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American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Archives

 Collection 0057-SCPA
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.

Dates

  • 1972-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1973-2000

Use and Access to Collection

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

Duplication and Copyright Information

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

Extent

41.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

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.

Administrative History

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– as well as scholarships for selected dancers to attend summer intensive programs at institutions such as The Joffrey Ballet, The Ailey School, and Jacob's Pillow.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into nine series.
  1. Series 1: Administration
  2. Series 2: General Correspondence
  3. Series 3: Festivals
  4. Series 4: Publications
  5. Series 5: Faculty Choreography Series
  6. Series 6: Scholarships
  7. Series 7: Realia
  8. Series 8: Photos
  9. Series 9: Videos

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Donated by the American College Dance Festival Association beginning in 2002; deed of gift signed in 2002.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Archives
Status
Completed
Author
Diane DeFries, Dave Travis, Kevin Pace, Sarah Lindblom, December 2011 to June 2012.
Date
2011-12-01
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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