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Finding Aid for the Allegra Fuller Snyder papers, 1960-2010
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Allegra Fuller Snyder papers
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2010
    Collection number: 1881
    Creator: Snyder, Allegra Fuller
    Extent: 107 boxes (54 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Research, personal and professional files of Allegra Fuller Snyder, professor emeritus and past chair of UCLA Dance Department and World Arts and Cultures. Her research areas included performance dance, dance ethnology, dance therapy, and film as a method of preserving and documenting dance.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Allegra Fuller Snyder.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Marcia Melkonian in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, March 2012.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia.  

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Allegra Fuller Snyder papers (Collection 1881). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6930320 


    Allegra Fuller Snyder, an early Chair of UCLA's Dance Department (1974-1980, Spring 1984, and 1990-1991), founding Coordinator / Chair for the Ethnic Arts Program cum World Arts and Cultures Department (1972-1983), Chair of the Faculty of the School of Arts (1989-1991), and Professor of Dance/Dance Ethnology retired from UCLA in 1991. She was long-active with the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) and the National Endowment of Arts, dance division.
    Snyder's areas of interest include: performance dance, dance ethnology, dance therapy, and film as a method of preserving/documenting dance. An early advocate of dance preservation on film for use in education, she produced historical films about Mary Wigman and about Baroque dance, a performance dance film about Margalit Oved Marshall. Her husband, film documentarian Robert Snyder, cooperated with her in the making of an ethnographic film about the Philippine dance troupe Bayanihan. She was a key consultant on "Dancing" for Thirteen WNET.
    Snyder attended the School of American Ballet (1941-1947), received her BA in dance from Bennington College (1951), and earned her MA in dance from UCLA (1967). The only living child of R. Buckminster Fuller, she was born Aug. 18, 1927 in Chicago, IL. She was the founder and first president of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, presently located in Brooklyn NY.

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes the research, personal and professional files of Allegra Fuller Snyder, professor emeritus and past chair of the UCLA Dance Department and the World Arts and Cultures Department. It is evident in her files that AFS's professional and personal endeavors are often indistinct.
    The collection is arranged in four series: personal organizational files, UCLA administrative papers, performance programs, and research materials and organizations files.
    The personal organizational files are Snyder's files as she maintained them for her own use. They include obituaries, and articles about and correspondence with friends and colleagues. The transcript for an oral history interview of Snyder is located here.
    UCLA administrative papers include Snyder's academic papers, university newsletters, and UCLA committee and faculty papers. The early years of the Dance Department and development of the Ethnic Arts Program cum World Arts and Cultures (WAC) department are addressed, here.
    Performance programs is a collection of several decades of published ephemera of performances that Snyder attended.
    Research materials and organizations files include information and correspondence about students, colleagues, research, and her father, R. Buckminster Fuller. As a member of a large number of organizations, Snyder's products from her research (presentations, lectures, articles, descriptions of films, photos, audio tapes) are included. There are substantial files that address the years that Snyder was active with the Congress on Research in Dance and serving as a panelist for the dance division of the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Humanities. Her research with the Yaqui Indians and dance preservation and education through film are represented.
    Snyder maintained her files alphabetically and by date, for the most part. There were many instances of overlapping and incongruous filing styles (ex. recent to old, old to recent) that may have been due to changing office assistants. Sometimes the items were just placed in a new folder while another existed for it, starting a new series. Discrete groupings of files were formed as they were moved into storage.
    Initialisms and Acronyms used in Snyder's Research
    • AADC - Association of American Dance Companies
    • AADE - Australian Association for Dance Education
    • AAHPER - American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
    • AAUW - American Association of University Women
    • ADF - American Dance Festival
    • ADG - American Dance Guild (see NDG)
    • ADTA - American Dance Therapy Association
    • AFS - Allegra Fuller Snyder
    • AISC - American Indian Studies Center
    • APASI - Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute
    • APPEX - Asian Pacific Performance Exchange Program
    • ARS - Artists Rights Society
    • ASA - African Studies Association
    • AWARE - Association for Women's Active Return to Education
    • CAFAM - Craft and Folk Art Museum
    • CCA - California Confederation of the Arts
    • CCDC - City Contemporary Dance Company
    • CCDR - Cross Cultural Dance Resources
    • CDEA - California Dance Educators Association
    • CDF - Colorado Dance Festival
    • CID - Conseil International de la Danse (see also IDC)
    • CMER - Center for Movement Education and Research
    • CODA - Council of Dance Administrators
    • CORD - Congress on Research in Dance (earlier known as Committee on Research in Dance)
    • CSSSA - California State Summer School for the Arts
    • CTA - California Teachers Association
    • CUCC - Committee on Undergraduate Courses and Curricula
    • DCA - Dance Critics Association
    • DDBP - Dance Database Project
    • DEF - Dance Ethnology Forum
    • DESIN - Dance Ethnology Service Information Network
    • DFA - Dance Films Association, Inc.
    • DHC - Dance Heritage Coalition
    • DNB - Dance Notation Bureau
    • DRC - Dance Resource Center
    • DSLA - Dance South LA Project
    • EFLA - Educational Film Library Association, Inc.
    • IAC - Institute of American Cultures
    • ICTM - International Council for Traditional Music
    • IDA - International Documentary Association
    • IDC - International Dance Council (see also CID)
    • IDII - Isadora Duncan International Institute
    • IFMC - International Folk Music Council
    • ISOMATA - Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts
    • ISOP - International Studies and Overseas Programs UCLA
    • ITI - International Theatre Institute (Unesco)
    • JOHPER - Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation
    • LAADA - Los Angeles Area Dance Alliance
    • LACAE - Legislative Action Coalition for Arts Education
    • NARB - National Association for Regional Ballet
    • NARF - Native American Rights Fund
    • NASD - National Association of Schools of Dance
    • NCA - National Council on the Arts
    • NDG - National Dance Guild (see ADG)
    • NEA - National Endowment for the Arts
    • NEH - National Endowment for the Humanities
    • NIPAD - National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance
    • NRCD - National Resource Centre for Dance
    • PAF - Performing Arts Friendship Mission of Japan
    • PAW - Performing Arts Workshop
    • SASHM - Society for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement
    • SAVICOM - Society for the Anthropology of Visual Communication
    • SDHS - San Diego High School
    • SDSU - San Diego State University
    • SEM - Society for Ethnomusicology
    • SGSR - Society for General Systems Research
    • TAASP - The Association for the Anthropological Study of Play
    • WAC - World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA
    • WDA - World Dance Alliance

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Personal Organizational Files
    2. UCLA Administrative Papers
    3. Performance Programs
    4. Research Materials and Organizations Files

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Snyder, Allegra Fuller --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of World Arts and Cultures --Officials and employees --Archival resources.
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Dance --Officials and employees --Archival resources.
    Congress on Research in Dance.
    Women dancers --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.