I've had a question and the individual whom I wanted to ask has removed
herself from the scene. She was a collector of folk dance (all genres)
materials from waaaaaaay back when, and had everything either at her mental
finger tips, on her bookshelf, in her notebooks... and I assume in her
record collection as well. She distributed her materials among several
recipient organizations who maintain some sort of archives. Alas, there was
no indication of what is contained in her total collection, what went
where, there is no cross index..... So, in effect,
nothing can be found anymore and all her treasures are - for all practical
purposes - lost.
Several questions I'd like to consider by our gentle readers:
1) What do you plan to do with your own treasures once you don't
need them anymore?
2) Where are those archives, and how accessible are the holdings?
3) How can we all make sure that - at least from now on - not more
things end up as boxes of 'stuff', unappreciated and unusable?
Anyone who has any knowledge of archives of folk dance materials, please
share the details with me - on or off list - and I will attempt a
compilation. Perhaps we can prevent further losses?
What I do know at this time is that there are archives maintained
for the collections of
Ralph Page (at the University of New Hampshire, Durham)
Ted Sannella ( " " " "
Sandy Friedman (" " " "
and some of the archives are
Lloyd Shaw Foundation
Society of Folk Dance Historians (Ron Houston)
National Folk Organisation
I'm sure there are more! Your suggestions are most welcome as well! And
more power to you if you have an up-to-date record of your own holdings...