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Christena L. Schlundt papers
UA 075  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Christena L. Schlundt papers
    Date (inclusive): 1936-2003, undated
    Collection Number: UA 075
    Creator: Schlundt, Christena L.
    Source: University of California, Riverside. Department of Dance
    Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection includes documents, correspondence, photographs, and other material regarding Christena L. Schlundt, Professor Emerita of Dance and founding faculty member at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Materials in the collection include items pertaining to the UCR Department of Dance, the study of dance, and modern dancers and choreographers like Ted Shawn and Barton Mumaw.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Christena L. Schlundt papers (UA 075). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Provenance unknown.

    Processing History

    Processed by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant, in 2017.
    Processing of the Christena L. Schlundt papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

    Biographical Note

    Christena L. Schlundt was born May 6, 1922, in La Porte County, Indiana. Schlundt earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1944 from Augustana College, where she taught Physical Education for five years after graduating. In 1953, she was hired to develop the women's section of Physical Education at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and then acquired a PhD from Claremont Graduate School in 1958. Her graduate research focused on 20th cenutry American choreographers such as Ted Shawn, Helen Tamiris, and Doris Humphrey among others.
    In 1972, Schlundt served as Chair of the Dance Program at UCR, which she first helped transfer to the Department of Drama and then saw its evolution into its own Department of Dance. She also established the nation's first Master of Arts degree program in dance history in 1982, and helped the UCR Department of Dance become an internationally recognized center for the study of dance theory and history. In 1981, she earned the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCR Academic Senate. Then in 1991, Schlundt retired from teaching. Her legacy is recognized in the 190-foot UCR mural painted on the Highway 60 underpass at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.
    Christena Schlundt was married to Howard Schlundt, and they had two daughters. She died on October 6, 2004 in Riverside, California.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of programs, correspondence, photographs, and other documents from UC Riverside Professor Emerita of Dance Christena L. Schlundt. Items in the collection relate to the Dance Department at UC Riverside as well as Schlundt's study of and relationships with modern choreographers and dancers, most notably those related to the Denishawn dance company.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is divided into four series as follows:
    • Series 1. UC Riverside Dance Department, 1956-1978, undated
    • Series 2. Dance conferences, program, and related materials, 1936-2003
    • Series 3. Correspondence, 1971-1997
    • Series 4. Photographs, 1981-1987, undated

    Indexing Terms

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


    University of California, Riverside. Department of Dance
    Mumaw, Barton, 1912-2001
    Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972
    St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968

    Genres and Forms of Materials