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Dance Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: UOH002339
Collection consists of transcripts of five oral history interviews with dance educators active circa 1925-1969 in the Detroit Public Schools and at Wayne State University. The selected dance educators represent artistic philosophies, backgrounds, and teaching styles present in Detroit during the study period.
The following five individuals were interviewed: Fannie Aronson, Prudentia Huffman Carty, Kathryn Gladney Ellis (interviewed with Ruth Lovel Murray and includes comments from her), Ruth Lovell Murray, and Ann Zirulnik.

Fannie Aronson was the dance teacher at Cass Technical High School from 1959 to 1971. Prudentia Huffman Carty taught at Northwestern High School and was known as the first high school dance teacher in the Detroit schools. Kathryn Gladney Ellis taught dance at Northern High School (1952-1955), Eastern High School (1958-1963), and Finney High School. Ruth Lovell Murray was on the Wayne State University faculty for 46 years beginning in 1928. She taught physical education and dance education and directed the Dance Workshop from 1928 to 1954. Her 1953 book, Dance in Elementary Education, contributed greatly to the field of dance education. She reflects on various dance teachers, administrators, and leaders she trained or worked with over the years, as well as the relationship between Wayne State University and Detroit Public Schools in terms of dance education. Ann Zirulnik was a Detroit high school dance teacher at Cooley High School (1948-1951) and Mumford High School (1960-1967) and Chairperson of the Wayne State University Dance Department.

Dates

  • 1975 - 1976

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Permission to quote from or publish interviews must be obtained from the interviewee or the Reuther Library.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet ((1 MB).) : Consists of 5 printed transcripts bound together.

Abstract

Between 1975 and 1976, Nancy Terner Golinko conducted interviews with Detroit-area dance instructors as research for her master's thesis entitled "The Growth and Development of the Modern Dance Curriculum at the Secondary Level, Detroit Public Schools, 1925-1969." Collection consists of transcripts of five oral history interviews with dance educators active circa 1925-1969 in the Detroit Public Schools and at Wayne State University. The selected dance educators represent artistic philosophies, backgrounds, and teaching styles present in Detroit during the study period.

History

Between 1975 and 1976, Nancy Terner Golinko conducted interviews with Detroit-area dance instructors as research for her master's thesis entitled "The Growth and Development of the Modern Dance Curriculum at the Secondary Level, Detroit Public Schools, 1925-1969."

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name, with table of contents listing pagination.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/UOH002339.pdf

Acquisition

Presumably donated by the creator, Nancy Terner Golinko.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on March 9, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Dance Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-03-09
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA