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SQUARE DANCE FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND
 
ARCHIVAL INVENTORY
 
LOCATED IN THE SDFNE ARCHIVES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SPECIAL COLLECTION
 
BOOKS: Over 1285 books describing the many different dance styles, including Folk Dance, Eastern Square Dance aka Traditional, Modern American Western Square Dance, Round dance, and Line Dance, make up the nucleus of the library.
 
MAGAZINES: 6780 National and State Folk, Traditional, and Modern Square Dance publications are on file. It is the most complete collection in existence.
 
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS: Historical print material records past and current dance programs. Includes promotions to help communities and health research organizations; public service awards to individuals; and other notable events.
 
MUSIC RECORDS: 30,000 square and round dance records (in sizes 78 – 45 – 33 1/3 rpm), and vintage albums are on display.
 
VIDEOS & CD’S: Present both a visual and audio history of Dance festivals, Dance Camps, Dance Conventions, Square Dance Fashion Shows, and Special Dances.
 
SOUND EQUIPMENT:    Vintage square dance caller equipment from a megaphone to the highly specialized electronic microphones and sound systems.
 
DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY: Choreography notebooks, square dance caller schools syllabi, and innovative modern choreography are abundant.
 
PHOTOS: An extensive collection features Callers, Cuers, Dance Leaders, and Clubs from all the New England States.
 
ARTWORK: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Lithographs, sculpture, felt banners, fabric banners, needlework (all pertaining to dance) augment the collections.
 
DANCE COSTUMES: A vintage collection (1940’s – 1950’s) and a current dance costume collection (1960’s – 2011) for men, women, teens and children is the most extensive or any known in the U.S.A. Many New England dancers made their own dance costumes. Others purchased their dance costumes from dance clothing manufacturers in different states. There is a collection of square dance patterns for those knowledgeable in the art of sewing.
 
DANCE ACCESSORIES: (1940’S – 2011) The changing styles for both men & women through the decades were accompanied by different dance accessories. Dance conventions and dance celebrations have their own unique accessories.
 
HISTORICAL DISPLAY BOARDS: This is a time line tracing the most complete history of the square dance historical evolution.
New England Square & Round Dance Convention materials from 1959 to 2010, 51 years.
New England Square & Round Dance Convention banners from 1977 to 2012.
Club Traveling banners from 350 clubs.
Photo/scrapbooks from 168 clubs.

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We welcome the donation of any dance related collectible item from any source. All such donations are acknowledged in writing. The Library/Museum Committee has full control and authority over the collection. The Committee is responsible for the organization, display, record keeping, disposition, and storage of materials.

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OCTOBER 2014
LES GOTCHER CALLS SQUARE DANCES
FOR MOVIE STARS
 
In 1916, at age 11, Les Gotcher called his first square dance. He worked on western ranches and became a rodeo performer. His wife started working in motion pictures and he followed in 1953, mostly in westerns with stars of the day. He was a good rider and could double. His wife appeared in many Gable films including “Gone with the Wind”. His first picture he choreographed and called in was “Night Train to Memphis” starring Roy Acuff, by Republic in 1938. He organized a group of dancers for many square dance scenes in the movies. Movies he was involved in were: “Bad Bascomb”, “Dakota”. “Duel in the Sun”, Copper Canyon”, East Side – West Side”, “Duchess of Idaho”, “Square Dance Jubilee” and “The Windjammer”. He initiated the Hash calling. He put together a horse (with rider) square dance. He made the very first record that McGregor ever recorded. He called at the homes and ranches of many stars. In the mid 40’s, before the advent of television in Hollywood, he called on a one hour radio show called “Hollywood Barn Dance” on KNX and another very successful radio show with a group in Chicago called the “WLS Barn Dance”. 

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