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Judith Lynne Hanna Collection


Judith Lynne Hanna Collection
Hanna, Judith
Collection number:
37.5 linear feet
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Inclusive dates:
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

The Judith Hanna Collection details the academic pursuits, cultural interests and numerous projects of the prolific American anthropological scholar. Her specialized expertise in the fields of anthropology, education, dance, and political science informs her cross-disciplinary interests in such diverse topics as education policy, societal perceptions of dance, gender, sexuality, first-amendment rights, dance as communication, and dance therapy. The collection also includes the numerous books, articles, reviews, critiques, and pedagogical manuals she has written.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Judith Lynne Hanna Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email:


This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Born in 1936, Judith Hanna made numerous contributions to the arts, humanities and social sciences through her numerous and multidisciplinary pursuits. Due to her broad academic interests, she combined the fields of African studies, art anthropology, black studies, dance, drama, education, gender, leisure and recreation, medicine, music, planning, political science, psychology, religion, semiotics, therapy, and urban studies in her body of work. She is chiefly an academic, as well as a prolific author of books, both academic and trade, scholarly papers, columns, reviews and articles.

Hanna earned her doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University in 1976, which was preceded by two separate masters degrees respectively in anthropology from Columbia University in 1975 and political science from Michigan State in 1962. She holds a teaching credential from the state of California where she also completed her bachelors degree in political science at UCLA.

Aside from writing and researching, Judith Hanna has also served as an expert court witness, consultant, ethnographer, dance critic, committee chair, advisor, and academic fellow.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Judith Lynne Hanna Collection covers the period from 1910 to 2012 with the bulk of materials dating from1965-1989. The collection consists of research materials, subject materials, writings, photographs, video and audio recordings, newspaper clippings, correspondence, interview transcripts, and materials from numerous, varied organizations. Related to Hanna's work as an anthropologist, there is an abundance of materials on the subjects of African and American culture as well as more theoretical and scholarly works in the field. Her subject files cover the broad topics of dance education, communication, therapy, criticism, and teaching as well as the arts relation to gender and sexuality. There is also substantial material relating to human psychology, emotion and their relation to artistic expression. Hannas correspondence also ranges from notes to friends and family up to famous dancers and dance scholars as well as other prominent professionals in her other fields of interest.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Materials transferred to the archives beginning in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Sarah Lindblom, July-September 2012

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, January 2013.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is minimally processed. Materials are in accession order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Inventory of the Collection, 1893-2012 (37.5 linear feet)

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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