Scope and arrangement
Selma Jeanne Cohen is an author, editor, lecturer, and teacher, and the records of several of her teaching projects comprise the bulk of this collection. From 1965-1969, at the Connecticut College School of Dance, (which became the American Dance Festival in 1969), she taught or lectured on dance history or writing on dance, classes which were open to all students at the summer school. The Critics' Conferences, 1970-1972, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and held during the Connecticut College - American Dance Festivals, were for a select group of professional critics, to train them in “the skills of describing and evaluating dance.” The National Critics Institutes were sponsored by the O'Neill Foundation, to provide “intensive on-the-job training for young critics,” and Cohen taught there during the summers of 1969, 1971 and 1972.|||Throughout the Folder List, SJC refers to Selma Jeanne Cohen.
The Selma Jeanne Cohen papers relating to teaching/critical writing projects are arranged in four series:
The Connecticut College School of Dance - American Dance Festival Series (I, 14 folders) contains correspondence with the college (arranged chronologically), some writings of the students, and various brochures, schedules of classes and events, rosters, and minutes of faculty meetings. There are also lists of dance films which were used to make selections for a film series.
The Connecticut College Americal Dance Festival - Critics' Conferences Series (II, 69 folders) is subdivided chronologically by year. It includes correspondence with the college and the sponsor, arranged chronologically, and it contains folders on each participant, arranged alphabetically by name. Under each participant, the “Application” subseries usually contains correspondence arranged chronologically, the application form, letters of recommendation, and examples of the applicant's critical writing which often includes published reviews of dance performances. The “Writings” subseries contains assignments written during the conference and often clippings of reviews published during that time.
The O'Neill Foundation - National Critics Institute Series (III, 12 folders) is subdivided by years. It contains some correspondence, arranged chronologically, and writing assignments by the students, arranged alphabetically by name.
The Alverno College - Symposium on Careers in Dance Series (IV, 1 folder) contains only a few items of correspondence about Cohen's participation in 1972 and a letter of agreement.