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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Scrapbooks

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Texas Tech German Dancers:

An Inventory of Its Scrapbooks, 1978-1987, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University
Title: Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbooks,
Dates: 1978-1987
Abstract: The scrapbooks document the activities of the Texas Tech German Dancers organization from 1978-1987.
Collection # U 346.1
Quantity: 1 box (1.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Content

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.

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Organization

The scrapbooks are organized by chronological order.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Kirk, Randy
McClain, Meredith, 1941-
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University. Dept. of Classical and Romance Languages
Subjects
German-Americans--Texas
Dance--Social aspects
Dance--Germany-American--History--20th century

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • La Ventana Negative Collection, 1962-1983 and undated: 1) German and Russian Dancers, 11/2/78; German and Russian Dancers, 11/2/78; German Dancers 4/1/80; German Dancers Performing and Visiting with nursing Home Patients, 10/18/79; German Dancers, 10/30/79; German Dancers, 2/8/79; German Dancers, Civic Center Main Ballroom, 11/13/79; and German Dancers, Home Economics Building, 12/11/78.
  • University Daily Negative Collection, undate: 1) Dean Graves with German Dancers 03/26/1983.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbooks, 1978-1987, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2001-0044-B

Gift, 2001

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, 2009

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Collection Inventory

 

Scrapbooks

box item
1 1 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1978-1979
2 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1980-1981
3 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1982
4 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1983
5 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1984
The black and white photographs in this scrapbook are silvering badly. Photocopies of the photos were made and tucked inside the scrapbook.
box item
1 6 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1985
7 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1986
8 Texas Tech German Dancers Scrapbook, 1987
Tucked inside this scrapbook were seven loose photographs, some having come loose from other scrapbooks, dating from 1978-1987

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