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Bagnall (Sandra) collection on Millicent Hamburger, 1928-2009
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Millicent Hamburger was a modern dance teacher who taught at Acalanes High School, in the Bay Area town of Lafayette, California, for three decades. This collection contains production files, correspondence, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and ephemera generated or collected from Hamburger's archive by one of her former students, Sandra Bagnall, during the creation of the documentary film, When I Dance. Also included are Hamburger's personal papers and books from her library on dance.
Millicent Hamburger (born 1903) was raised in New York, graduated from Smith College and received her M.A. in English from Columbia University. While at Columbia, she began studying with Ethel Mandell, a student of the Isadora Duncan School, and later accepted a teaching position in dance at the settlement houses in New York City. In 1941, Hamburger relocated to Lafayette, California (in the Bay Area), where she taught English and directed the modern dance group at Acalanes High School for three decades. The Acalanes Dance Group gave two performances a year, in the winter and spring, and was well- loved by generations of Acalanes dancers. Retiring and returning to New York in 1970, she nonetheless returned annually to Lafayette for dance reunions with her former students. Hamburger passed away in Orient, New York on 1 June 2004.
14.2 Linear Feet (15 document boxes; 3 record cartons; 4 shoeboxes; 3 flat boxes; 3 oversize flat boxes)
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