Orchesis Historical Collection

Archives Record Series: 17/03

Orchesis historical collection, (1940-2011). 12 linear feet.

Organizational History
Orchesis is a student group that has performed and studied dance at the University of Northern Iowa since the late 1920s.  It is among the oldest continuously existing student organizations on campus.

Papers
This collection of papers, photographs, and audio-visual material came to the University Archives in 2005.  It consists of organization records, performance programs, photographs, scrapbooks, newsclippings, and audio-visual material associated with performances.  There are only scattered items relating to the organization previous to 1964.  The collection of records and programs is relatively strong following that date.  Some of the better material is gathered into scrapbooks, but some items were apparently removed from the scrapbooks at some point.  The photograph collection is limited.  Few photographs are identified.  There are few negatives.

The audio-visual material in this collection is extensive, with video and sound recordings in a variety of formats.  Most of the audio-visual material has at least limited labeling, such as the name of a piece of music.  But some of the material is unlabeled.  The arranger of this collection did not attempt to identify unlabeled material by viewing or listening to it.

Professor Cynthia Herndon brought the contents of Box 9 to the University Archives in the summer of 2012.


Container Inventory

Box 1

  • Constitutions of Orchesis
  • Correspondence, programs, minutes, lesson plans, and class handouts, 1962-1998

 

Box 2

  • Correspondence, programs, minutes, lesson plans, and class handouts, 1998-2002 and undated
  • Newsclippings
  • Photographs
  • Audio recordings (titles taken from boxes and reels)
    • Orchesis '95, reel 1, master (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis '95, reel 2, master (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis 1996, Spring Show, Act I (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis 1996, Spring Show, Act II (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis '97, Act I, master (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis '97, Act II, master (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis '97, Act I, back-up (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis '97, Act II, back-up (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis, Spring 1998, reel 1, songs 1-8 (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis, Spring 1998, reel 2, songs 9-15 (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Orchesis, Spring 1998, reel 3, songs 16-19 (7 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Julie and Sue; Up, Up, and Away; Peace of Mind; Impossible Dream (5 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Teresa (5 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Unlabeled (5 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Jeff and Susie (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Body Awareness (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Body Awareness (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Opus (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Clown Alley (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • General Space (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Time (3 1/4 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Wisconsin (?) (3 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Flight (3 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • B. Meredith Jones, summer 1962 (3 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Racing (3 inch reel-to-reel format)
    • Unlabeled (3 inch reel-to-reel format)

 

Box 3

  • Scrapbooks, 1964-1985, 1985-1990, 1990-1992, and 1993-1995

 

Box 4

  • Videotapes (titles taken from boxes or cassettes)
    • Dance, Children, Dance, Orchesis Spring Concert, February 1986 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis 1987-1988 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis and UNI Folk Dancers, Parents Weekend, October 29, 1988 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, March 10-12, 1989 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, 1990-1991, Ottumwa trip and Parents Weekend (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, 1990-1991, Alpine Ski and Patio; Spinners; Men's Club; Accent 7; Sights and Sounds; Spring Concert (VHS format)
    • Orchesis/IDT, Ottumwa Women's Club, Fall 1991 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, Waves of Expression, Friday, March 8, 1991 (VHS format)
    • Joseph Holmes, Chicago Dance Theatre, Master Class, Jazz, November 18, 1991 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, 1991-1992, Alpine Ski and Patio; Spinners; Sights and Sounds; Christmas program, Performance '92 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, 1992-1993, tape 2; Krassayarsk; Sights and Sounds; Spring concert, 1993 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, 1993-1994; semester I; auditions; Homecoming; Parents Weekend; Varsity Men's Glee Club (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, Saturday, March 12, 1994 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, Sunday, March 13, 1994 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, 1993-1994, semester II; Sights and Sounds; Spring concert (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, spring 1995 (VHS format)
    • Dress rehearsal, March 9, 1995 (VHS format)
    • Bright Light, March 10, 1994 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, Friday, March 11, 1994 (VHS format)
    • Varsity Men's Glee Club, 1994, 17th annual Christmas Variety Show, Saturday, 9PM (VHS format)
    • Family Fest weekend concert, 1995 (VHS format)
    • Fall 1995 (3 copies) (VHS format)
    • Spring '96, Friday night (VHS format)
    • Spring '96 (VHS format)
    • New members auditions dance and welcome party, 1997 (VHS format)
    • Orchesis, Spring '98, March 6, 1998 (VHS format)
    • Homecoming '98 (VHS format)
    • Family Fest concert, 1998 (VHS format)
    • Thursday night dress rehearsal, undated (VHS format)
    • Friday night performance, undated (VHS format)
    • Unlabeled (VHS format)

 

Box 5

  • Videotapes (titles taken from box or reel)
    • Orchesis studio program, February 13, 1973 (1/2 inch format)
    • Martha Graham (1/2 inch format)
    • Over, Under, and Around, 2nd grade, Hoops and Balls, M. E. workshop (1/2 inch format)
    • Unlabeled (1/2 inch format)
    • Unlabeled (1/2 inch format)
    • Unlabeled (1/2 inch format)
    • Barb and Choreog. (1/2 inch format)
    • Orchesis, February 21, 1974 (1/2 inch format)
  • Audio Tapes
    • Box of ten audio cassette tapes labeled "2nd half of concert", possibly 1999, with individual tapes labeled:
      • Curtain call, Orchesis '99, (19)
      • Kara Bata, When Doves Cry, (9)
      • Don't Want to Miss a Thing (13)
      • Tori Amos, Winter (17)
      • Kara Bata, Boom Shack-a-Lak ((12)
      • A Summer Place ((10)
      • Talula, (16)
      • Jeff Glasspiece #1, (14)
      • I Wanna be Loved (5)
      • Sarah Plymesses (11)
    • Box of nine audio cassette tapes, mostly unlabeled or illegible, but with some legible labels including:
      • Puppet
      • Wind-up Toy
      • Come, Let us be Joyful
      • Popcorn
      • Hokey Pokey

 

Box 6

  • Audiocassettes (titles taken from cassettes located in smaller box #1)
    • Tonight
    • Bonnie
    • Danse de Mi
    • Let's all be B. B.
    • The Dream
    • Denise K.
    • Deb Smith
    • Gender Contention, Melissa #6
    • Here's to Me
    • Un-Bond-Age
    • Michelle M's
    • The Walk
    • 70 Country Gals
    • Spring Concert '98
    • Spring concert '98
    • Unlabeled
    • Don't Want to Miss a Thing #13
    • I Can't Go On #5 (two copies)
    • Commune of Nature #7
    • Move Your Body, Amber Thompson
  • Audiocassettes (titles taken from cassettes located in smaller box #2)
    • Spring concert, 1985 #1
    • Spring concert, 1985 #2
    • Orchesis, Parents Weekend, October 1985
    • Orchesis spring concert, 1986
    • Orchesis spring, 1987
    • Fashion Show music, 1987
    • Orchesis, 1988
    • Orchesis--dance varieties, 1988
    • Orchesis, spring 1988 or 1989
    • Orchesis, March 1990
    • Orchesis, Parents Weekend, 1990
    • Orchesis, 1991, first half
    • Orchesis, 1991, second half
    • Orchesis, Homecoming, 1993
    • Orchesis, 1993, second half
    • Orchesis, 1994, reel 1
    • Orchesis, 1994, reel 2
    • The Heart Never Says Good-bye
    • Wipeout; We Go Together; Julia; Selections from Impressions
    • Santa Baby Dance-O-Gram
  • Contents of smaller box #3
    • Orchesis badges: 1986-1987; 1987-1988; 1989-1990; 1990-1991; 1991-1992; I (Heart) Orchesis
    • Computer diskettes (titles taken from diskettes)
      • NIYPDT 2
      • NIYPDT 3
      • NIYPDT 4?
      • NIYPDT 5
      • NIYPDT Leah Anderson, U. S. A. and Oceans
      • NIYPDT Robin Schauer lesson plan
      • Young People's Dance Theater budget, 1998
      • Jump rope lesson plan, Wendy F.
      • YTNI, Renee A. Johnson
      • http://www.uni.edu/ypdt
      • Burt
      • Dustin Kay
      • NIYPDT brochure, Lisa Gourley
      • Dustin Kay lesson plan
      • Amy U.
      • NITPDT, Lisa Gourley, traveling lesson, rainbow lesson, T-shirt information
      • YPDT finances
      • NIYPDT lessons, Katherine Young
      • NIYPDT
      • NIYPDT newsletter, Heather
      • Robin Schauer, NIYPDT theme tapes
      • Seven unlabeled diskettes

 

Box 7

  • Orchesis performance posters
  • Northern Iowa Young People's Dance Theatre scrapbook pages
  • Orchesis scrapbook, early years through 1997

 

Box 8 

  • Large boards with photographs of Orchesis members mounted on them

 

Box 9

Orchesis programs

Orchesis annual reports, 1956-1978 (scattered years with long gaps)

Parents Weekend concert programs

Orchesis spring concert programs

Folk Dance Festival programs

Photographs

Performances (VHS videotape format)

  • Fall Parents Weekend, October 1985; spring concert, February 1986
  • Orchesis, fall 1986 and spring 1987
  • Orchesis, 1987-1988
  • Orchesis, 1988-1989 (generall bad tape)
  • Sights and sounds of Cedar Falls, March 1989
  • Parents Weekend, September 23, 1989
  • Orchesis in Motion, March 10, 1990
  • Orchesis in Motion, March 11, 1990
  • Orchesis, 1990-1991
  • Parents Weekend, fall 1991
  • Orchesis, 1991-1992 (Alpine Ski and Patio; Sights and Sounds; Christmas program; spring concert performance)
  • Orchesis, 1992-1993 (Tape I)
  • Orchesis, 1992-1993 (Tape II)
  • Orchesis, 1993-1994, semester II; Sights and Sounds, spring concert
  • Orchesis, fall 1994
  • Orchesis, spring 1995
  • Orchesis, spring 1996
  • Orchesis, 1998
  • Orchesis, spring 2000

Material processed and finding aid written by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, March-April 2007; last modified:  May 8, 2012 (GP).


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