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Miami Valley Dance Council

DIGITAL ARCHIVE


Welcome to the DIGITAL ARCHIVE of the Miami Valley Dance Council.
This site captures the digital versions of various historical records and artifacts of the Miami Valley Dance Council in Dayton, Ohio. These records are available to you to read, to conduct research, to learn from.

The Archive

Organized Information

Other Archives

Click here to access all the files.

*     History of the Miami Valley Dance Council
~~ or ~~
Who the heck was Michael Solomon and
why is there a Pavilion named after him?

 

*     Clubs in the Miami Valley Dance Council and their histories - coming soon

 

*     Miami Valley Dance News – newsletter of the MVDC

 

*     Awards Made By MVDC

o   MVDC Honor Roll Dancers – including nominees and related information

o   MVDC Honor Raiders – TBD

o   Club Longevity Awards – TBD

o   MVDC Friendship Awards - TBD

o   Other Awards Made by MVDC

o   Past Presidents of MVDC

 

*     Awards Made To MVDC

More and more archives are coming on-line.  Here are a few that you might find useful:

·         Sets In Order (Square Dancing) Magazine – now available on-line at the Univ. of Denver Penrose Library

·         Square Dance Foundation of New England – includes audio interviews with many important square dance callers and leaders
            SDFNE On-Line Resources

·         Square Dance History Project – an ongoing collaboration of several dance organizations

·         New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music & Dance – at the University of New Hampshire houses a fascinating collection of material important to anyone interested in the very early development of square dancing.

·         Lloyd Shaw Dance Archive – is also housed at the Univ. of Denver Penrose Library (but not currently on-line).  Lloyd Shaw was an important leader and grandfather of square/round dancing in the 1930s-1950s.  Some historical information may be found on the Lloyd Shaw Foundation website.

General Organization of the digital archive:
The digital archive is a set of files. The file names usually begin with a date, thus they are filed in chronological order. There are sub-directories for clubs and other sets of files that make sense to be separated. As I have time, I intend to organize the presentation of some types of data onto webpages. If you have suggestions as to web pages that you'd like to see present historical data, please contact the MVDC Historian, Leslie Hyll.

Researching in the archive and Searching the archive:

Finding Aids:

ADSDC

Associate Dayton Square Dance Club

 

MVRDC

Miami Valley Round Dance Club

ASD

American Square Dance (a magazine)

 

NSDD

National Square Dance Directory

CCCS

Clinton County Country Squares

 

NYT

New York Times

CSD

Clayton Square Dancers

 

OCDC

Ohio Corporation of Dance Clubs (aka State Corp)

DDN

Dayton Daily News

 

PDF

Portable Document Format

DFDC

Dayton Folk Dance Club

 

RD

Round Dance

DRDC

Dayton Round Dance Club

 

RDC

Round Dance Club

DSDC

Dayton Square Dance Club

 

SBSDC

Super Bs Square Dance Club

DT

DownTowner

 

SDC

Square Dance Club

ECD

English Country Dance

 

SIO

Sets in Order (Square Dancing) Magazine

GCSDC

Gem City Square Dance Club

 

SNS

Springfield News-Sun

JH

Journal Herald

 

SSSDC

Shooting Stars Square Dance Club

KSDC

Kittyhawk Square Dance Club

 

ST

Star Tribune (MN)

MS

Michael Solomon

 

TAP

Tuesday Afternoon Plus

MSP

Michael Solomon Pavilion

 

TDN

Troy Daily News

MSSC

Michael Solomon Support Committee

 

USDA

United Square Dancers of America

MV

Miami Valley

 

WPSDC

Wright Patters Square Dance Club

MVCC

Miami Valley Clogging Club

 

WSDC

Whirlaways Square Dance Club

MVDC

Miami Valley Dance Council

 

YMCA

Young Men's Christian Association

MVDN

Miami Valley Dance News

 

YSYR

Yellow Springs Yellow Rockers

MVFD

Miami Valley Folk Dancers

 

 

 

FAQs about archives:

Why keep an archive?
The archive is the organization's memory. Any one member cannot remember every event that was held, every decision that was made over time. It provides evidence of what has come before. Without an archive we lack a full understanding of what forces have shaped the organization. An individual with no memory is dysfunctional. An organization that lacks a sense of itself over time is equally handicapped. Most obviously this handicap manifests itself as a lack of vision. Without a full picture of the organization and how it has changed, officers and members cannot deal with underlying causes of systemic problems. An archive can also be of practical, everyday use. It gives a factual, evidential, legal foundation to the group and to the members of the group. So when Sgt. Joe Friday asks you: "Where were you at 9 p.m. on the night of July 14, 1983?" you can say "I was dancing." Or when the City tries to condemn the Pavilion, you can prove that numerous people have benefited from its use as a dance hall.

What is an Archive?
An archive is a repository for records of historical value. It is similar to a library and museum, as all three institutions organize and provide access to information. However, they differ in that:

What is a Record?
A record refers to recorded information in any medium, which provides evidence of the activities of an individual, organization, or institution. A record can be

What is an Archivist?
An archivist is a cross between a librarian and a historian.

What is a fond?
Archival collections are referred to as fonds. This is a french term meaning the entire body of records of one person, organization, or institution. A fond may be subdivided into a series. A series refers to a group of similar records which were created, received, or used in the same activity. Example: All of the records of the Treasurer of the MVDC fond could be considered a single series.

What is a finding aid?
A finding aid is a document that describes the contents of a fond.  Finding aids are used to find information within an archival collection. A finding aid:


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Page last updated 01/06/2013. This page maintained by the MVDC Historian, Leslie Hyll.