Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch

Papers, 1948-2012
MC 203

[In storage - requires 48 hour notice for use]

10 boxes (10 cubic ft.)
Acquisition: Donations, RSCDS, Boston Branch, Boston MA (accession numbers: 2009.12; 2013.18)
Partially processed: Emeline Dehn-Reynolds and Jessica McClain, 2014

About the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch was formed in 1950 and was both the first branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society established outside the United Kingdom and the first branch in North America.

About the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch Papers

The collection, which has been minimally processed, consists of various organizational materials relating to the Boston Branch of the RSCDS, including by-laws, minutes, event materials, such as the annual Highland Ball, photographs, publications and recordings. The arrangement described below reflects the current contents of the boxes and is not necessarily intended as a final organization.

Folder Listing

  1. Papers
  2. Photographs
  3. Publications
  4. Audio-Visual Materials

I. Papers

f.1 Cambridge Class Contracts
f.2 Cambridge class committee history
ff.3-20 Binders: Cambridge Classes 1991-2001
ff.21-24 Boston Branch Teaching Committee Minutes & Correspondence, 1963-1989
f.25 TAC Weekend, Worcester 1980
f.26 Music Committee 1987-1988
f.27 Burns Night Programs 1979-2004
f.28 Burns Night Flyers 1976-2005
ff.29-30 Burns Night Reports 1983-1994
f.31 Burns Night Newspaper articles
ff.32-49 Boston Highland Ball 1992-2006
ff.1-25 Boston Highland Ball 1968-1991
f.26 RSCDS North America Directory
f.27 Boston Branch History 1948-1973
f.28 SDCEA Articles of Organization, 1987
f.29 RSCDS Bylaws
f.30 RSCDS Boston Branch booth at the 1976 Whole World Festival
f.31 Whole World Festival budget summary
f.32 History of the Scotch Bluebonnet of the Highlanders, 1958
f.33 Partial Newspaper Clipping, Highland Games 1960?
f.34 Evelyn Murray - Scroll award, 2000
f.35 RSCDS welcome fliers, 1976-77
f.36 Boston Branch workshop with Paul Sarvis, 1972
f.37 Boston Branch Budget for 1987 NEFFA food booth
f.38 RSCDS Tokyo branch newsletters, 2000. Photographs of Jean Milligan gravesite
f.39 Music Weekend 1974-1975
f.40 Music Weekend 1976
f.41 Tenth Anniversary materials, 1960
f.42 Branch Party Flyers, c. 1986-1993
f.43 Event fliers, 1986
f.44 Dances: Hadrian’s Wall, Skullduggery. Correspondence, 1957
f.45 Boston Branch demonstration team materials
f.46 Scottish Country Dance Logo materials
f.47 RSCDS Annual General Meeting materials, 1999
f.48 Jean Milligan materials. Obituary - correspondence
f.49 Hamish kidnapping message and clues
f.50 Jeannie Carmichael - memorial materials, photograph
f.51 Muriel Gibson - obituary
f.52 Kay Jacobs - clippings - photograph - programs - correspondence
ff.53-55 Semi Annual General Meeting Minutes, 1964-2005
ff.56-58 Annual General Meeting, 1957-2006
ff.59-60 Boston Branch packets – classes – memos, 1988-2004
f.61 Outside publicity
ff.62-72 Executive committee minutes, 1990-2000
ff.1-19 Executive committee minutes, 1972-1990
ff.20-32 Pinewoods, 1954-1977
ff.1-21 Pinewoods, 1978-2006
ff.22-33 Boston Branch committee minutes, 1950-1971
ff.1-4 Executive committee minutes, 1966-1977
ff.5-13 Unpublished dances and music
ff.14-17 Membership directories, 1953-2006
ff.18-50 Tartan Times, 1956-1996
ff.1-10 Tartan Times, 1996-2006
ff.11-17 50th anniversary project
f.18 1950s era scrapbook
ff.19-22 Hal Robinson scrapbook
f.23 Cambridge class Basic Level notebook 1991-1994
f.24 Ball programs 1973-1985
ff.25-38 Concord, MA class records 1950-1989
ff.39-53 Jeannie Carmichael papers
f.1 The Independent – Jan 2, 1983
f.2 Ball programs, 1974-2006
ff.3-5 Boston Branch events, 2008-2013
ff.6-103 Tartan Times, 2007-2012
ff.11-12 Executive minutes, 2008-2013
f.13 Annual and Semi Annual General Meeting minutes, 2008-2013
f.14 Boston Branch class information and mailings, 2008-2013
f.15 Celebrate 50 Years of Scottish Dance – Submissions
ff.16-31 Boston Highland Ball, 1980-2012
f.32 Boston Highland Ball nametags
f.33 Dissertation – Devin Shepard McLachlan, 1996

II. Photographs

f.34 Photographs: NEFFA Demo, Worcester 1952
f.35 Photographs: Scottish Dance Team 1961
f.36 Photographs: Northampton SCD party, 1990
f.37 Photographs: From Concord SCDS Book IV, 1991
f.38 Photographs: Intermediate Workshop, Salem, Nov 18, 1995
ff.39-42 Photographs: Highland Ball, 1999
f.37 Photographs: From Concord SCDS Book IV, 1991
f.43 Photographs: Highland Ball, 2000
ff.44-46 Photographs: Highland Ball, 2006

III. Publications

Published Scottish dances and music
Published Scottish dances and music
Indexes to Scottish dances
BOX 10
Scottish Dance/Scottish culture publications
Scottish Dance Periodicals: Scottish Country Dancer magazine, Oct. 1949-Spring 2006

IV. Audio-Visual Materials

BOX 11
VHS Tapes – RSCDS Boston 50th anniversary celebration; First Lady of the Dance; Highland Ball, 2000
DVDs – RSCDS Concert, November 13, 2004; RSCDS Demonstration Team, November 8, 2008; RSCDS Concert, November 7, 2009
DAT tapes – RSCDS Boston 50th anniversary celebration
BOX 12
Film Reel 1: “Mrs. McLeod”; Film Reel 2: “River Cree”
Reel-to-reel tape: “St. Andrews Summer School 1963 Pre-Recorded tape.” Jean Milligan lecture
C-60 1: Side A: Mina Corson, Folk to Boston, Teachers at Tea, 10/51/75; Side B: Mina Corson, Talk to Boston Teachers, 10/15/75
C-90 2: Side A: Bill Clement, 14 July 89 Pinewoods; Side B: Pinewoods SCD Orch. 15 July 1981
C-60 3: Side A: Bill Clement, Pinewoods 14 July 1989; Side B: Bill Clement, Pinewoods, 14 July 1989 (cont.)
C-60 4: “Tartan Stew” - Ralph Thompson, Sylvia Miskoe, Ralph Jones, R.P.Hale, Cal Howard
CDs: Boston Branch Project, September 28, 1999; Celebrate Fifty Years of Dancing With the Boston Branch RSCDS (2 copies); Pinewoods 2010
33 1/3rpm LPs: 29 records of Scottish and Cape Breton music for dances
78 and 33 1/3 records from the collection can be searched in the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance database.
Framed Document: Certificate of incorporation for the Scottish Country Dance Society of Boston, Massachusetts, Inc., May 8, 1950