Scope and arrangement
This collection covers the period from 1948-1984, although there is some information, mainly in Mr. Greco's personal files, dating from the mid-late 1940's.
The richest documentation centers on company activities between 1952 and 1969, when John "Jack" Nonnenbacher was the Managing Director of the Company. During these years, the company may well have been the only professional dance group in the world to function on its own, independent of any foundation or government underwriting. The documentation in this group is particularly strong in administrative correspondence and information on bookings and tours.
Carlton Sedgeley assumed the role of manager for the Company in 1970 aiding in appealing to newer and younger audiences. In 1971, The Foundation for Hispanic Dance was established. As a non-profit organization, the foundation could apply for local and national funds to develop a new series of presentations including lecture-demonstration-recitals, symphony guest performances, and college/university residencies and master classes.
The records document this second period from 1970 to 1984, with most correspondence previous to 1982. Carlton Sedgeley was the Acting Director of the foundation during most of this time, as well as a partner of the Royce Carlton lecture agency. Royce Carlton gradually assumed the entire booking responsibilities for from Kolmar-Luth Entertainment in the 1970s so that administration had become more centralized than before. However, financial concerns were just as severe as ever, and this collection reflects very well the constant hardships faced by a dance company having to deal with a myriad of unions, agents, lawyers, immigration officials and accountants.
The Professional and personal papers are arranged in eight series: