Guide to the Louise Winston Collection, 1929-1984
Collection number: MC 287
(14 boxes )
About Louise Winston (1917-1996)
Louise Eleanor Winston was a square dance teacher, avid dance photographer, and close
friend of callers such as Ralph Page, Rod Linnell, and George Fogg. She was born in
Roxbury MA on the 22 April 1917 and died 15 September 1996 in Wilmington MA at aged
79. The majority of her life was spent teaching literacy and square dancing in
Jamaica Plain MA. She is notable as one of the first prominent woman callers in New
Winston began square dancing at the Cambridge YWCA in 1942, to the calling of Al
Haynes. She was also an avid attender of Ralph Page’s dances at the YWCA
(1943-1967), and attended his many camps across NH and MA beginning in 1946 or
before. These camps included weekends in Fitzwilliam NH, Christmas camps in Swanzy
NH, the Year End Camp in Keene and later Troy NH, as well as Charlie Baldwin’s
Sargent Camp in Peterborough NH, Rod Linnell’s camps, New England Folk Festival, New
Hampshire Folk Festival, Maine Folk Dance Camp, Pacific Folk Dance Camp in Stockton
CA, Camp Becket in Becket MA, and Pinewoods in Plymouth MA.
She began calling in 1943, first to a group of Sunday School children at the Jamaica
Plain Unitarian Universalist Church where she taught, and later to an adult group
there. The two groups merged in 1951 and became the Jamaica Plain dance, which she
ran and called for until 1976. She also managed the Cambridge YWCA dance for several
Louise Winston is notable for being one of the few woman callers of her generation
and a student of Ralph Page. In 1945, the YWCA in Cambridge received a telephone
call from a women’s camp in Maine requesting a woman caller. Ralph Page, who took
the call, assigned Winston to take the job, and it was her first paying gig as a
caller. (It is worth mentioning that Page did not think highly of women’s abilities
to call, and probably actively discouraged Winston from pursuing a wider calling
career.) Also in 1945 she began a demonstration group of New England contra and
square dancers; this group performed at the second NEFFA and at many other festivals
Louise Winston continued to call and dance in the English, Scottish, New England,
western square dance, international, and other traditions until the early 1980s. She
was awarded a Country Dance and Song Society lifetime membership/Lifetime
Achievement Award in the 1980s.
About the Louise Winston Collection
Louise Winston’s collection consists primarily of photographs, diaries, and related
papers. Her photographs span the years 1938-1984, with the bulk in the 1950s-1960s.
These document hundreds of dances, individual dancers, halls, and camps across New
England. Most photos were taken by Winston herself; some were taken by Ralph Page. A
summary list of people and places is provided below, and a complete photo list is
with each box’s entry.
Her dance diaries span the years 1944-1983, with fewer than five years missing.
Topics include her daily life, dances she attended, who called, what was called, who
played, and other details. The Jamaica Plain dance series guestbook for the years
1963-1969 includes the names of each dancer who attended the weekly series during
those years. Papers include personally decorated Pinewoods Camp newsletters
(Pinewood Press), correspondence with callers and friends, dance programs, etc.
Camps Winston attended and photographed include: Camp Becket (Becket, MA); Camp
Piscataqua (NH); Cardigan Lodge Weekend (Alexandria NH); Charlie Baldwin’s Sargent
Camp (Peterborough NH); Maine Folk Dance Camp (Bridgeton ME); Merriewoode Women’s
Camp (NC); New England Folk Festivals; New Hampshire Folk Festivals; North of Boston
Caller’s Association (NOBCA); Pacific Folk Dance Camp (Stockton CA); Pinewoods Camp
(Plymouth MA); Ralph Page Christmas Camp (Swanzy NH); Ralph Page’s Fitzwilliam
weekends (NH); Ralph Page’s Year End Camp (Keene, later Troy NH); Rod Linnell’s
camps (Troy NH); and likely others.
A partial list of individuals in photographs includes: Sam Alexander; Ray Anderson;
Don Armstrong; George Bass; Sandy Bradley; Fred Breunig; Dave Bridgham; Bill
Burning; Jean Carmichael; Dick Castner; Peggy Conant; Dick Crumb; Bob Dalsemer; Beth
Delery; Dick Delery; Sid Dictor; Paul Dunsing; Ed Durlacher; Jane Farwell; George
Fogg; Dave Fuller; Mary Gillette; Herb Greggorson; June Griffen; Duncan Hay; Chip
Hendrickson; Mary-Anne Herman; Michael Herman; George Hodgeson; Jerry Holt; Cy
Kalino; Mary Kanaly; Paul Kanaly; Abe Kanegson; Harold Kearney; Bernie Kempler; Ed
Koenig; Jack Langstaff; Harry Lash; Doris Ledoux; Rod Linnell; Verona Linnell;
Walter Loeb; Alice Longley; Duncan MacLachlan; Earle MacRoberts; Ellen Mandigo; Nibs
Matthews; Ted Mauntz; Jerry McCarthy; Mac McKenrick; Bob McQuillen; Reuben Merchant;
Phil Merrill; Lawrence "Duke" Miller; Ed Moody; Gene Murrow; Lawrence Older;
Ragnhild Olson; Dick Osgood; Gus Otto; Ada Page; Laura Page; Ralph Page; Tony
Parkes; Dick Richardson; Jean Richie; Marianne Sannella; Ted Sannella; Bill Sellers;
Pat Shaw; Bob Smith; Doris Steele; Gerry Steinfeld; Ralph Sweet; Walter Sweet;
Connie Taylor; Dick Tracie; Johnny Trafton; Frank Warner; Herb Warren; Doris Weller;
Roger Whynot; Louise Winston.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Louise Winston Collection, 1929-1984, MC 287, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Gift of New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), 2014
This collection was donated by the creator, Louise Winston, to the archives of
the Country Dance Society-Boston Center (CDS-BC) sometime in the mid 1980s. From
there it passed into the collection of director George Fogg when CDS-BC closed
in the early 2000s. George Fogg donated the material to the NEFFA archives at
some point after that, and the collection passed from the NEFFA archives to UNH
in 2014. It appears the collection was kept relatively intact until it reached
George Fogg, who separated the diaries for personal study. These diaries were
originally acquired as part of MC 280 George Fogg Collection but have been
replaced in Winston's collection.
MC 280 George Fogg Collection, Milne Special Collections and Archives, UNH
Boxes 1-3 require 48 hours for retrieval.
Newspaper clippings unrelated to dance were deaccessioned. Photographs primarily
related to non-dance church and family activities were separated and
The collection is separated into three series: Papers, Photos, and Diaries.
Arrangment of materials is roughly chronological within series.
Series 1: Papers, 1929-1984
(3 Hollinger boxes)
This series consists of correspondence, papers, and programs related to
Winston's involvement in dancing and dance camps. A complete box list is
available for download with each box.
|NEFFA and Square Dance Papers/Correspondence
Papers related to NEFFA, NECCA, and other dance groups. Some
correspondence, and a folder of her own calling jobs, programs, and
publicity.Click here for box list
|Maine Folk Dance Camp Materials
Papers from Winston's invovlement in the Maine Folk Dance Camp; mostly
personalized Pioneer Press newsletters. Click here for box list
|Dance Papers and Correspondence
Various correspondence with callers such as Ed Moody and others relating
to dancing and dance weekends. Also included are music, some English,
Scottish, and Western square dance notations, and notes from her NEFFA
demonstration team ("the Gang"). Click here for box list
Series 2: Dance Photographs, 1938/1984
(8 archival boxes)
Photographs and negatives of dances, individual dancers, camps, halls, and
associated activities. Click here for a downloadable box
list for boxes 4-12
|Ralph Page Dance Camps, 1938-1947
Photographs from Fitzwilliam dance weekends in the 1940s, Page's 10th
Anniversary Dance, Year End Camp, and others.
|Dance Photos, 1950-1959
Pinewoods, Merrie-woode, Camp Becket, Maine Folk Dance Camp, New
Hampshire Folk Festival, and others. Also included are photos of the
wedding of Jean and Ted Sannella.
|Dance Photos, 1960-1963
Subjects include Pinewoods, Year End Camp, Rod Linnell weekends, Jamaica
|Dance Photos, 1963-1968
Maine Folk Dance Camp, Year End Dance Camp, CDS Golden Anniversary,
Jamaica Plain dances, Cardigan Lodge, Jamaica Plain 15th Anniversary
dance, and others.
|Dance Photos, 1968-1970s
Ralph Page dance camps, Pinewoods, Cardigan Lodge, Maine Folk Dance Camp,
Dick Castner's wedding, and others.
|Dance Photos 1954-1978
Dance camps: Pinewoods, Maine Folk Dance Camp, Pacific Folk Dance Camp,
and unlabeled photos which are possible in New England.
|Unlabeled Dance Photos, 1950s-1960s
Unlabeled photos, including some recognizable individuals such as Ralph
Page and Rod Linnell. Possibly taken somewhere in New England.
|Unlabled Dance Photos, 1950s-1960s
Unlabeled photos, including some recognizable individuals such as Ralph
Page and Rod Linnell. Possibly taken somewhere in New England. This box
is a continuation of the batch of photos in Box 10.
|Folk Dance Camps and Japan, 1950-1983
1950s trip to Japan with Ralph Page and Ricky Holt, as well as several
folders of unlabled photos which appear to have been taken in New
Series 3: Diaries, 1944-1983
(2 archival boxes)
Diaries and related material, covering Winston's daily life as well as her
School notebook from 1929 and diaries from 1944-1976. These diaries cover
the beginning of her calling career, her work with Ralph Page, the dance
camps, and the beginning of her paid calling jobs.
|Diaries, 1977-1983, and Related Material
Diaries from the later part of Winston's calling career, as well as
sign-in sheets for the Jamaica Plain dance 1963-1969, song booklets, and
assorted other materials.