Nancy Lee Ruyter is a dance historian, choreographer, and professor at the University of California, Irvine. This collection
comprises research materials gathered by Ruyter while writing
Reformers and Visionaries: The Americanization of the Art of Dance (1979) and
The Cultivation of Body and Mind in 19th-Century American Delsartism (1999). Additionally, the collection includes clippings, catalogs, and other research materials documenting 19th and 20th
century dance in the United States, African and Balkan dance, opera, musical theatre, and musicals.