Austin History Center

Austin Scottish Country Dancers Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Scottish Country Dancers
Title: Austin Scottish Country Dancers Records
Inclusive Dates: 1980-2000
Abstract: The collection highlights the activities of the Austin Scottish Country Dancers from 1980 through 2000.
Identification: AR.2005.006
Quantity: 2 linear feet (1 document box and 3 scrapbooks)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Scottish Country Dancers (officially known as the Austin Scottish Country Dance Society) began in the mid-1970s in Austin, Texas to promote and preserve Scottish heritage and dance. The group is a member of the Royal Scottish Dance Society of Scotland. During the late 1970s and 1980s the group was led by instructors Sarah Harriman, Bill Smith and Steve Monson. The group teaches dance classes and workshops that are open to the public, hosts several social gatherings (Ceilidhs) a year and is available for hire to perform at festivals and events.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of four scrapbooks (one was disassembled because of preservation concerns) that document the activities of the Austin Scottish Country Dancers from 1980 to 2000. The scrapbook contain photographs, newspaper clippings, event flyers, brochures and programs that highlight the various events that the Scottish Country Dancers held or participated in throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to the scrapbooks the collection contains an early history of the organization written by Bill Smith and marketing materials such as press releases, brochures, flyers and photographs promoting Austin Scottish Country Dancers events and services.


Arranged into 3 series:
I. History
II. Marketing Materials
III. Scrapbooks


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Boardman, Sarah.
Galloway, Rosemary.
Galloway, Bill.
Harriman, Sarah.
Lobaugh, Nancy.
Monson, Steve.
Scott, Ida.
Smith, Bill.
Smith, Maureen.
Stoors, Alex.
Stoors, Jean.
Austin Scottish Country Dancers.
Austin Scottish Country Dance Society.
Austin (Tex.)
Scottish dancing--Texas--Austin--Societies, etc.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Subject - Austin Scottish Country Dancers D0200 (16)


  • The Ghillies Gazette (newsletter of the Austin Scottish Dance Society)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The majority of the collection was donated by a single former member of the organization. The 1981 press releases were found in the Austin Rowing Club collection and transferred to this collection (member of the Rowing Club was also a member of the Scottish Country Dancers.)

Preferred Citation

Austin Scottish Country Dancers Records (AR.2005.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1987/086, DO/2003/017

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

One of the 1991 photo albums was disassembled and the photographs were sleeved and foldered because the album was in poor condition.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. History, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Early years of Scottish Country Dancing, undated

II. Marketing Materials, 1981, 1991-1992

Box Folder
1 2 Robert Burns Birthday Ceilidh brochures, 1996, undated
3 Scottish Music Workshop flyers, 1992-1994, undated
Wee Bit O' Scotland, undated
Box Folder
1 4 Narrative, undated
5 Brochures and prices, undated
6 Press releases, 1981
7 Photographs, circa 1990s
Location Photo
Outer Vault Archives Collections Negatives, circa 1990s
Box Folder
1 8 Music, 1992

III. Scrapbooks, 1980-2000

Oversized Volumes 1980-1990
1991 (disassembled),
Box Folder
1 9 "One Fun Dance Social", 1991
10 Wells Branch Festival, 1991 June
11 Bastrop Fourth of July Festival, 1991
12 Mo-Ranch Days of the Scots, 1991 September
13 Murchison Junior High, 1991 October
14 Elgin Hogeye Festival, 1991 October 25
15 13th Annual St. Andrews Ball, 1991 December
16 Sunday brunch, 1991 December 8
17 Unidentified event, circa 1991
18 Hogmanay social, 1991 December 31
19 New Years at the Galloway's, 1992
20 Cake, circa 1991
Oversized Volume 1993-2000