Guide to the Bob Bennett Papers, 1948-1999
Collection number: MC 271
Size: 1 box
About Bob Bennett, 1908-1985
Bob Bennett was a teacher and caller of New England style squares who lived in
Concord, NH, and later in York, ME. He attended the Folkways School in Peterborough
NH with Ralph Page and Gene Gowing in the summer of 1949. While he briefly
experimented with western-style squares, calling for the Heel and Toe [square dance]
Club in Manchester, he soon became disillusioned and returned to calling the New
England style. He mainly called dances within the NH French communities in Concord
and Laconia, with musicians such as Omar Marcoux of Concord, Art Stickney, Roger
Pinard, and others. Notable regular dances included a winter monthly Saturday dance
in Laconia, 1950s-1960s, and a summer monthly dance at a farm outside Goff's Falls,
NH. He may also have danced at Frank Fortune's Barn in Bradford, NH. He worked as a
maintenance and correctional officer at the state prison in Concord.
About the Bob Bennett Papers, 1948-1999
The collection consists of calling notebooks, music books, festival programs
detailing his 1940s-1950s involvement in the New Hampshire Folk Festival, NEFFA, and
other New Hampshire dancing activities. Also included is a certificate signed by
Ralph Page and Gene Gowing, several letters to archives staff from friends which
describe Bennett's life and calling carrier, and a transcription of portions of
Louise Winston's diaries which relate to Bob Bennett.
Bennett also donated more than 400 dance recording to the New Hampshire Library of
Traditional Music and Dance. To search for his records in the database enter the collection name Bob Bennett.
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], [Folder], [Box], Bob Bennett Papers, 1948-1999, MC 271, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Audio Recordings are housed with main collection.
Collection is in original order as received.
|Box 1, Folder 1||Correspondence, Training Certificates|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Louis Winston Diaries Partial Transcript|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Festival Programs, Articles on Dance Revival|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Musical Scores|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Calling Notebooks|