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Finding Aid to the Mildred Walter Manuscripts and Papers MS.236
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Mildred Walter (1896-1993) was a Spanish teacher in Los Angeles public high schools, and an avid fan of traditional Mexican costumes and folk dances. Mildred and her husband Keamer Walter danced in performances in Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s. This collection of manuscripts and papers created and collected by Mildred Walter spans from 1933-1986 and includes correspondence, personal papers, business and travel papers, lecture and draft manuscripts, and research files.
Mildred Josephine Hall was born on 1896 May 28 in Canada and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Mildred married R. H. (Robert Henry) Keamer Walter in 1917, and the couple moved to Los Angeles in 1921. Mildred taught Spanish in the Los Angeles public schools until her retirement in 1941. Mildred developed a strong interest in Mexican folk dances and costumes and compiled an annotated list on Mexican folk culture and a 112-page manuscript titled Dances of Mexico. According to Mrs. Walter, Dances of Mexico" was written by her in the 1950s and 1960s and reflects her experiences observing dances on approximately 40 trips to Mexico as well as additional research in libraries in the United States and Mexico. Together, Mildred and Keamer traveled through and collected information on folklore and dances in all states of Mexico. The Walters’ repeated travels through Mexico culminated in a collection of Mexican cultural items such as artwork, baskets, men’s and women’s costumes, dolls, jewelry, masks, pottery, toys, and wood carvings. The Walters called their collection Museo Mexicano Mildre and they would open this collection in their home and give lectures and slide shows by appointment.
5.3 Linear feet (9 boxes)
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