Skip to main content
Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests.

Sarah Chapman Hilsendager collection on Rudolf Laban and his students

 Collection 0357-SCPA

Sarah Chapman Hilsendager held academic and chair positions in the dance department at Temple University. This collection centers on her research into Rudolph Laban and his impact on dance education, which she used for the book, History of the Dance in Art and Education. Hilsendager collected materials on Laban and his work in England and Germany, along with his contributions to dance education research.


  • 1920-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1980

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright was not transferred with the gift of these materials and all rights remain with the creators. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.


5.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Sarah Chapman Hilsendager collection on Rudolf Laban and His Students covers the period from 1920 to 1989; the bulk of the materials date from 1930 to 1980.The collection consists of both personal and professional papers from Laban’s career, materials for The Laban Art of Movement Guild Magazine, and programs, lectures, articles, about dance education. Hilsendager was a dance education academic who highlighted Laban’s work as he was a prominent figure in the history of dance education.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Sarah Chapman Hilsendager, a Virginia native, is Professor Emerita and dance department chair in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. She studied dance at Butler University in 1965. After graduating in 1968, Dr. Hilsendager pursued a degree in dance education at Temple.

Throughout her career, Hilsendager has focused her published studies towards the history and current state of dance education in America. Hilsendager took part in a program for the television series, Dance On: With Bill Mahoney, in 1990 where she discussed Temple’s college dance program.

This collection focuses on her collection on Rudolph Laban (1879-1958). Laban was a Hungarian dancer, choreographer, and dance/movement theoretician and one of the founding members of European Modern Dance, helping create the modern perspective of dance as an art form. Laban explored many aspects of dance education and his work is still prominent. One of Hilsendager’s most prominent works is History of the Dance in Art and Education, which she co-authored with Richard G. Kraus. In this book, they employ Hilsendager’s research to explore Laban's influence on the dance world.


This collection is arranged into three series. Series are minimally processed and items are kept in original order.

  1. Laban Research
  2. The Laban Art of Movement Guild Magazine
  3. Dance Education

Custodial History

Donated by Karen Kohn Bradley on behalf of Hilsendager in three shipments in February 2011, March 2011, and November 2013.

Related Materials

- American College Dance Association (ACDA) Archives [formerly ACDFA]

- Irmgard Bartenieff papers

- Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies (LIMS) Archives

- Records of the UMD Department of Dance

Sarah Chapman Hilsendager collection on Rudolf Laban and his students
Nicole Horstman and Naomi Rabe
February 2014; March 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States