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American College Dance Association (ACDA) records

 Collection 0057-SCPA
The American College Dance Association (ACDA), known as the American College Dance Festival Association until 2013, was conceived in 1971 and presented its first festival in 1973. It was designed to acknowledge and foster the role that colleges played in the development of dance since the 1960s. Originally formed by thirteen charter member colleges and universities, the ACDA now consists of over 300 member institutions. The ACDA sponsors eleven regional conferences where colleges and universities submit pieces to be adjudicated by nationally recognized dance professionals. The association also sponsors the National Dance Festival, showcasing works selected from all the regional conferences. The ACDA records contain materials related to the founding and operation of the organization from 1972-2020, with the bulk of the materials coming from 1973-2000. The records consist 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, videos, and archived coneference websites.

Dates

  • 1972-2020
  • Majority of material found within 1973-2000

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. 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.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator. Videos may only be duplicated with written permission from the choreographer.

Extent

41.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The ACDA records contain materials related to the founding and operation of the organization from 1972-2020, with the bulk of the materials coming from 1973-2000. The records consist of general correspondence, as well as the correspondence of the board of directors, the executive director, 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, videos, and conference websites.

Administrative History

The American College Dance Association (ACDA), known as the American College Dance Festival Association until 2013, was conceived in 1971 and presented its first festival in 1973. It was designed to acknowledge and foster the role that colleges played 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 ACDA sponsors eleven regional conferences where colleges and universities 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. Administration
  2. General correspondence
  3. Festivals
  4. Publications
  5. Faculty choreography series
  6. Scholarships
  7. Realia
  8. Photographs
  9. Videos

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Donated by the American College Dance Association (then known as the American College Dance Festival Association) beginning in 2002. Accruals are ongoing.

Related Materials

The crawled association website and conference websites dating back to 2016 can be found on the UMD Archive-It page.
Title
American College Dance Association (ACDA) records
Status
Completed
Author
Diane DeFries, David Travis, Kevin Pace, and Sarah Lindblom
Date
June 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-12-02: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, December 2011.
  • 2021-08-27: Finding aid edited and uploaded to ArchivesSpace by Rachel Ruisard, August 2021

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
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