Guide to the George Fogg Collection, 1800-2015
Collection number: MC 280
Size: 36 boxes
About George Fogg
George A. Fogg was born Newburyport Massachusetts in 1928. After high school in 1946
he enlisted in the US Army and then attended the Thompson School of Agriculture at
UNH, graduating in 1953. He found work with Joel T Whittemore, a carnation grower,
in Stoneham, MA. An invitation from Lee Whittemore to attend a square dance at the
YWCA in Cambridge, changed his life forever.
He has been a teacher of English country dance, Morris dance, Scottish country dance,
international folk dancing, New England square and contra dancing, and an avid
scholar of early American dances of the colonial period and beyond.
Fogg began to teach and dance English country dance in 1968, helping to found the
South Weymouth (MA) English Country Dance Group that year. He has called/sponsored
the annual George Washington Birthday Ball, numerous Playford Balls, and made
thousands of appearances at dance series and camps around the world. He went on to
become the director of the Country Dance Society Boston Centre for many years. In
2012 he was given the honor of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Dance
and Song Society.
As a Morris dancer, Fogg danced for many years with the Pinewoods Morris Men (PMM)
and the Black Jokers Morris Men (BJMM). He served as squire and bagman for both
organizations at various times.
Fogg also served as an attender/director of both the Mainewoods Dance Camp and Maine
Folk Dance Camp; in addition to teaching English and Morris dance, his abilities to
teach international dance are well recognized.
He co-authored several publications on early American dance with such scholars as
Kate Van Winkle Keller and Chip Hendrickson, reconstructing steps and music and
publishing rare archival manuscripts of early dancers. Notable publications in this
area include "Contra Dances from New Hampshire 1783: The
Clement Weeks Collection" (2012), "Social
Dances from 18th Century Virginia: The Richmond Assemblies, 1790-1797"
(2003), and "Country Dances from Colonial New York: James
Alexander’s Notebook, 1730" (2000).
Fogg has made a substantial contribution to the revival of New England contra and
square dancing over the last 45 years as well. He regularly attended square dance
weekends with Ralph Page at East Hill Farm in Troy, NY, calling alongside callers
such as Roger Whynot and George Hodgson. He was a member of the initial Ralph Page
Dance Legacy Weekend committee in 1987, and also served as on the boards of
directors for NEFFA and CDSS.
A full list of his contributions to various organizations, compiled by Dick Oakes,
may be found here: here.
About the George Fogg Collection
The collection consists of dance diaries, correspondence, photographs, dance
notation, ephemera, pedagogical materials, and audio visual materials from Fogg.
Others’ materials are also included to a lesser extent, most notable are the dance
diaries of Louise Winston and Evelyn Lamond.
The collection is particularly strong in English and Colonial American dance teaching
and research, including several boxes of historical dance manuscripts documenting
Fogg’s close scholarly collaboration with Kate Van Winkle Keller and others, as well
as his practice of collecting older dance manuscripts and ephemera from the 18th
through 21st centuries. Extensive involvement and/or directorship of organizations
such as the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), the Ralph Page Dance
Legacy Weekend (RPDLW), and the Country Dance Society-Boston Centre (CDS-BC) are
widely represented in photographs and papers. Smaller amounts of material relate to
international folk dance, Morris dancing with the Black Jokers Morris Men and the
Pinewoods Morris Men, American dance history, and New England contra and square
dancing. It would be entirely possible to write a history of 20th century New
England contra dance from this collection alone.
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[Identification of item], George Fogg Collection, 1800-2015, MC 280, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
MC 279, Country Dance Society - Boston Centre, Milne Special Collections and
Series 8: Audio/Visual Material is stored with the NHLTMD audio/visual collection
The collection is arranged into 10 series. Original order was maintained where
Series 1: Letters and Personal Dance Diaries, 1940-2013
Correspondence related to both Fogg's personal life and his dance career, as
well as extensive diaries of dances he both called and attended.
Arrangement mixed chronological/subject files. Correspondents include
Ralph Page, Nibs Matthew, Carrie Stahl, Harvey Gardener, Wendy Rowe, Liz
Donaldson, Evelyn Lamond, Marshall Barron, George Hodgson, Ted Sannella,
and many others. Several folders of Country Dance Society-Boston Centre
(CDS-BC) correspondence are included as well.
|Letters and Dance Diaries
Arrangement mixed chronological/subject files. Letters are dated ca.
1960-2013. Correspondents include Ted Sannella, Neil Kelly, George
Hodgson, Michael and Mary-Ann Herman, Ralph Page, Ellen Mandigo, Kate
Van Winkle Keller, Walter Lenk, Sylvia Miskoe, Dudley Laufman, and
others. Dance diaries are dated ca. 1940-2013, and consist of notebooks
of dance programs which Fogg personally attended or called. A partial
transcription of the dance diaries is included for 1969-1985.
Series 2: Dance Notes and Diaries from Others, 1894-2014
Series consists of diaries and notes of individuals whose diaries Fogg
collected through bequest or purchase. Most are primary sources.
Dance Notes and Diaries 1894-2014
The bulk of the material is from Boston dancer Louise Winston
(1917-1996). Daily diaries for 1929 and 1943-1984 document her
involvement in the Cambridge YWCA dances with Ralph Page, her friendship
with Page and others, her impressions of dances, etc. Also included are
guest books for dances she hosted, song booklets, and her music
Dance diaries for pianist Evelyn Lamond (1907-1990) span the years
1967-1975 of the weekly Drop-in Square and Contra Dance Evenings at 3
Joy St., Boston. A transcription by George Fogg, cross-indexed to Louise
Winston’s diaries, is included. Callers Lamond played for include Louise
Winston, Ted Sannella, Ralph Page, Charlie Hunter, Ralph Sweet, Rich
Castner, Roger Whynot, George Hodgson, and others.
Other dance diaries/notes include those of Clement Weeks (fascmile,
Greenland NH, 18th century), Marcia E. Edgerton (diary and
transcription, PA, 1915), Allen Wechsler (Boston, 1950s), and several
others. Two anonymous original diaries are in very fragile condition.
Series 3: Photos, 1915-2005
Photos taken by Fogg and others of many types of dance events, particularly
Morris and English dance. The series is particularly notable for its
1940s-1950s NEFFA photos and early American Morris photos ca. 1915-1920.
Arranged by subject. Topics include early 20th century Morris dancing
photos, early NEFFA, the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend 1990-1991,
Morris teams Fogg danced with (The Black Jokers, Pinewoods Morris Men),
English dancing, colonial reenactment balls, the Salute to Ted Sannella
dance (1987), and photos of Ralph Page.
Arranged by subject. Subjects include the Black Jokers Morris team, Maine
Folk Dance Camp/Mainewoods, Ralph Page, Country Dance Society (CDS)
photos from Louise Winston, and early NEFFA photos (including the first
festival in 1944).
Series 4: Dance Organizations, 1915-2015
Papers from Fogg and others related to involvement, activities, and
leadership of the New England Folk Festiva (NEFFA), Ralph Page Dance Legacy
Weekend (RPDLW), and Country Dance Society-Boston Centre (CDS-BC).
|Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (RPDLW),
Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (RPDLW), 1987-2013 Materials are foldered
chronologically. Fogg was heavily involved in the founding and running
of the RPDLW from its initial planning stages through the first 10-15
years of the festival. Materials related to each year begin with the
formation of the “NEFFA Ralph Page Memorial Committee” in 1987, through
the first festival in 1988, and include auxiliary files of lectures,
benefit events, publicity, and dance notes. Prominent figures include
Ted Sannella, Marianne Taylor, and others.
|New England Folk Festival Association materials,
Arranged by subject. Papers reflect both Fogg’s personal involvement in
NEFFA and his collection of early NEFFA materials. Included are letters,
minutes, programs and a scrapbook from the first 10 years of NEFFA
(1944-1954), a 1946 poster, and a copy of Ralph Page’s handwritten
speeches which opened and closed the first festival in October of
|Country Dance Society-Boston Centre (CDS-BC),
Fogg served as the director of the CDS-BC for many years, during which he
documented current activities as well as curating the papers of past
directors. Included are the CDS-BC Presidential papers of Joe Kynoch,
Playford Ball and square dance and historical reenactment programs
sponsored by the organization, WWII dance newsletters (“The Country
Dancer in Wartime”), and miscellaneous historical papers relating to the
organization and affiliate teachers.
Series 5: Dance Materials, 1900-2015
This series consists of dance notations, sheet music, event posters, and
related materials which reflect Fogg’s intensive involvement in the British
and American folk dance scenes from the mid 1960s onwards. Also included is
a small amount of sheet music and miscellaneous dance papers. Arrangement is
alphabetical by style.
Alphabetical. Subject folders from dances and camps Fogg attended or at
which he taught, including: Florida Folk Dance Camp, Germantown PA Folk
Dancers, Heritage Dance Festival (PA), Lost Pines Dance Camp (Texas),
NEFFA, South Weymouth MA, San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (Texas),
Turtle Frolic (Rhode Island), Williamsburg Virginia Heritage Dancers,
Largely alphabetical by event. Materials consist of teaching notes,
posters, programs, travel arrangements, and the like. Headings include:
CDSS dances across the United States, George Washington Birthday Balls,
Richmond (VA) Colonial Dance Club, James Monroe Balls, and individual
English dances in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Virgina, Vermont,
Connecticut, Maine, Kentucky, California, Oregon, New Jersey, Maryland,
New Hampshire, and others. One folder covers a dance taught in
|English/Colonial Dance 1980-2012
Partially alphabetical. Mostly English dance programs, history, and
teaching notes from the northeast United States independently and
through CDS-BC. This includes the annual CDS-BC Christmas Ball, whose
folders are chronological 1984-2011. A small amount of Scottish and
Welsh dancing material is also included in this box.
|English Country/Sword/Mummers Dance,
Partially alphabetical. English country dance programs, mummer’s plays,
sword dances, and a small amount of scholarly material on historical
dance and dance teachers such as Cecil Sharpe (“C#”). Specific events
include the Champlain Valley Festival, George Washington Birthday Balls,
Richmond Assemblies, Pinewoods Dance Camp, and others.
|English Dance Historical Materials,
By subject. Includes a small amount of dance notations and syllabi, but
is mostly historical dance files and articles relating to books Fogg
co-authored or owned. Topics include the work of James Alexander, Cecil
Sharpe, and Neal Kelley, and a small amount relating to Portuguese
contra dancing in the early 19th century. An 1984-2007 index and
materials from the South Weymouth George Washington Ball sponsored by
Fogg are chronological. Of particular note are extensive photocopies and
transcriptions of letters between Maud Karples and Evelyn K. Wells,
1940-1973, which discuss in detail English country dance past and
present as well as contemporary events such as the bombings and food
rationing in London during WWII.
|International Folk Dance and Early Kentucky Dance Institute
A small amount of International Folk Dance materials from the Scottish,
Scandinavian, Native American, French, and Cajun, as well as syllabi for
the Kentucky Dance Institute (KDI) in Berea KY where Fogg taught for
many years. Syllabi are chronological from 1958-1976.
|Kentucky Dance Institute and Other Syllabi,
Chronological. Includes Kentucky Dance Institute syllabi 1987-2012 and
misc. other folk dance syllabi 1950-1980 and undated.
|Maine Folk Dance Camp/Mainewoods Syllabi and Others
Fogg attended the Maine Folk Dance Camp and Mainewoods for many years as
a participant/teacher and as a director. Syllabi are chronological
1952-1999. Also included are a small number of Oglebay Folk Dancers
syllabi and a poster from a 1985 “Folk Dance Weekend in Memory of Ralph
Page” held at the East Hill Farm in Troy, NH.
|Mainewoods Syllabi 1995-2013
Mainewoods syllabi, chronological 1995-2013. Miscellaious other
materials, including some international folk dance step notations.
|Mainewoods and Other Syllabi
Mainewoods syllabi, chronological 1996-2011. Various other syllabi and
folk dance materials, including Irish, Polish, Balkan, and teachings of
Dick Crum and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.
|Black Jokers Morris Men and Misc. Morris History Papers
Fogg danced for many years as a member of the Black Jokers Morris Men
(Boston), serving as Bagman. (The name is taken from a popular English
Morris dance tune called the Black Joke.) Included is correspondence,
posters, internal papers, and a large amount of folders relating to the
yearly performances at Boston’s First Night celebration. Non-Black Joker
material includes Mary Neal and the Esperance Morris, Great Western
Morris, Sherborne Morris, “Proposal to Form a Women’s Morris
Organization” (n.d., 1940s?), and a postcard from May Gadd.
|Pinewoods Morris Men (PMM) Papers
Foldered by subject. The Pinewoods Morris Men (formed in 1954) are the
official Morris team of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), and
are one of the longest-running Morris teams in the United States. Fogg
danced as a member of the team for many years and served as treasurer,
dancer, and other roles. Included are extensive financials,
correspondence, programs, publicity, newsletters, minutes, materials
related to the 50th anniversary in 2014, and materials from PMM’s 1980
|New England Dance, Western Squares, and Misc. Papers
Foldered by subject. Within New England, Fogg has called many times for
contra and square dances at such events as the Ralph Page Dance Legacy
Weekend, as well as collecting considerable amounts of historical
materials. Included are extensive files related to Ralph Page, 18-20th
century Maine dancing, text of a Bob McQuillen workshop on Maine caller
Rod Linnell, historical manuscripts of 18th century Mainers H.G.O.
Washburn, James Alexander, Merrill, Thompson, and others. Newer material
includes papers from George Hodgson, Dudley Laufman, Kate Van Winkle
Keller, Ralph Page, Helen Tracy, and writings on Henry Ford’s dance
The western square dance materials are minimal, and largely consist of
dance notes (Fogg was not a Western square dance caller). The
miscellaneous ephemera are related to Fogg’s childhood involvement in
grange dancing and more contemporary dancing of various styles.
|Sheet Music, Dance Illustrations
Largely alphabetical. A small amount of reproductions of historical dance
illustrations. The remainder is English, New England, and Morris sheet
music, alphabetical by first letter of tune title.
|Historical Dance Files 1900-2015
Original order: alphabetical by subject. A large variety of historical
dance flyers, pamphlets, ball programs, articles, etc. relating mostly
to English Country Dancing and contra dancing in New England. A small
amount of material on Morris dance and Canadian dancing is included as
Series 7: Personal Files of Other Individuals, 1940-2014
Dance papers from Barbara Mandill, Bill (William Reynold) Johnson, E. Eddy
Nadel, David Bridgham, Mary McNair, and a small amount of additional
material from George Fogg. Topics include teaching and dancing of English
country dance, American contra and square dances, New England square
dancing, and music manuscripts.
|Mainewoods, Bill Johnson, Barbara Mandill, Eddy Nadel, David
This box consists of Fogg’s Mainewoods Folk Dance Camp materials dated
1980-1999, including personal files, marketing, and camp
Six folders relate to caller Bill (Judge William Reynold) Johnson
(1930-2009), and include dance cards, dance programs, articles, and
teaching notes (ca. 1960-1995). Johnson was a retired Supreme Court
Justice and later a New Hampshire legislator. He authored NH Senate Bill
97 (April 1965) which established the New Hampshire State Council on the
Arts. He was also a square and contra caller.
Three folders contains papers from folk dance leader Barbara Mandill
(?-?), mostly folk dance and festival reports, correspondence, notes
from Viltis and other publications, and observations of her students
One folder contains dance notes and correspondence ca. 1971 from David
Bridgham (?-?) of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Bridgham was
also an active English country dancer in Boston from the 1940s onwards.
The remaining 14 folders originate from E. Eddy Nadel (?-?). They consist
of materials related to the Harvard and MIT folk dance clubs (est.
1943), correspondence and paper ephemera, dance instructions, and dance
notes from travels in the former Yugoslavia and other parts of
|George Fogg, Bill Johnson,
Materials related to the Morris Ring newsletter addressed to Fogg. Three
folders of legal sized photocopies of dance cards from the collection of
|Mary McNair Correspondence and Notebooks 1,
Correspondence and seven notebooks of contra and square dance calls from
Mary McNair (?-?). Some music notebooks contain handwritten tunes and
associated dances, drafts for the book of contra and square dances
McNair intended to publish. Related correspondence and manuscripts can
be found in MC 140 Country Dance and Song Society, Box 1 Folder 24.
|Mary McNair Correspondence and Notebooks 2,
Correspondence with May Gadd, dance cards, music manuscripts, two folders
of contra notebooks, and a rough draft of her contra dance book.
|Fogg Materials, 1990-2014
Several folders of George Fogg materials, including miscellaneous
correspondence, and folders about western square dancing, Ralph Page
Legacy Weekend 1995, English dancing, sword dancing, Morris dancing, and
Country Dance Society-Boston Centre (CDS-BC).
Series 8: Audio Materials, 1950-2015
Five boxes of audio/visual materials collected by Fogg. This series is stored
with the main audio/visual collection.
|Audio Materials 1950-2015
Audio cassettes, DVDs, CDs, and phonographic records.
(Note: This material is not yet processed.)
Series 9: Dance Ephemera, 1960-2000
Dance ephemera from Fogg and others. Mostly related to Morris dance.
|Dance Ephemera 1960-2000
Morris dance clothing including several hats, bell pads, ribbons,
buttons, and Fogg's Black Jokers outfit (Fogg played the role of the
Series 10: Oversize Materials, 1944-2000
Series consists of posters depicting historical dance scenes and events, and
a small amount of sheet music.
|Oversize Box 1|
|The Morris Ring 1960-1990
Large copies of the newsletter "The Morris Ring".
|Oversize Box 2|
|Morris and NEFFA Posters
Pinewoods Morris Men posters, early NEFFA posters, and a photocopy of a
historical dance music manuscript dated approximately 1790.
|Oversize Box 3|
|English Dance and NEFFA Posters
Posters depicting historical dance woodcuts, an undated NEFFA poster, and
other misc. dance posters.