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American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Archives


American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Archives
American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA)
Collection number:
41 linear feet
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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 American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) was founded in 1973 to acknowledge and foster the role that colleges had been playing in the development of dance since the 1960s. Originally formed by thirteen charter member colleges and universities, the ACDFA now consists of over 300 member institutions. The ACDFA sponsors eleven regional conferences where colleges and university submit pieces to be adjudicated by nationally recognized dance professionals. The association also sponsors the National Dance Festival, which showcases works selected from all the regional conferences. The ACDFA Archives contains materials relating to the founding and running of the organization from 1972-2011, with the bulk of the materials coming from 1973-2000. The archives consists of general correspondence, as well as the correspondence of the board of directors and the treasurer; board minutes; fundraising, financial, and scholarship information; materials relating to regional conferences and the National Dance Festival including programs, brochures, pamphlets, correspondence, realia, photographs, and videos.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


There are no restricted files in this collection. Videos may only be duplicated with written permission of the choreographer.

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American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Archives, 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. Contact the curator for an appointment:


This collection is PROCESSED. The finding aid is currently unavailable online. Please contact the Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts for more information.