Evelyn Lockman Papers MS-0363

Kim Schwenk
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Evelyn Lockman Papers
Creator: Lockman, Evelyn (Lockman, Evelyn Elizabeth)
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0363
Physical Description: 6.60 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1929-1989
Date: Date acquired: 04/16/2003
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The Evelyn Lockman Papers document the career of an internationally recognized modern, jazz, and world dance performer and teacher. The collection includes correspondence, San Diego State University Department of Dance and Theatre materials, international and national professional activities, professional writings, teaching material, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.  The papers are arranged in six series: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Writings, Professional Activities, Teaching Materials, Photographs, and Audio Recordings.
Series I: Biographical Materials The Biographical Materials series contains curriculum vitae, interviews, news articles about Evelyn Lockman, and various scrapbooks.
Series II. Correspondence The Correspondence series includes letters from colleagues, students, and administrative contacts from 1943-1974.  Correspondence also includes letters from Mansell Brooks Lockman, Evelyn's mother.
Series III. Writings The Writings are mostly articles for newsletters, but includes the typescript drafts for Lockman's dissertation, "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance," 1960. Part of the manuscripts are titled "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Movement," 1960. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series IV. Professional Actiivities The files in the Professional Activities series are administrative and conference related organizations which Evelyn Lockman participated in between 1974-1986.  The materials include conference materials, scrapbooks, and correspondence.
Series V. Teaching Materials Evelyn Lockman taught at San Diego State University in the dance department from 1948-1977.  The Teaching Materials represent teaching syllabus and performance activities during her tenure at SDSU.
Series VI. Photographs The Photographs series includes black and white, color, and negative photographic materials of portraits of Evelyn Lockman, performances with Lockman and students, photographs of instruction both in the United States and internationally, and events.  The photographs date mainly from the 1930s-1960s.
Series VII. Audio Recordings The Audio Recordings series contains a reel-to-reel recording of an interview with Evelyn Lockman produced by Voice of America. The recordings are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.

Arrangement Note

I. Biographical Materials
II. Correspondence
III. Writings
IV. Professional Activities
V. Teaching Materials
VI. Photographs
VII. Audio Recordings

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. The Audio Recordings found in Series 7 are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Source of Acquisition

Thelma M. Thompson

Accruals and Additions

2003-038, 2002-014

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Evelyn Lockman Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Processing Information

2003-038 added to processed collection in 2014.

Biographical Note

Evelyn Elizabeth Lockman, professor of dance at San Diego State University from 1948-1977, was instrumental in establishing the dance major at SDSU. Lockman was an internationally known dancer and choreographer, who promoted dance arts, and received many awards for her performances and teaching.
She was born in Bolivar, Tennesse and began her dance career at an early age. She graduated with an undergraduate in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in Physical Education from the George Peabody College for Teachers. She continued teaching in New York, Bowling Green University in Ohio, University of Southwestern Louisiana as chair of the dance department, and eventually at San Diego State University in 1977. She was later approved for full professorship at SDSU after completing her dissertation, "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance" and retired from academia.
Lockman was deeply committed to reviving and advocating for international dance forms, spending time educating and performing in Bolivia, China, India, Thailand, and Korea. Even after her retirement, she continued teaching mainly in the international dance areas. She was very involved with the International Dance Association and World Congress of the the International Society for Education through Art. She also was appointed to the dance commitee for the Asian Games and the Korean Olympic Committee for the 1986 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
The National Dance Association reorganized in the 1970s and Lockman became the first president of the organization. She initiated the publication of the newsletter, "Spotlight on Dance." Because of her many achievements abroad, she was recognized by the National Dance Association with the 23rd Heritage Honoree award in 1986. Her accomplishments and mentoring were also celebrated in the town of Lafayette, Louisiana, as the mayor of Lafayette proclaimed April 11th as Evelyn Lockman Day.
Evelyn Lockman died at the age of 81, in San Diego, CA on September 4, 1991.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography
Dance--Study and teaching
Dancers--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Dance teachers--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
San Diego State University. College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.
Lockman, Evelyn Elizabeth


Biographical Materials Series 1

box 1, folder 1

Awards and Recognitions Folder 1

box 1, folder 2

Curriculum Vitae Folder 2 1948-1991

box 1, folder 3

Diplomas Folder 3

box 1, folder 4

Newsclippings Folder 4

box 1, folder 5

Newsclippings Folder 5

box 1, folder 6

Yearbook - "Milestone" Folder 6 1929

box 2, folder 1

Promotional letters Folder 1 1964-1984

box 2, folder 2

Van Oteghen, Sharon. An Oral History of AAHPERD Retired Leaders Interview with Professor Evelyn Lockman, Oral History Research Office, Memphis State University Folder 2 May 23, 1989

box 2, folder 3

Van Oteghen, Sharon. An Oral History of AAHPERD Retired Leaders Interview with Professor Evelyn Lockman, Oral History Research Office, Memphis State University Folder 3 May 23, 1989

box 2, folder 4

Evelyn Elizabeth Lockman - Transcription of oral history tape, draft, National Dance Association, Interviewed by Miriam Grey Folder 4 April 4, 1984

box 2, folder 5

Evelyn Elizabeth Lockman - Transcription of oral history tape, draft, National Dance Association, Interviewed by Miriam Grey Folder 5 April 4, 1984

box 7, item 1

Various clippings from disbound scrapbook Item 1 1940-1950s

box 7, item 2

American Dance Scrap Book Item 2 1930s

box 9, item 1

Awards and Recognition, plaques Item 1

box 2

Correspondence Series 2

box 2, folder 6

General Folder 6 1943-1974

box 2, folder 7

Lockman, Mansell Brooks (mother) Folder 7 1943-1948


Writings Series 3

box 2, folder 8

"Contemporary Dance Guidebook" - Typescript Folder 8

box 2, folder 9

"Dance Craft" - Drafts Folder 9

box 2, folder 10

"Evelyn Lockman and Dance in Cajun Louisiana" Folder 10 1986

box 3

"Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance" Sub-Series 4

box 3, folder 1

Pre-classic notes and bibliography, appendix Folder 1 c. 1960

box 3, folder 2

Preface and chapter outlines Folder 2 c. 1960

box 3, folder 3

Partial draft Folder 3 c. 1960

box 3

"Manual on the Teaching of Creative Movement" Sub-Series 2

box 3, folder 4

Chapter typescript drafts Folder 4 c. 1960

box 3, folder 5

Pre-classic dance forms - Appendix Folder 5 c. 1960

box 3, folder 6

Pre-classic dance forms - Appendix Folder 6 c. 1960

box 4, folder 1

"Salute to Arbeau's Orchesographe and a Selected Group of Early Masterpieces in Dance Literature Folder 1 1988

box 4, folder 2

"What is the State's Responsibility for Effective Recruitment of the Most Promising High School Graduates and for the Selective Admission of an Appropriate Number to Teacher-Preparing Institutions?" Folder 2


Professional Activities Series 4

box 4, folder 3

American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Conference materials Folder 3 1973

box 4, folder 4

American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation - 88th Anniversary Convention Folder 4 1973

box 4, folder 5

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 97th Anniversary National - Southern District Convention Folder 5 April 22-27, 1982

box 4, folder 6

International Council on Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Correspondence, bulletin Folder 6 1971-1988

box 4, folder 7

International Council on Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Correspondence, bulletin Folder 7 1989

box 4, folder 8

National Dance Association Folder 8 1974-1986

box 4, folder 9

National Dance Association - "Spotlight on Dance" newsletter Folder 9 1975-1981

box 4, folder 10

General activities Folder 10 1952-1978

box 8, item 1

Evelyn Lockman, Heritage Honoree Scrap Book, Cloth bound Item 1 1986

box 5

Teaching Materials Series 5

box 5, folder 1

San Diego State University - Dance Department and Modern Dance Club Folder 1 1949-1974

box 5, folder 2

San Diego State University - Modern Dance Club Folder 2 1955-1965

box 5, folder 3

Syllabi, class notes, and bibiographies Folder 3 1947-1967

box 5, folder 4

Dance programs Folder 4 1950-1965

box 5, folder 5

Untitled poem to Evelyn Lockman from dance students Folder 5


Photographs Series 6

box 5, folder 6

Coaching photographs Folder 6

box 5, folder 7

International students Folder 7

box 5, folder 8

International students Folder 8

box 5, folder 9

Evelyn Lockman, portraits Folder 9

box 5, folder 10

Evelyn Lockman, portraits Folder 10

box 5, folder 11

Evelyn Lockman, portraits Folder 11

box 6, folder 1

Evelyn Lockman, portraits Folder 1

box 6, folder 2

Evelyn Lockman, portraits Folder 2

box 6, folder 3

Evelyn Lockman, performances Folder 3

box 6, folder 4

Stand-up black and white picture of Evelyn Lockman Folder 4

box 6, folder 5

Performances Folder 5

box 6, folder 6

Performances Folder 6

box 6, folder 7

Performances Folder 7

box 6, folder 8

Performances Folder 8

box 6, folder 9

Performances Folder 9

box 6, folder 10

Performances Folder 10

box 6, folder 11

Performances Folder 11

box 6, folder 12

Performances Folder 12

box 6, folder 13

Recognitions and conferences Folder 13

box 6, folder 14

Teaching photographs Folder 14

box 6, folder 15

Negatives Folder 15

box 10, folder 1

Oversize photographs, including: portraits of Evelyn Lockman and performances Folder 1

box 11

Audio Recordings Series 7

Scope and Contents

The Audio Recordings found in Series 7 are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.
box 11, folder 1

Voice of America - Interview with Miss Lockman [Evelyn] - Reel-to-reel audio recording Folder 1 c. 1950s