Scope and arrangement
The Bella Malinka Papers consist mostly of materials relating to her career as a teacher, most notably at the School of Performing Arts in New York City. These include correspondence, programs, student compositions and reports, yearbooks, teaching materials, clippings, a few photographs, administrative papers, designs for costumes, sets, and posters, and files of papers Malinka assembled relating to the grievance she filed with the Board of Education.
Papers relating to Bella Malinka’s other professional activities include a Life Experience Credit Presentation she compiled, in order to increase her professional grade as a teacher for the Board of Education, as well as correspondence, programs, publicity materials, and ephemera on her teaching and choreographing activities outside the School of Performing Arts. With the exception of a few pieces of correspondence, there are no personal papers included in the collection.
The Bella Malinka papers are arranged in two series:
- undated1 box
This series consists of the Life Experience Credit presentation material Bella Malinka compiled as the equivalent of an advanced degree, in order to improve her position level, as well as general materials. These range from a small amount of correspondence to the paper she prepared advocating separate licenses for ballet and modern dance teachers for the New York City Board of Education in 1982.
- Sub-series 1 - Life Experience Credit Presentation, ca. 1981
- Sub-series 2 - General, 1956 - 1990 and undated