Sacred Dance Guild Archives, 1958-2008

Collection number: MC 180 [Stored Offsite]
Size: 42 boxes (36.66 cu.ft.)

About Sacred Dance Guild

The Sacred Dance Guild was founded in 1958 and incorporated in 1965 as an international, interfaith, interdenominational non-profit organization. Its motto is “Enriching faith through movement,” and its mission is to promote sacred dance as prayer, spiritual growth, connection to the Creator, and integration of mind, body, and spirit. It publishes the Sacred Dance Guild Journal three times a year and sponsors a National Festival held in different locations to accommodate the membership.

The Sacred Dance Guild has reciprocal affiliations with the American Dance Guild, the National Dance Association, the International Association for Creative Dance and the International Liturgical Dance Association, part of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. It also holds membership in the World Dance Alliance.

About the Sacred Dance Guild Archives

The Sacred Dance Guild Archives consists of the records for the national organization, such as incorporation papers, minutes of the executive board and annual meetings, materials cocnerning a task force study and festival survey conducted in 1989, copies of newsletters and journals.

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 number], [Box number], Sacred Dance Guild Archives, 1958-2008, MC 180, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donations: Mary Jane Wolbers, November 1, 2000; Vivien Nichol, May 9, 2008; Wendy Morrill, May 23, 2011 (Accession numbers: 2001.29, 2008.07, 2011.14)

Collection Arrangement

This collection is partially processed. Boxes 7 and onwards are unprocessed.

Collection Contents

Series 1: National Organization

(5 Boxes)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Incorporation papers as a 501(c)(3), certificate of exemption from Massachusetts sales tax, organizational chart, responsibilities of officers and directors, special notice to chapters re IRS and bulk mail.
Box 1, Folder 2Chapter charter template and 1986 amendment.
Box 1, Folder 3Chapter By-laws and charters
Box 1, Folder 4Executive Board minutes, Feb 21, 1963
Box 1, Folder 5Executive Board minutes, 1964
Box 1, Folder 6Executive Board minutes, 1965
Box 1, Folder 7Executive Board minutes, 1966
Box 1, Folder 8Executive Board minutes, 1967
Box 1, Folder 9Executive Board minutes, 1968
Box 1, Folder 10Executive Board minutes, 1971
Box 1, Folder 11Executive Board minutes, 1973
Box 1, Folder 12Executive Board minutes, 1974
Box 1, Folder 13Executive Board minutes, 1975
Box 1, Folder 14Executive Board minutes, 1976
Box 1, Folder 15Executive Board minutes, 1977
Box 1, Folder 16Executive Board minutes, 1979
Box 1, Folder 17Executive Board minutes, 1980
Box 1, Folder 18Executive Board minutes, 1981
Box 1, Folder 19Executive Board minutes, 1982
Box 1, Folder 20Executive Board minutes, 1983
Box 1, Folder 21Executive Board minutes, 1984
Box 1, Folder 22Executive Board minutes, 1966
Box 1, Folder 23Executive Board minutes, 1967
Box 1, Folder 24Executive Board minutes, 1988-1996
Box 1, Folder 25Board-At-Large meeting minutes
Box 1, Folder 26Annual meeting minutes, 1964-1996
Box 1, Folder 27Nominating committee
Box 1, Folder 28Miscellaneous reports etc.: publicity; corresponding secretary; ballots; president’s letters; list of officers and directors
Box 1, Folder 29Financial records, 1966-1980
Box 1, Folder 30Financial records, 1982-1987
Box 1, Folder 31Annual reports of membership, 1962-1983
Box 1, Folder 32Various membership materials
Box 1, Folder 33Membership lists, 1958-1964
Box 1, Folder 34Membership lists, 1965-1970
Box 1, Folder 35Membership lists, 1971-1976
Box 1, Folder 36Membership lists, 1977-1985.
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Directories, 1983, 1984, 1985-1986
Box 2, Folder 2Directories, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989
Box 2, Folder 3Directories, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 2000
Box 2, Folder 4Task Force Study and Festival Survey: Overview materials
Box 2, Folder 5Survey and overview
Box 2, Folder 6Correspondence between Fenna Stoub (president) & Jeannine Bunyan, (task force chair), 1989
Box 2, Folder 7Correspondence between Fenna Stoub (president) & Jeannine Bunyan, (task force chair), 1990
Box 2, Folder 8Questionnaire and ballot
Box 2, Folder 9Correspondence with task force members: Doug Adams, Forrest Coggan, Susan Cole, Joan Flanigan
Box 2, Folder 10Correspondence with task force members: Barry Gibby, Joan Huff, Sybil MacBeth, Kathryn Mihelick, Joan Sparrow
Box 2, Folder 11Correspondence with task force members: Toni Intravia, Mary Jane Wolbers, and miscellaneous notes
Box 2, Folder 12Festival study by Kay Troxell
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Newsletters and Journals: May, Fall 1958, Spring 1959
Box 3, Folder 2Newsletters and Journals June, Sept 1961, Jan, Sept 1962
Box 3, Folder 3Newsletters and Journals Jan, [April] (includes by-laws), [Sept] 1963
Box 3, Folder 4Newsletters and Journals Jan, April, Sept 1964
Box 3, Folder 5Newsletters and Journals Jan, May 1965, Jan, Sept 1966
Box 3, Folder 6Newsletters and Journals April, Oct 1967, May, Fall 1969
Box 3, Folder 7Newsletters and Journals Spring, Summer 1970, Winter 1970-1971
Box 3, Folder 8Newsletters and Journals Spring, Fall 1971, Spring, Fall, Winter 1972
Box 3, Folder 9Newsletters and Journals Spring, Fall, Winter 1973
Box 3, Folder 10Newsletters and Journals Winter, Spring 1973-1974
Box 3, Folder 11Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1974-1975
Box 3, Folder 12Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1975-1976
Box 3, Folder 13Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1976-1977
Box 3, Folder 14Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1977-1978
Box 3, Folder 15Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1978-1979
Box 3, Folder 16Newsletters and Journals Fall 1979-1980
Box 3, Folder 17Newsletters and Journals Winter 1979-1980
Box 3, Folder 18Newsletters and Journals Spring 1979-1980
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1980-1981
Box 4, Folder 2Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter 1981-1982
Box 4, Folder 3Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Feb, Spring 1982-1983
Box 4, Folder 4Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer supplement 1983-1984
Box 4, Folder 5Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1984-1985
Box 4, Folder 6Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Feb, Spring 1985-1986
Box 4, Folder 7Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1986-1987
Box 4, Folder 8Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1987-1988
Box 4, Folder 9Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1988-1989
Box 4, Folder 10Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1989-1990
Box 4, Folder 11Newsletters and Journals Fall, Winter, Spring 1990-1991
Box 4, Folder 12Newsletters and Journals Fall 1991; Winter, Fall 1995
Box 4, Folder 13Newsletters and Journals Winter, Summer, Fall 1996, Winter 1997
Box 4, Folder 14Newsletters and Journals Fall 1997, Winter, Spring, Summer 1998
Box 4, Folder 15Newsletters and Journals Fall 1998, Winter, Spring 1999
Box 4, Folder 16Newsletter editor’s reports, 1973-1983
Box 4, Folder 17Newsletter editor’s reports, 1984-1999
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Bibliographies: Sacred Dance Bibliography 1960; Resources in Sacred Dance: Annotated Bibliography, 1960 and 1986
Box 5, Folder 2Sacred Dance Guild brochures
Box 5, Folder 3Flyers re international dance festivals
Box 5, Folder 4Honorary members
Box 5, Folder 5Pamphlets: Using Movement Creatively in Religious Education, Pat Sonen, 1963; Involving the People in Dancing Worship: Historic and Contemporary Patterns, Doug Adams, 1975; Considerations For Starting and Stretching A Sacred Dance Choir, Margaret Taylor, 1978; Financing A Sacred Dance Choir, Martha C. Yates, 1981.
Box 5, Folder 6Publications: A Time To Remember: Celebrating the Sacred Dance Guild’s 40th Anniversary presented by Toni’ Intravaia, 1998; Spotlight On Dance, Vol. 20, no.3, Spring/Summer 1994 (National Dance Association newsletter)
Box 5, Folder 7Board retreats, 1986 and "Vision 2000," 1996
Box 5, Folder 8Scholarships, 1973 and 1983
Box 5, Folder 9Reciprocity agreement (with the American Dance Guild, the National Dance Association, and the International Liturgical Dance Association) materials
Box 5, Folder 10Re: permanent storage of archives
Box 5, Folder 11Flyers from other dance organizations (mainly Earthdance). Copy of Dance Archives: A Practical Manual for Documenting and Preserving the Ephemeral Art, edited by Leslie Hansen Kopp, Preserve, Inc. 1995

Two B&W reels of 1/2″ videotape of Sacred Dance Guild 21st Anniversary Festival, June 24, 1979 (unedited)

Series 2: Chapters and Regions

(1 Box)
Box 6
Chapters and Regions
  • Constitution Chapter (Eastern Penn, Delaware, Southern New Jersey)
  • Hawai’i Chapter
  • Lakeshore Chapter (Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin)
  • New York-Southwest Connecticut Chapter
  • Northern California Chapter
  • Oh-Penn Chapter Ohio and Western Pennsylvania
  • Potomac Chapter Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Colorado
  • Southern California Chapter
  • Columbia Willamette
  • Constitution Chapter (Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Southern New Jersey)
  • Eastern Chapter (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Lakeshore Chapter (Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin)
  • New York-Southwest Connecticut Chapter
  • South Atlantic Chapter (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, District of Columbia)
  • Northern California Chapter
  • MidWest Chapter (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, W. Virginia, Wisconsin)
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter

Series 3: Collegial Affiliates [unprocessed]

(2 Boxes)

Series 4: Further Unprocessed Materials

(34 Boxes/34 cu. ft.)

These boxes are stored offsite and require at least 48 hours' notice to access. Please contact Special Collections staff for more information.

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