Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Dance Program Records, 1967-1985  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Title
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Dance Program Records
Dates
1967-1985 (inclusive)
1973-1984 (bulk)
Quantity
1.2 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
5807-03
Summary
Records concerning dance performances and dance instruction sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains the City's parks, shorelines, and boulevards; and administers community centers, public golf courses, and other athletic and cultural facilities. Seattle's first park was established in 1884 after David Denny donated land to the City for that purpose. At that time, a three-member park committee, with limited authority, was created to manage the nascent park system. A Board of Parks Commissioners was established in 1890 with control over all public parks and authority to appoint a Parks Superintendent. In 1896, the City Charter created the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sewers and Parks. The Parks Department became a separate entity in 1904. In 1926, a City Charter amendment abolished the position of Superintendent, distributing its responsibilities between the Head Gardener and the Landscape Architect. A 1948 City Charter amendment required the Board of Park Commissioners to appoint a park superintendent to administer the department. In 1967, another City Charter Amendment reconstituted the Board as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, changed the agency name to Department of Parks and Recreation, and placed fiscal and operational administration under the superintendent. In 1902 the City hired the Olmsted Brothers, the country's premier landscape architectural firm, to design a parks and boulevards system. Although not all of the plan was implemented, the Olmsted legacy is evident in many of Seattle's parks and boulevards. The City acquired significant amounts of property for park purposes following the turn of the 20th Century, but in 1926 further acquisition was limited by a City Charter amendment that stipulated only money in the Park Fund could be used for that purpose. However, in the 1970s the Forward Thrust Bond issue, along with federal grants and the Seattle Model City Program, supported the largest expansion of the Park system in Seattle history. These programs funded more than 70 new parks and park facilities. The Department manages over 6,000 acres of park land, over two dozen community centers, five municipal golf courses, the Aquarium, and many other recreational and athletic facilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, press releases, promotional materials, contracts, programs, brochures, and photographs related to the Discover Dance series. The series, which was co-sponsored by the Dance Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the University of Washington Lectures & Concerts, brought to Seattle world-renowned dance companies, including the Joffrey Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Also included are articles of incorporation, minutes, correspondence and financial records of the Dance Advisory Council and files concerning dance classes and operations of the Madrona Dance Center.

For related records regarding the administration of the Performing and Visual Arts Program, see record series 5807-14.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Dance Program Records , Record Series 5807-03. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Discover Dance Series, 1967-1984Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Dance Series 1976-1977
1976-1977
1/2
Dance Series 1976-1977
1976-1977
1/3
Dance Series 1977-1978 (Includes Photographs of Pennsylvania Ballet)
1976-1977
1/4
Dance Series 1977-1978
1977
1/5
Discover Dance Series
1978-1981
1/6
Discover Dance Series
1981-1982
1/7
Discover Dance Series
1982-1983
1/8
Discover Dance News
1981-1984
1/9
Discover Dance Series Subscription Campaign
1982-1983
1/10
Discover Dance Series Subscription Campaign
1983-1984
1/11
Discover Dance Series Discounts
1983-1984
1/12
Discover Dance Series Publicity Reports
1982-1983
1/13
Discover Dance Year In Review
1982-1983
1/14
Discover Dance Series Brochures and Programs
1979-1984
1/15
Houston Ballet Group Sales
1984
2/1
Joffrey Ballet Advisory Committee
1969-1983
2/2
Joffrey Ballet Budget
1983
2/3
Joffrey Ballet Communication
1983
2/4
Joffrey Ballet Contract
1982-1983
2/5
Joffrey Ballet Contract
1981-1983
2/6
Joffrey Ballet - Harpsichord Adventure
1983
2/7
Joffrey Ballet Orchestra
1983
2/8
Joffrey Ballet Promotions
1982-1983
2/9
Joffrey Ballet Public Relations
1967-1981
2/10
Alwin Nikolais Contract
1983-1984
2/11
Promotion Ideas
1981-1982
2/12
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
1981-1983
2/13
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
1983
2/14
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Advertising and Programs
1981-1982
2/15
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Articles
1981-1982
2/16
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Communications
1980-1983
2/17
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Contract
1982-1983
2/18
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Photographs
undated
2/19
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Promotion and Program Notes
1983
2/20
Theatre Comparisons
1982
3/1
Theatre Flamingo
1973-1974
3/2
Young People's Matinee - Ideas
1982-1983

Dance Advisory Council Records, 1971-1984Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/3
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
1971
3/4
Budget
1980-1981
3/5
Correspondence
1973-1975
3/6
Correspondence
1980-1983
3/7
Event Calendars
1975
3/8
Finances
1973-1981
3/9
Financial History
1982-1984
3/10
Goals and Functions
1973-1974
3/11
Meeting Reports
1973
3/12
Minutes
1973-1981
3/13
Proposals
1973-1975

Madrona Dance Center files, 1973-1985Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/14
Clippings
1974-1981
3/15
Evaluation
1973
3/16
Faculty Newsletter
1980
3/17
History
undated
3/18
Madrona Dance Studio and City Wide Dance Program Management Plan
1978
3/19
Reports
1973
3/20
Schedules
1976-1984
3/21
Staff Memos
1979-1985

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Dance schools--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Dance--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Madrona Dance Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs