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Sandra Bagnall collection on Millicent Hamburger, 1928-2009 LSC.2175
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Sandra Bagnall collection on Millicent Hamburger
    Collection number: 2175
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 14.2 linear ft. (15 document boxes; 3 record cartons; 4 shoeboxes; 3 flat boxes; 3 oversize flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1928-2009
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English; 1 volume in German.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Bagnall, Sandra
    Creator: Mayes, Elaine

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL AND AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sandra Bagnall Collection on Millicent Hamburger (Collection 2175). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7992939 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of James Bagnall, 2013.


    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.
    Sandra Humble Bagnall was a student of Millicent Hamburger and a member of the Acalanes Dance Group. Her documentary film about these experiences, When I Dance, was completed in 2002.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials gathered by Sandra Bagnall during the production of her film When I Dance, about the modern dance program at Acalanes High School and its director, Millicent Hamburger. Materials include production files; correspondence; photographic prints, negatives, and slides; audio and moving image recordings of Acalanes performances, dancers, class reunions, and interviews; and ephemera such as concert posters and programs for Acalanes performances. Many of the photographs have been taken by Elaine Mayes. Also included are personal papers and books from the library of Millicent Hamburger.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection has been organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. When I Dance production files
      • Subseries 1.1. Process and treatments
      • Subseries 1.2. Recording logs
      • Subseries 1.3. Funding and legal documents
      • Subseries 1.4. Screenings and press
    • Series 2. Correspondence
    • Series 3. Class material
    • Series 4. Photographs
    • Series 5. Recordings

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hamburger, Millicent
    Dance teachers--United States.
    Modern dance--United States.