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Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) Records

Collection ID

SCRC 438

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Philadelphia Dance Company Records

Dates
1968-2014, bulk 1968-2005

Collection ID
SCRC 438

Creator
Philadelphia Dance Company

Quantity
5.3 linear feet (16 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

Philadanco, a non–profit professional dance company located in Philadelphia, PA, was founded by Joan Myers Brown in 1970.  The mission of the company is to preserve African American dance traditions and to provide training and performance opportunities for minority and non–minority dancers.  Known for innovative dance training programs and support systems, Philadanco provides choreographic workshops, counseling, low-cost master classes, free professional level classes, and dancewear to members of its programs. The company receives support from corporate foundations, individual donors, the city of Philadelphia, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Philadanco conducts lecture demonstrations for young audiences in schools and community centers in the Philadelphia area.  They perform with world-renowned orchestras and many popular celebrities, locally, on tour, and on national television.  Philadanco is internationally recognized for its artistic integrity, highly trained dancers, and initiatives to further development of African American choreographers.  

In 1988, under the leadership of Ms. Myers Brown, Philadanco organized the first International Conference on Black Dance Companies.  In 1992, the International Association of Blacks in Dance was formed with Ms. Myers Brown as the honorary chair.  In 1997, she was one of only five African American women receiving the Women in Dance Living Legends award for her contributions to modern dance.

Description of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of performance programs, photographs, marketing materials, and publicity.  Organizational records are limited, and include scattered minutes of the board of directors, correspondence, two annual reports, and a development plan. This collection includes preserved versions of the organization’s website, available through Archive-It.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series as follows:

Series 1: Audiovisual, 1968-1996
Series 2: Business and finances, 1968-1996
Series 3: Performances and events, 1972-2004
Series 4: Photographs, 1979-1992
Series 5: Publicity, 1972-2005
Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1976-2004
Series 7: Website versions in Archive-It, 2014

Series 1, Audiovisual materials include radio spots, commercials, and promotional shorts on VHS, U–matic, and cassette tapes.  An audio cassette and transcript of a KYW radio program features Joan Myers Brown, among other African Americans of influence.

Series 2, Business and finances contains scattered correspondence, annual reports, a development plan, and an operating proposal for the organization.  Brochures and announcements for the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts provide information about the company’s dance training school.

Series 3, Performances and events consists of invitations and programs for the company’s annual gala celebrations and miscellaneous receptions; performance programs; and organizational information associated with several touring performances and local concerts.   Included are meeting materials and reports on the International Conference on Black Dance Companies.

Series 4, Photographs are arranged by individual performer, by performance piece, and by event.

Series 5,  Publicity consists of audition announcements, marketing materials (brochures, flyers, and advertisements), and performance reviews in the form of newspaper clippings and magazine articles.  Scattered issues of the Philadanco newsletter are included.

Series 6, Miscellaneous items associated with the dance company include awards and citations, promotional items, costume drafts, biographies of company members, and teaching materials developed by the company.  The series contains biographical information and publicity for Joan Myers Brown. 

Series 7, Website versions in Archive-It contains preserved versions of the Philadelphia Dance Company’s website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Philadelphia Dance Collection Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4279.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991006326289703811

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Accruals

Additions to this collection are expected. Websites are captured using Archive-It periodically, and the latest additions may not yet be included in this finding aid. For information on material–physical and digital, including captured websites–that may have been added since the last finding aid update, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Philadelphia Dance Company Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Philadelphia Dance Company Records, SCRC 438, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquired from the Philadelphia Dance Company between 2004-2005.  

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in 2011 by B. Myerowitz. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in December 2014 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.

           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:


Personal/Family Names:
Brown, Joan Myers

Corporate Names:
International Association of Blacks in Dance
Philadelphia Dance Company

Subjects:
African American dance--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
African American dance teachers
African American dancers

Places:
Philadelphia, Pa.

Material Types:
Administrative records
Audiocassettes
Born digital
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Floppy disks
Manuscripts
Minutes
Negatives
Newsletters
Periodicals
Photographs
Playbills
Posters
Publications
Reports
Sound recordings
VHS (TM)
Video recordings
Web sites 

Inventory

Series 1: Audiovisual, 1968-1996

1                    3.5” floppy disk: National Endowment for the Arts, text included in report on use of grant funding          circa 1998
1                    3.5” floppy disk: Philadanco invitation          2000
1                    Audio cassette: Aramark/Philadanco KYW radio spot          May 1995
1                    Audio cassette: Interview with Joan Myers Brown          June 20, 1995
1                    Audio cassette:  KYW radio Black history month series          1991
                                      (Highlights the achievements of African Americans of influence, including Joan Myers Brown. Transcript included.)
1                    U–matic tape, ¾ format: Commercial (2 copies)          undated
1                    U–matic tape, ¾ format: 30 second spot          undated
1                    VHS tape: 30 second and 3 minute spot          undated
1                    VHS tape: Commercial (3 copies)          2001
1                    VHS tape:  Five minute promo          undated
1                    VHS tape:  “Messages from the Heart” excerpts          undated
                                      (“Myscience,” choreographed by Bebe Miller; and “Hands Singing Songs,” choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar)
1                    VHS tape: Promo (2 copies)          2000
1                    VHS tape:  Public service announcement (3 copies)          undated

Series 2: Business and finances, 1968-1996

2          1          Annual report          1987
2          2          Annual report          1988
2          3          Board of Directors meeting minutes and correspondence          1983–1989
2          4          Brazilian Dance company partnership          1986–1987
2          5          Correspondence          circa 1968–1997,undated
                                (Includes Internal Revenue Service certificate of registration 1972)
2          6          Five-year development plan          1985–1989
2          7          General operating proposal          1994–1995
2          8          Philadelphia School of Dance Arts          1981–1996,undated
                                 (Brochures and performance announcement)
2          9          Spring concert series          1993, 1996

Series 3: Performances and events, 1972-2004

2          10          25th anniversary tour          1995
2          11          Annual anniversary spring gala          1988–2004

International Conference on Black Dance Companies

2          12          Agenda and comprehensive report          1987–1988
2          13          Meeting materials, Jan. 29–31          1989
2          14          Jacobs Pillow          1993–1994
2          15          Lincoln Center “Out of Doors”          August 17–18, 1993
3          1          Lincoln University “African American Traditions: Perspectives from Pennsylvania”          March 19, 1997
3          2          Miscellaneous          1976–1994
3          3          Programs          1972–1979
3          4          Programs          1981–1985
3          5          Programs          1986
3          6          Programs          1987
3          7          Programs          1988
3          8          Programs          1989
3          9          Programs          1990
4          1          Programs          1991
4          2          Programs          1992
4          3          Programs          1993
4          4          Programs          1994
4          5          Programs          1995
4          6          Programs          1996
5          1          Programs          1997
5          2-3          Programs          1998
5          4-5          Programs          1999
5          6          Programs          2000
6          1          Programs          2001
6          2          Programs          2002
6          3          Programs          2003–2004
6          4          Programs          undated

Series 4: Photographs, 1979-1992

Events
6          5          Alumni rehearsal          circa 1990
6          6          Anniversary gala          April 1990
6          7          Anniversary gala          April 1992
6          8          Donor forum          1990
6          9          Performances: Annenberg          1990
6          10          Performances: Danco on Danco          1990
6          11          Performances: Joyce Theater          1990
6          12          Spring concert          1988
6          13          Spring concert          1989
6          14          Spring concert          1990
6          15          Spring concert          1991
6          16          Performers: Buffington, Gigi          undated
6          17          Performers: Chase, Deborah          undated
6          18          Performers: Lopez, Miquel          undated
6          19          Performers: McNeil, Corbett          undated
7          1          Performers: Sadler, Paul B.          undated
7          2          Performers: St. Charles, David          undated
7          3          Performers: Scott, Antonio          undated
7          4          Performers: Toombs, Jamilla          undated
7          5          Performers: Watkins, Evelyn          undated
7          6          Performance pieces: “Autumn Wylde”          1980
7          7          Performance pieces: “Bound to Be Free”          1986, undated
7          8          Performance pieces: “Cantus”          1988, undated
7          9          Performance pieces: “Caravan Serai”          undated
7          10         Performance pieces: “Center Man”          undated
7          11          Performance pieces: “Conversations for Seven Souls”          1986, undated
7          12          Performance pieces: “Dreamtime”          undated
7          13          Performance pieces: “Duke Street”          1984–1986, undated
7          14          Performance pieces: “Ebony Concerto”          undated
7          15          Performance pieces: “Elegy”          undated
7          16          Performance pieces: “The Element in Which It Takes Place”          undated         undated
7          17          Performance pieces: “Forces of Rhythm”          undated
7          18          Performance pieces: “I Told Jesus”          undated
7          19          Performance pieces: “Joy”          undated
7          20          Performance pieces: “Ladder Dance”          undated
8          1          Performance pieces: “LaValse”          1979, undated
8          2          Performance pieces: “Lelio”          undated
8          3          Performance pieces: “Love ‘n Pain”          undated
8          4          Performance pieces: “Men Against the Wall”          undated
8          5          Performance pieces: “Nuevo Tango”          undated
8          6          Performance pieces: “Pacings”          1988, undated
8          7          Performance pieces: “Pale Lotus”          undated
8          8          Performance pieces: “Pretty is Skin Deep, Ugly is to the Bone”          undated
8          9          Performance pieces: “A Rag, a Bone, and a Hank of Hair”          undated
8          10          Performance pieces: “Ritual”          1979
8          11          “Ritornello”          1986
8          12          “Ritornello”          1989
8          13          “Ritornello”          undated
8          14          “Rosa”          undated
8          15          “Shadow Sisters”          undated
8          16          “Southern Landscape”          undated
8          17          “Such Sweet Morning Song”          undated
8          18          Unidentified performances          undated
9          1          Unidentified performances          undated
9          2          “White Dragon”          1989, undated
9          3          Miscellaneous Groups          undated
9          4          Miscellaneous Individuals          undated
9          5-6          Miscellaneous Negatives          undated
9          7          Miscellaneous Snapshots (7 envelopes)          undated

Series 5: Publicity, 1972-2005

9          8          Audition announcements          1981–1995
10          1          Marketing materials          undated
10          2          Newsletters          1982, 1985, 1986, 1995, 1996
10          3          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1972–1975
10          4          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1976–1977
10          5          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1978–1981
10          6          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1982–1983
10          7          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1984–1985
10          8          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1986
10          9          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1987–1988
10          10          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1989
10          11          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1990
10          12          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1991
11          1          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1992
11          2          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1993
11          3          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1994
11          4          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1995
11          5          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1996
11          6          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1997
12          1          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1997
12          2          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1998
12          3          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          1999
12          4          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          2000
12          5          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          2001-2005
12          6-7          Performances, reviews, clippings, fliers, announcements, and articles          undated
13                    Promotional items: “$3 to 1 for Philadanco” buttons          undated
13                    Promotional items: “#9 The Dance Place” t-shirt          undated
13                    Promotional items: 20th Anniversary t-shirt          1990
13                    Promotional items: “Company of the 21st Century” t-shirt          undated
13                    Promotional items: “Danco II 12th anniversary” t-shirt          undated
13                    Promotional items: “Danco Dollar Day” fund collection canister          undated
13                    Promotional items: Glass mug          undated
13                    Promotional items: “Golf for the Arts” hat          undated
13                    Promotional items: Golf classic shirt          1995
13                    Promotional items: “I Bought-a-Brick for Philadanco” bumper sticker          undated
14                    Poster: “24st Annual Spring Concert Series” (oversize)          1994
14                    Poster: “25 Years of Excellence (oversize)          1995
14                    Poster: "26st Annual Spring Concert Series” (oversize)          1996
14                    Poster: “31st Annual Spring Concert Series” (oversize) 2001
14                    Poster: CIBA Award for Distinction in Advertising (oversize)          1980
14                    Poster: “It’s a Knockout” (oversize)          1987
15                    Poster: Philadanco in concert, Johnston Hall (3 oversize posters)          1979, undated
16          1-3          Promotional magazines of Philadanco undated

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1976-2004

16          4          Awards and citations          1976–1999
16          5          Biographies, fact sheets, and repertoire information          undated
16          6          Costume drafts          undated
16          7          International Association of Blacks in Dance newsletters and brochure          1991–1999
16          8          Joan Myers–Brown          1986–2004
                                       (Awards, biographical information, and the text of speech given by Ms. Myers Brown upon receipt of honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2004)
15                    Citations: City of Philadelphia (oversize)          2002
15                    Citations: City Council of Philadelphia (oversize)          2002
15                    Citations: Pennsylvania legislative Black Caucus (oversize)          2002
15                    Citations: Senate of Pennsylvania (oversize)          2002
15                    Citations: Pennsylvania House of representatives (oversize)          2002
16          9           Premier performance tickets          1972
16          10          Script for “Roots/Reflections”          undated
16          11          Teaching materials          1996, 1997, undated

Series 7:Website versions in Archive-It, 2014

Series 7 contains preserved versions of the Philadelphia Dance Company’s website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Philadelphia Dance Collection Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4279