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Congress on Research in Dance Archives

 Collection 0105-SCPA
Convened in October of 1964, The Congress on Research in Dance is an international community of dance researchers, scholars, teachers, and performers who seek to encourage, facilitate and disseminate dance scholarship. The organization promotes a discursive approach to researching and understanding dance as more than just art and expression, but the value of the form as a manifestation of universal communication, resonant ideas, and cultural commodity. The Congress on Research in Dance collection covers the period from 1964 to 1999; the bulk of the materials date from 1975 to 1999. The collection consists of founding documents, bylaws, Board and member correspondence, meeting minutes, published volumes of CORD’s own Dance Research Journal, an assortment of specially published CORD issues devoted to specific topics, conference materials, scholarly papers submitted to the conferences, newsletters, office materials, and financial documents.

Dates

  • 1964-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1975-1999

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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

31.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Congress on Research in Dance collection covers the period from 1964 to 1999; the bulk of the materials date from 1975 to 1999. The collection consists of founding documents, bylaws, Board and member correspondence, meeting minutes, published volumes of CORD’s own Dance Research Journal, an assortment of specially published CORD issues devoted to specific topics, conference materials, scholarly papers submitted to the conferences, newsletters, office materials, and financial documents.

Officers primarily create much of the materials, including board of directors, the treasurer, the New York office staff and the corresponding secretaries. The many papers submitted to the various conferences originate from international dance scholars. Copies of publications (journals, conference proceedings, and special issues) are comprised of still more international dance scholars as well as prominent CORD members.

Administrative History

In October of 1964, two women, Esther Jackson and Kathryn Bloom (then the Director of the Arts andamp; Humanities Branch of the US Office of Education), realized their shared concern for the preservation and dissemination of the burgeoning amount of scholarship they saw in dance. They formed a small steering committee comprised mainly of their fellow American dance scholars in early 1965, and convened the first membership meeting in April of that year where it was decided that the then-called Committee on Research in Dance in the State of New York should become a permanent entity. By October of 1965, a new, 15-person steering committee had been elected and they held their first planning meeting at New York University.

By 1969, the Committee on Research in Dance in the State of New York was fully incorporated, housed at New York University, and allowed for national individual and institutional membership. In 1977, the name was changed to the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). Their initial focus was the encouragement of academic discourse between dance scholars in every corner of the US. As such, CORD spent their first few years collecting the dialogue and facilitating the national discussion on dance. Over time, those contributing to the conversation became increasingly international with input from individual, institutional, and library members around the world. Examples of topics addressed in CORD's publications include but are not limited to: dance techniques, choreography, performance, history, anthropology, education, therapy, phenomenology and other areas of philosophy, semiotics, feminist criticism and theory, somatics, notation systems, kinesiology, dance criticism, and dance medicine.

Currently, CORD publishes a peer-reviewed scholarly journal; The Dance Research Journal, as well as collections of academic papers submitted to their annual conference proceedings, and occasionally, special issues focusing on specific dance topics such as notation, marginalized or historical forms and artist biographies.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into eight series.
  1. Series 1: Governing Documents
  2. Series 2: Board
  3. Series 3: Officers
  4. Series 4: Committees and Initiatives
  5. Series 5: Office
  6. Series 6: Membership
  7. Series 7: Conferences and Conventions
  8. Series 8: Publications

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The original gift by CORD was made via a deed of gift in 2011. The collection was transferred to UMD in February 2012 from the Library of Congress storage facility in Lanham, MD, where it was on deposit.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Congress on Research in Dance Archives
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Processed by Sarah Lindblom, March, April 2012.
Date
2012-04-01
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2012-11-28: EAD checked and verified using Oxygen software by Amanda May, November 2012.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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