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Department of Dance records

Identifier: UA 1140

Scope and Contents

Contains meeting minutes, reports, surveys, reviews, memorada, correspondence, internal reviews, accreditation files, video recordings, and other material produced by the Department of Dance. Includes dance instructions for a wide variety of dances and files related to the Mutual Improvement Association. Materials date from between 1953 and 2012.


  • 1953-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Dance at Brigham Young University was originally established as the Department of Physical Education--Dance in 1980. Prior to that time, dance instruction was administered by the Department of Physical Education for Women, though it was treated as a division of the College of Physical Education. The Deparment of Dance became its own section of the college in 1993. The department provides instruction in dance, dance education, and music-dance-theater.

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Physical Education--Dance was established in 1980 as part of a reorganization of the College of Physical Education. The department provided instruction in dance, dance education, and music-dance-theater. In 1993 the department was renamed the Department of Dance.

Biographical / Historical

The College of Physical Education was formed at Brigham Young University in 1960 in a reorganization of the earlier College of Recreation, Physical and Health Education, and Athletics. The college was responsible for administering academic departments responsible for recreation management, physical and health education, and dance. It also administered intramural sports, and intercollegiate sports until 1975. In 1998 it was renamed the College of Health and Human Performance.


8 boxes (4 linear ft.)

4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into seven series: 1. C. Vern Yates papers, 1953-1973. 2. Department of Dance records on the Mutual Improvement Associations, 1957-1973. 3. Department of Dance records on performance tours, 1980-1984. 4. Department of Dance administrative records, 1954-2012. 5. Department of Dance records on national organizations, 1984-2008. 6. Department of Dance programs, 1981-1997. 7. Department of Dance video recordings on Cougar Clogging Classic, 1986-2005.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in July 2004. Additional materials transferred from the Department of Dance in October 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; July 2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Department of Dance; October 2014.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Rose Frank; 2004.

Processing Information

Processed; Hannah Waddel; January 2015.

  • Employment files for Susanne Davis and Sarah Lee Gibb.
Register of Department of Dance records
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 August 4
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2013 May 3: Revised for DACS compliance;y Sarah Flinders.
  • 2015 January 26: Box added and collection organized on the series level; Hannah Waddel.
  • 2021 June 2: Seventh series added (Cougar Clogging Classic recordings); Jamie Wiser.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US