Guide to the Marianne Taylor Papers, 1966-2009
Collection number: MC 293
(7 boxes )
About Marianne Taylor (1930-2008)
Marianne Taylor (1930-2008) was a dance leader, caller, and contra dance pianist from
New England. She taught English, Scottish, contra, and international folk dance
styles beginning with her 1951 graduation from Boston University with a B.S. in
physical education and dance. She was heavily involved in the Folk Arts Center of
New England, which she co-founded in 1975, the Strathspay and Reel Society of New
Hampshire (co-founded 1988), the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (committee member
1995-2008), and the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts, through which she
taught dance to school children for many years. In Seacoast New Hampshire, she
organized and often called for the Deerfield, New Hampshire contra dance (founded
1991), and played piano for the Lamprey River Band at the monthly Dover NH city hall
dances. She was also a member of the Scottish dance band Tullochgorum, and appeared
as backup on several Scottish dance music recordings.
Marianne was a frequent teacher at Pinewoods Dance Camp in both international and
Scottish country dance styles. She became a certified teacher in the Royal Scottish
Country Dance Society in 1957, was added to its Scroll of Honour in 2005, and served
as the Artistic Director of the Boston Branch Royal Scottish Country Dance
Demonstration team for 25 years. Other awards included: Boston Dance Alliance’s 2007
Dance Champion Award, National Folk Organization’s 2008 Preserving Our Heritage
Award, and the devoted friendship of the hundreds of dancers and musicians she
mentored throughout her career.
About the Marianne Taylor Papers (1966-2009)
This collection consists of a very small amount of personal correspondence,
photographs (possibly of the Stockton Folk Dance Camp during the 1980s), and
music/dance materials for and by Marianne. There is a large amount of material
related to the activities of the Folk Arts Center of New England, New Hampshire
Strathspay and Reel Society, Royal Scottish Dance Society of Boston, and syllabi
from the Stockton Folk Dance Camp. Other international dance syllabi, some written
music and dance notation, and a box of handwritten music from Jean Carmichael are
included. One small folder relates to the Deerfield NH contra dance, which Marianne
ran for many years.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Marianne Taylor Papers, 1966-2009, MC 293, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Gift of the creator and her estate in several acquisitions, 1996-2016
Ca. 1 cubic foot of Scottish dance booklets were transferred to the cataloged dance
RPDLW Syllabi, for the years 1990-1998 and 2001-2007
Approx. 1.3 cubic feet of loose photocopied sheet music from various Scottish dance
and International Folk dance balls, dances, camps, workshops, etc.
Collection is roughly divided by topic of materials. Original order was not
|Personal Papers and Teaching, 1960-2008
This box contains a very small amount of correspondence, ca. 50
photographs (possibly of Stockton University’s Pacific Folk Dance Camp),
a folder of dances and tunes written by or in honor of Marianne, and
materials related to her Scottish, English, and international folk dance
teaching. Included also is a folder of obituaries.
|Folk Arts Center of New England (FAC), 1990-2007
The Folk Arts Center of New England was co-founded in 1975 by Marianne
Taylor and Connie Taylor. This box contains organizational documents,
English-Scottish program committee minutes, English-Scottish camps
hosted by the FAC at Pinewoods Dance Camp, leadership weekend materials,
and a small amount of international folk dance materials.
|Scottish Dance Materials, 1980-2009
Marianne helped start the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire
(SRSNH) in 1991, as well as being involved in the Royal Scottish Country
Dance Society (RSCDS) in Boston and beyond. A small amount of SRSNH
organizational bylaws and dance programs are included, as well as
RSCDS/Pinewood Dance Camp programs, International Scottish Country Dance
Society (ISCDS), and a few other miscellaneous programs.
|Scottish Dance and Pacific Folk Dance Camp, 1966-2005
The Scottish dance material consists of dance notation from Hugh Foss,
John Drewry, and Mary Isdale McNab, as well as one folder from
Glenndaroch Scottish Country Dancers in Scotland. The Pacific Folk Dance
Camp syllabi date from 1984-85, 1992, 1999, and 2005.
|International Folk Dance Syllabi, 1985-2006
Syllabi from the Folk Arts Center of New England’s workshops/camps at
Pinewoods Dance Camp, and scattered syllabi from international folk
dance camps in the rest of the country. One syllabus is from the
teaching of George Fogg.
|Jean Carmichael Sheet Music, undated.
Jean Carmichael (1890-1966) was a Scottish dance teacher and
mathematician and retired in 1960 from her career in space rocketry at
the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge. She emigrated
from Scotland in 1923 and settled in Boston, where she helped found the
RSCDS-Boston and was also involved in NEFFA and the Country Dance
Society. This box contains two folders of her handwritten sheet music in
Scottish and New England music styles. There is also a First Newport
Folk Festival program from Marianne Taylor, the last page of which
describes the RSCDS demo team dancing at the Folk Festival.
|Scottish Country Dance Music Notation
Several binders of sheet music: Leaves of Cabbage III (see catalog for
nos. I and II), and the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire
(SRSNH) music binders for the years 1998 and 1999. Each sheet is labeled
with an SRSNH consisting of 3-4 digits; this number indicates the
original order within each binder. Two small dance notation pamphlets
are also included.