Texas Tech German Dancers:
An Inventory of Its Scrapbooks, 1978-1987, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
In 1978, a folk dance group was founded under the supervision of Randy Kirk, who served as the director of the newly established German Dancers. As director of the Southwest Center for German Studies at Texas Tech, Dr. Meredith McClain sponsored the group. A name change to the Texas Tech German Dancers was successfully petitioned by Dr. McClain in 1982. Over the years, the dancers traveled throughout the state performing at various events as well as traveling to Europe. The group recieved the distinction of being named "The Texas State German Dancers for 1983" by proclamation of Governor Mark White for being the only U. S. student organization to be invited to participate in the German Tricentennial Commission's celebration in Krefeld, Germany. In 1985, the group was named the Outstanding Organization of 1985 (Special Interest) by the Texas Tech Student Activities/S.O.S. department. The dancers, along with well over 500 other individuals, participated in Lubbock's Sesquicentennial Celebration events in 1986. Then in 1987, the group was invited to participate from May-June in the 750th birthday events for the city of Berlin, Germany.
These scrapbooks were donated by Dr. Meredith McClain, who served as faculty advisor to the Texas Tech German Dancers. She is an Associate Professor of German and, since September 2005, has served as the Founding Director of the Texas Tech University Center in Quedlinburg, Germany. Dr.McClain has been awarded two German medals for her research and promotion of German Studies in the United States.
The donation consists of eight red bound scrapbooks on the activities of the Texas Tech German Dancers group. Included are photographs, news clippings, correspondence, invitations, programs and other memorabilia-type items such as ribbons and brochures.
Conservation note: Overall, the scrapbooks are in good condition and well organized. Future conservation recommendation includes removing the photographs from the glue-strip pages and photocopying the news clippings.
Open for research
Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbooks, 1978-1987, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Collection accession #(s):
Lynn Whitfield, 2009