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Ruth Beckford papers, 1918-2015 (bulk 1984-2011)
BANC MSS 2015/206 oversize folder 1; BANC MSS 2015/206 carton 1; BANC MSS 2015/206 carton 2; BANC MSS 2015/206 carton 3; ...
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Title:

Ruth Beckford papers, 1918-2015 (bulk 1984-2011)

Creator/Contributor:

Beckford, Ruth, creator, creator.

Abstract:

Contains professional and personal materials mostly from Ruth Beckford's later life, 1990-2011. Career related materials include her journal, notes, programs, ads, clippings, of projects and activities, posters, etc. Personal material includes family documents such as original birth certificates, school certificates, citizenship papers, and copies of other legal documents. Audio-visual materials mostly cover her career and include oral histories and interviews on VHS cassette tapes, audiocassettes, 1/4 inch audiotapes, and one 8mm reel of film.

Date:

1984 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-ca -- n-us---
Beckford, Ruth -- Archives
Beckford, Ruth -- Diaries
African American women choreographers -- United States
African American women choreographers -- California -- Oakland
African American women dancers -- United States
African American women dancers -- California -- Oakland

Note:

Carton 2-3: UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form.
Ruth Beckford papers, BANC MSS 2015/206, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase ; Ruth Beckford ; 20151104.
Pictorial material transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
Ruth Beckford was born on December 7, 1925, in Oakland, California, to Cora and Felix Beckford. She began dancing at age three with Florelle Batsford, who taught Beckford ballet, flamenco, hula, baton, toe-tap and acrobatics over the next 15 years. In 1943, Beckford toured with the legendary Katherine Dunham. In 1947, Beckford became the first black member of the Orchesis Modern Dance Honor Society at the University of California, Berkeley. She founded the first recreational modern dance department in the United States at the Oakland Department of Parks and Recreation that same year. In 1950, she helped found the Oakland Dance Association. In 1953, Beckford taught at the Katherine Dunham School in New York and opened the Ruth Beckford African-Haitian Dance Company. In 1990, Beckford turned her attention toward serving the less fortunate members of society. She counseled homeless people at the Berkeley office of the Department of Social Services until 1997, when she became a life skills counselor at the Oakland Private Industry Council. In 2000, she became the president of the African American Museum Library Coalition.
In English.

Type:

Diaries.

Physical Description:

3.76 (3 1

Language:

English

Identifier:

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/unprocessed-collections-form
BANC MSS 2015/206 oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 2015/206 carton 1
BANC MSS 2015/206 carton 2
BANC MSS 2015/206 carton 3
BANC MSS 2015/206
BANC MSS 2015/206

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

Carton 2-3: UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form.