Guide to the Elizabeth Selden Dance Collection

Processed by Joanna Lamb;machine-readable finding aid created by Joanna Lamb
Special Collections and Archives
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Elizabeth Selden dance collection
Date: 1923-1930 and undated,
Collection Number: MS-P022
Creator: Selden, Elizabeth S., 1888, collector.
Extent: .4 linear feet, (1 box)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection includes materials collected by modern dance choreographer, theorist, and critic Elizabeth Selden.

Important Information for Researchers


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Selden dance collection. MS-P022. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sunni Bloland and Nancy Lee Ruyter, 1995.

Custodial History

This collection was created by Elizabeth Selden and held by Sunni Bloland, a friend and colleague of Selden's. Sunni Bloland transferred the records to UC Irvine dance faculty member Nancy Ruyter, who in turn donated them to the UC Irvine Special Collections Department.

Processing History

Processed by Joanna Lamb, 2009.

Historical Background

Elizabeth Selden was a dance choreographer, theorist, and critic with a modern dance focus. She published two works related to dance theory and criticism in the 1930s.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes materials collected by modern dance choreographer, theorist, and critic Elizabeth Selden. The collection comprises primarily undated dance photographs and clippings of dancers from various unknown sources. The photographs and clippings include a number of notable images and dances from choreographers such as Martha Graham, Margaret Gage, Ruth St. Denis, as well as Selden's own work. Additionally, the collection contains loose plates from Selden's book, The Dancer's Quest: Essays on the Aesthetic of Contemporary Dance, sketches, two dance programs, a performance flyer, and one Dance Observer newsletter from 1930.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by material type.

Related Collections

Related materials can be found in the Ruth Clark Lert Dance Library and Archive.

Indexing Terms

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


Dance -- Archives

Genres and Formats of Materials

Photographic prints

Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1-3

Clippings 1923, 1929-1930, and undated

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Loose plates undated

Box : Folder 1 : 5-8

Photographs undated

Box : Folder 1 : 9

Photographs 1929, 1930, and undated

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Sketches undated