking Back, 1988series 7.3box 10folder 21
Kennedy Center Performances, 1988-2007series 7.3box 10folder 22
Perlimplin (Maryland Opera Studio), 1989series 7.3box 10folder 23
Fierce Attachments, 1989-1996series 7.3box 10folder 24
Schizophrenic Girl, 1990series 7.3box 10folder 25
Remains, 1993series 7.3box 10folder 26
Remember, 1993-1995series 7.3box 10folder 27
Considering Ground, 1994series 7.3box 11folder 1
Small Disturbances, 1995-1996series 7.3box 11folder 2
Travelers at the Gate, 1996-1997series 7.3box 11folder 3
After the Rain, Quiet, 1996-1998series 7.3box 11folder 4
Departures, 1999series 7.3box 11folder 5
Locked In/Bob & Bob, 1999series 7.3box 11folder 6
Two, Sometimes Together (Duet/Bach), 1999series 7.3box 11folder 7
Things Fall Apart/Relentless Memory, 2000-2001series 7.3box 11folder 8
Anima, 2004series 7.3box 11folder 9
How Long Brethren? (1 of 2), 2007series 7.3box 11folder 10
How Long Brethren? (2 of 2), 2007series 7.3box 11folder 11
Veiled Gathering, undatedseries 7.3box 11folder 12
Unidentified Performance Materials, undatedseries 7.3box 11folder 13

Series 8: Articles, Reviews, Clippings, 1961-1999 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains newspaper and magazine articles, articles from university publications, newspaper reviews by arts critics, and newspaper and magazine clippings, all related to Rosen's works or works by colleagues. This series is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles, Reviews, Clippings (1 of 4), 1961-1980 series 8box 12folder 1
Articles, Reviews, Clippings (2 of 4), 1981-1987 series 8box 12folder 2
Articles, Reviews, Clippings (3 of 4), 1988-1992 series 8box 12folder 3
Articles, Reviews, Clippings (4 of 4), 1993-1999 and undated series 8box 12folder 4

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1965-2007 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains all photographs in the collection, which were removed from other series for preservation purposes. It has been divided into six subseries.

Subseries 9.1: People, 1980-1985 and undated (14 folders)

This subseries contains photographs featuring people with whom Rosen collaborated, as well as those with whom she had personal and professional relationships. This series is arranged alphabetically, which are arranged chronologically by subject when dates are known, alphabetically when not.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Ethel Butler, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 1
David Freivogel, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 2
Louis Horst, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 3
Dorothy Madden (Reunion), undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 4
Virginia Mason, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 5
Douglas Nielsen, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 6
Don Redlich, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 7
Kenneth Rinker, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 8
Meriam Rosen (with Unidentified Colleagues), undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 9
Kei Takei, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 10
Darryl Thomas, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 11
Ed Tyler, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 12
Dan Wagoner, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 13
Charles Weidman, undatedseries 9.1box 13folder 14

Subseries 9.2: Workshops and Festivals, 1956-circa 2000s (5 folders)

This subseries contains photographs taken during workshops and festivals in which Rosen was a participant. The corresponding records of these workshops can be found in Series 5. This subseries is arranged by festival and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Dance Festival, 1956-circa 1980sseries 9.2box 13folder 15
Lafayette School Workshop Third Grade Improvisation Workshop, 1978-1979series 9.2box 13folder 16
Improvisation Workshop at Hampshire College, 1978-1979series 9.2box 13folder 17
American College Dance Festival Association, 1990-circa 2000sseries 9.2box 13folder 18
T Junction Workshop (in Vienna), 1992series 9.2box 13folder 19

Subseries 9.3: Works, 1968-2002 and undated (31 folders)

This subseries is comprised of photographs of Rosen's choreographed works. Other documents relating to these works are located in Series 7. It is arranged by work and by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Separations, 1968series 9.3box 13folder 20
Past and Present, Imperfect Primitive, 1976series 9.3box 13folder 21
Past and Present, Imperfect Egyptian, 1976series 9.3box 13folder 22
Past and Present, Imperfect The Choros, 1976series 9.3box 13folder 23
Past and Present, Imperfect Medieval, 1976series 9.3box 13folder 24
Past and Present, Imperfect Victorian, 1976series 9.3box 13folder 25
Past and Present, Imperfect The 60s, 1976series 9.3box 13folder 26
Waiting, circa 1978-1980series 9.3box 13folder 27
Three Times, 1979series 9.3box 13folder 28
Washington Performing Arts Concert, 1979series 9.3box 13folder 29
Seven Dances, 1980series 9.3box 13folder 30
Towers/Vestiges/Unfinished Business, 1980series 9.3box 13folder 31
Party of Six, 1981series 9.3box 13folder 32
Night, 1983series 9.3box 13folder 33
Afterthoughts, 1984-1989series 9.3box 14folder 1
Unidentified Negatives and Photograph Strips, 1985-1988series 9.3box 14folder 2
Ancestral Memories, 1986-1989series 9.3box 14folder 3
Sighting the Deer, 1990series 9.3box 14folder 4
Small Disturbances, 1995-1996series 9.3box 14folder 5
Departures, 2001series 9.3box 14folder 6
Harmonica Breakdown, 2002series 9.3box 14folder 7
Slow Walk, 2002series 9.3box 14folder 8
Improvisation Performance in Georgetown, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 9
Off with their Heads!, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 10
Old Photographs, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 11
Old Photographs (Slides Only), undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 12
Patchwork, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 13
Touches and Greens, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 14
Unidentified Rehearsal Photographs, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 15
Unidentified Performance Photographs, undatedseries 9.3box 14folder 16

Subseries 9.4: Companies, circa 1956-1982 and undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains photographs related to Dance Quartet and to Improvisations Unlimited, primarily of performances and company members. Materials are arranged chronologically by company.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Dance Quartet, circa 1956 and undatedseries 9.4box 14folder 17
Improvisations Unlimited, 1977-1982 and undatedseries 9.4box 14folder 18

Subseries 9.5: Other Photographs, 1981-2007 and undated (3 folders)

This subseries contains photographs of Rosen's students as well as Rosen's personal, non-career-related photographs. It is arranged by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Students, 2007 and undatedseries 9.5box 14folder 19
Personal, 1981 and undatedseries 9.5box 14folder 20
Unidentified Personal Slides, undatedseries 9.5box 14folder 21

Subseries 9.6: Digital Images, undated (330 MB)

This subseries contains digital images, primarily of Rosen's early career as a dancer. Some of the original photographs are part of the collection, mostly located in Series 9.4, Dance Quartet; others exist only in digital format.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Digital Images (Note: Please see curator for access to digital images.), undatedseries 9.6box 14folder 22

Series 10: Media, 1983-2007 and undated (3.00 linear feet)

This series contains CDs, video tapes, 16mm film, and audio cassettes featuring performance music, performances, and interviews. All original material titles have been retained. Materials are arranged by media type, then either chronologically or alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
CDs, 2000-2007 series 10box 15folder 1
Entangled, 2000 series 10box 15folder 1item 1.0
Dr. Dorothy Madden Tribute, 2001 series 10box 15folder 1item 2.0
Maryland Dance Ensemble at Millennium Stage, 2003 series 10box 15folder 1item 3.0
Anima, 2004 series 10box 15folder 1item 4.0
Mim Rosen Award, Maryland Council for Dance, 2007 series 10box 15folder 1item 5.0
Film (16mm), undated series 10box 15folder 2
Crookshank, undated series 10box 15folder 2item 1.0
Videos, 1983-2005 and undated series 10box 16folder 1
Thaw and Afterthoughts, 1983 series 10box 16folder 1item 1.0
Towers, 1985 series 10box 16folder 1item 2.0
Ancestral Memories, 1987 series 10box 16folder 1item 3.0
Old Photographs, 1987 series 10box 16folder 1item 4.0
Looking Back, 1987 and Drifting, 1988 series 10box 16folder 1item 5.0
Faded Image and Drifting, 1988 series 10box 16folder 1item 6.0
L'Historie Du Soldat, 1988 series 10box 16folder 1item 7.0
Fierce Attachments, 1989 series 10box 16folder 1item 8.0
Dance/Theatre Works by Meriam Rosen, 1990 series 10box 16folder 1item 9.0
Schizophrenic Girl, 1990 series 10box 16folder 1item 10.0
Remains: Dance/Theatre Works by Meriam Rosen, 1993 series 10box 16folder 1item 11.0
Fall Faculty/Student Dance Concert, 1993 series 10box 16folder 1item 12.0
Remember, 1993 and Considering Ground, 1994 series 10box 16folder 1item 13.0
Remember, 1994 series 10box 16folder 1item 14.0
Remember and Search For Stability, 1995 series 10box 16folder 1item 15.0
Meriam Rosen Choreography, 1995-2000 series 10box 16folder 1item 16.0
Meriam Rosen-Ravel Choreographies, 1995-1997 series 10box 16folder 1item 17.0
Meriam Rosen-Ravel Choreographies, 1995-1997 series 10box 16folder 1item 18.0
Small Disturbances and WETA's Enjoy Dancing Public Service Announcement, 1996 series 10box 16folder 1item 19.0
Travelers at the Gate, 1996 series 10box 16folder 1item 20.0
Travelers at the Gate, GMU New Dance Festival, 1996 series 10box 16folder 1item 21.0
After the Rain, Quiet, 1997 series 10box 16folder 1item 22.0
After the Rain, Quiet, 1997 series 10box 16folder 1item 23.0
Small Disturbances, 1997 series 10box 16folder 1item 24.0
20/20 Visions, The Story of Dance Place, 20th Anniversary, 1998 series 10box 16folder 1item 25.0
Bob and Bob Dance, 1999 series 10box 16folder 1item 26.0
Two, Sometimes Together, 1999 series 10box 16folder 1item 27.0
Two, Sometimes Together, 1999 series 10box 16folder 1item 28.0
20/20 Vision: 20 Years at Dance Place, 2000 series 10box 16folder 1item 29.0
Relentless Memory, 2000 series 10box 16folder 1item 30.0
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Small Disturbances, 2000 series 10box 16folder 1item 31.0
Things Fall Apart, 2000 series 10box 16folder 1item 32.0
Departures, 2001 series 10box 16folder 1item 33.0
Departures, 2001 series 10box 16folder 1item 34.0
Departures, 2001 series 10box 16folder 1item 35.0
Departures, 2001 series 10box 16folder 1item 36.0
CAPA, 2004-2005 series 10box 16folder 1item 37.0
Ancestral Memories, undated series 10box 16folder 1item 38.0
Videos, 1993 and undated series 10box 17folder 1
Departures Rehearsal, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 1.0
Drifting, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 2.0
Heavy Air/Endless Passage, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 3.0
Impresiones Intimas, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 4.0
Impresiones Intimas, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 5.0
Old Photos and Ancestral Memories, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 6.0
Ravel Quartet, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 7.0
Dance/Theatre works by Meriam Rosen, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 8.0
Various Excerpts, undated series 10box 17folder 1item 9.0
Remains (Hi-8), 1993 series 10box 17folder 1item 10.0
Cassettes Performance Music, 1990 and undated series 10box 18folder 1
Mirit Lifshitz Berman, undated series 10box 18folder 1item 1.0
Herb Bernstein/Wendy Woodson, undated series 10box 18folder 1item 2.0
Lynda Cergnilia, 1990 series 10box 18folder 1item 3.0
John Dixon, undated series 10box 18folder 1item 4.0
Tere Harmon, 1990 series 10box 18folder 1item 5.0
Liz Rolland, undated series 10box 18folder 1item 6.0
Rob Sherrod, 1990 series 10box 18folder 1item 7.0
Cassettes Performance Music, 1985-1997 and undated series 10box 18folder 2
After the Rain, Quiet, 1996 series 10box 18folder 2item 1.0
Afterthoughts, undated series 10box 18folder 2item 2.0
Agee Horst 1& 2 RHT, 1997 series 10box 18folder 2item 3.0
Bach Duet/Mary & Mary, undated series 10box 18folder 2item 4.0
Duduk (1 of 3), undated series 10box 18folder 2item 5.0
Duduk (2 of 3), undated series 10box 18folder 2item 6.0
Duduk (3 of 3), undated series 10box 18folder 2item 7.0
Henry Threadgill Sextet, You Know the Number, 1987 series 10box 18folder 2item 8.0
I Awoke Gasping (Reh)/The Agee Project, undated and 1997 series 10box 18folder 2item 9.0
In the Ruins Rosen, 1998 series 10box 18folder 2item 10.0
Looking Back Mim Rosen/Live Voice/Collage Vers. III, 1987 series 10box 18folder 2item 11.0
Miles Davis: Miles/Imrpv. Unltd., 1987 series 10box 18folder 2item 12.0
Mono. Dance: Women in Black/Party of Six, undated series 10box 18folder 2item 13.0
Out of Bounds/Charlie Vernon, 1985 series 10box 18folder 2item 14.0
Remember, 1992 series 10box 18folder 2item 15.0
Rivers of Delight, undated series 10box 18folder 2item 16.0
Small Disturbances Mim, 1995 series 10box 18folder 2item 17.0
Small Disturbances Rosen, 1996 series 10box 18folder 2item 18.0
Traces by Don Redlich Rehearsal Copy, 1997 series 10box 18folder 2item 19.0
Traces by Don Redlich Performance Copy, 1997 series 10box 18folder 2item 20.0
Where Now/When Now/Don Redlich, 1987 series 10box 18folder 2item 21.0

Related Material

Researchers should also consult the Improvisations Unlimited Collection, which contains important company records, performance videos, programs and publicity materials, photographs, and some material pertinent to the University of Maryland. Please note that the Meriam Rosen Papers contains materials related to the company as well, which were received as part of Rosen's personal papers, and have been maintained as such. Videos clearly pertaining to Improvisations Unlimited have been transferred to that collection.

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