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Guide to the Beatrice A. Richardson Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Beatrice A. Richardson collection
    Dates: 1906-1997
    Bulk Dates: 1938-1975
    Collection number: D1999.1
    Creator: Richardson, Beatrice A.
    Collection Size: 18.3 linear feet (32 boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Ella Strong Denison Library.
    Claremont, California 91711
    Abstract: Beatrice A. Richardson was the director of both Physical Education and Dance at Scripps from 1938-69. She played a fundamental role in building the Scripps Dance department into a successful and widely recognized program. This collection consists of materials donated to the college after her death. The collection begins in 1906 with Beatrice Richardson's childhood and continues until 1997. It includes materials related to dance and physical education at Scripps, her research and teaching, her involvement at Scripps outside of dance, and her personal life. The collection also includes photographic documentation of the Scripps dance program and her own research.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Denison Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Beatrice A. Richardson collection. Ella Strong Denison Library, Libraries of The Claremont Colleges.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Beatrice Richardson Estate, 1999.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Elizabeth Gallagher, Scripps College, 2002-2005.


    1900? Born in Hampton, New Hampshire
    1906-1918 Grade schools in Newtonville, Massachusetts; Erie and Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York
    1918? Graduated from Oil City High School, Oil City, Pennsylvania; left home for secretarial school in Detroit
    1926 Received B.S. in Dance and Physical Education from University of Wisconsin in Madison
    1926-27 Instructor of Rhythm and Dance, State Teachers College, Macomb, Illinois
    1927-31 Director of Dance, University of Nebraska in Lincoln
    1931-32 Graduate Fellowship, Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, Michigan
    1932 Received M.A. in Psychology from University of Wisconsin in Madison
    1932-35 Director of Recreation at State School for the Deaf in Delevan, Wisconsin
    1935 Traveled to Mexico by car to observe native rituals
    1935 Director of Physical Education and Dance, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
    1936, 1938 Summer dance workshops at Teachers College, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, using creative movement techniques
    1938 Appointed Associate Professor and Director of Physical Education at Scripps College, asked to "build dance interest"
    1941 Scripps College co-sponsored regional Dance Symposium
    1941 Became Honorary Member of Scripps College Class of 1941
    1944 Began children's dance classes on weekends and during summer
    1956 Reorganized Scripps College Physical Education Program
    1954 Enrolled as graduate student in Latin American Studies at Claremont Graduate University
    1955 4-month sabbatical; traveled to Mexico for cultural studies
    1958 Scripps College opened new dance studio
    1961 Bare Feet published
    1962 Sabbatical: traveled to Europe and the Middle East for cultural studies
    1963 Promoted to full Professor, given title Director of Dance as well as P.E.
    1964 Two Left Feet published in Orton Society Bulletin (now Annals of Dyslexia)
    1969 Dance studio named Beatrice A. Richardson Studio by Scripps Board of Trustees
    1969 Retired from Scripps College
    1970 Granted emeritus status as Professor of Dance
    1970-75 Photographer, Institute of Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California
    1973 Appointed member of Claremont Collegiate Schools Board of Trustees
    1975 Named "Outstanding Alumna," University of Wisconsin in Madison
    1999 Died in Claremont, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains notes, correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and other material related to Beatrice Richardson's private life and to her time as a Professor of Dance and Director of Physical Education at Scripps College. The majority of the material focuses on dance and physical education, including the dance group Orchesis and program data for thirty years of classes. Other material includes extensive research and publications of Beatrice Richardson, personal correspondence and biographical information, and numerous photographs and albums of dance performances and classes at Scripps. The materials in the collection range from 1906 to the late 1990s.
    In processing this collection, materials were generally retained in the file folder in which they were found. Some materials were moved and some folders modified to provide a more accurate division of contents. Most folder titles come from Beatrice Richardson's original titles, although some were altered to provide a more specific description.
    The collection is organized into the following series and subseries:

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Scripps College.
    Physical education teachers
    St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968
    Performing arts and youth