Merchant, Reuben, Collection,1949-1955

Collection number: MC 274
Size: 1 box (0.5 cu.ft.)

About the Reuben Merchant Collection

Reuben Merchant was a western-style square dance and international folk dance caller from Nassau, New York. He wrote a regular column called "Square Dancing Today" for the Chatham Courier in Chatham, New York and authored a pamplet entitled "Square Dance Terms as Taught by Reuben Merchant". He attended workshops with Michael Herman, a teacher and an authority on folk dance, and Ralph Page, the New Hampshire dance caller. He also attended New England Square and Round Dance Conventions and the Maine Folkdance Camp in Bridgeton, M.E.

About the Reuben Merchant Collection

The collection consists of approximately 1000 45 RPM and LP records, and a small amount of textual material, reflecting Merchant's involvement in square and international folk dancing throughout the 1950s. Extensive notes from workshops with Ralph Page, Michael Herman, and notes on contras from Duke Miller are included, as well as his dance call cards and a folder of photographs of folk dancing.

Contact Special Collections staff for a list of the records in Merchant's collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Reuben Merchant Collection, 1949-1955, MC 274, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift, 1994

Separated Material

Phonographic records stored with NHLTMD audio collection.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is in original order as received.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Reuben Merchant Obituary
Box 1, Folder 2“Biography of References and Recordings for Simple Folk and Early American Dances”, 1950
Box 1, Folder 3Dutch Folk Dance
Box 1, Folder 4“Folk Dance Notes: Dances presented by Mary Ann and Michael Herman, 1954
Box 1, Folder 5“Folk Dances as Taught by Violet and Reuben Merchant,” notes and typescripts
Box 1, Folder 6“Jane Farwell Recreation Workshop”, 1954
Box 1, Folder 7“New England Square and Folk Dance Camp”, 1952
Box 1, Folder 8“New England Square and Folk Dance Camp”, 1954
Box 1, Folder 9Pioneer Press, vol. V-IV; X-XIII
Box 1, Folder 10“Square Dance Terms as Taught by Reuben Merchant”, pamphlet
Box 1, Folder 11“Square Dancing Today” and other newspaper clippings, 1949-1955
Box 1, Folder 12United Squares Vacation Institute, 1954
Box 1, Folder 13Miscellaneous conventions and programs, 1953-1955
Box 1, Folder 14Miscellaneous record and book catalogs
Box 1, Folder 15Photographs, 1950-1952
Box 1, Folder 16Miscellaneous calls and dance notations
Box 1, Folder 17Dance Call Cards


Audio Recordings
Manuscripts & Typescripts
Newspapers & Publications
Photographs, Slides & Negatives