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Miami Valley Dance Council


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:


Associate Dayton Square Dance Club



Miami Valley Round Dance Club


American Square Dance (a magazine)



National Square Dance Directory


Clinton County Country Squares



New York Times


Concord Cloverleaf Square Dance Club





Clayton Square Dancers



Ohio Corporation of Dance Clubs (aka State Corp)


Dayton Daily News



Portable Document Format


Dayton Folk Dance Club



Round Dance


Dayton Round Dance Club



Round Dance Club


Dayton Square Dance Club



Super Bs Square Dance Club





Square Dance Club


English Country Dance



Sets in Order (Square Dancing) Magazine


Gem City Square Dance Club



Springfield News-Sun


Hoosier Corners Square Dance Club





Hi Point See Saws Square Dance Club





Journal Herald



Shooting Stars Square Dance Club


Kittyhawk Square Dance Club



Star Tribune (MN)


Michael Solomon



Tuesday Afternoon Plus


Michael Solomon Pavilion



Troy Daily News


Michael Solomon Support Committee



United Square Dancers of America


Miami Valley



Wright Patters Square Dance Club


Miami Valley Clogging Club



Whirlaways Square Dance Club


Miami Valley Dance Council



Young Men's Christian Association


Miami Valley Dance News



Yellow Springs Yellow Rockers


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 07/16/2015. This page maintained by the MVDC Historian, Leslie Hyll.