Collection number: MC 305 [partially
Size: (10 boxes) (5 cu.ft.)
About David Millstone
David Millstone is a folk dance teacher, caller, and historian from northern New Hampshire, and a prolific author and documentarian on contemporary and historical New England contra and square dance. He curates the Square Dance History Project and is a past president of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). Millstone maintains an active calling, teaching, and research schedule throughout New England and beyond.
Notable publications and documentaries include:
- Paid To Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing (documentary, 2001)
- What's Not To Like?: A Community Contra Dance (documentary, 2002)
- The Other Way Back: Dancing With Dudley (documentary about caller Dudley Laufman, 2007)
- Cracking Chestnuts (with David Smukler), Easthampton, MA: Country Dance and Song Society, 2008
- "Contra Dance History," a chapter in Dance a While (10th ed.), Anne Pittman, Marlys Waller, Cathy Dark, eds. San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2008.
- We Find No Harm In Dancing: Shaker Marches and Dances (documentary, 2008)
- Sweet Talk (documentary about caller Ralph Sweet, 2008)
About the David Millstone Collection
This collection contains interviews, photographs, audiovisual recordings, correspondence, lecture notes, articles, posters, and similar material related to Millstone's calling, dance organization, documentary production, and historical dance research between 1964 and 2019.
This collection is open.
Please note: Boxes 9-10 of this collection are stored in the library's offsite storage facility and require 48 hours' notice to access. Please contact Special Collections staff for further information.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of Item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], David Millstone Collection, 1964-2016, MC 305, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Multiple donations of the creator, 2016-2019
Collection is in original order as received.
Series 1 contains historical dance research, dance programs from events and dance camps Millstone called or otherwise participated in, information on specific New England musicians and callers including Ralph Page, Ralph Sweet, Dudley Laufman, Ted Sannella and others, and photographic prints and negatives documenting several decades of musicians and dancers.
Audio/visual materials in VHS, CD, DVD, mini-DV, and minidisc formats documenting important events in the dance community's history, historical footage from archives, informal events, raw material from Millstone's documentaries, and much more.
This box contains the raw footage for several of Millstone's documentaries, informational community dance footage, and dance-related audiovisual materials from other sources.
|We Find No Harm in Dancing
Footage that was the basis of documentary about Shaker Dance. Interviews with Mary Ann Haagen, director of Enfield Shaker Singers. 5 reels of dance footage and B roll
|An Artist's Truth: The Shaker Murals
of Sol Levenson (Millstone, 2005)
Footage that was the basis of documentary about famed muralist. Levenson was the recipient of several Fulbright awards to teach mural painting.
|Paid To Eat Ice Cream
Documentary about famed dance musician Bob McQuillen of western NH.
|Community Dance Footage & Others'
|Raw Footage: Documentaries and Community Events
229 digital videotapes, mostly 60 minutes, including original footage for dances and interviews incorporated into documentaries by David Millstone:
Additional interviews include Renn Tolman, Kathy Anderson, Rickey Holden, Lisa Greenleaf, Pierre Chartrand, Westport dancers
Footage at various dance events and other music/dance related items, including New England Folk Festival, Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, Pinewoods, Kwackfest in Peterborough, Central City CO (archival footage!), Tech Squares dance weekend, Dance Flurry (Saratoga Springs), Dudley Laufman's 80th birthday party, West Newbury (Adam Boyce calling), Peterborough Snow Ball, Cracking Chestnuts session in Syracuse, Wentworth NH (Lester Bradley), Money Musk party, Tunbridge World's Fair (Ed Larkin Dancers), Northern Spy dance in Norwich, and many more venues