Scope and arrangement
The Liz Williamson Papers contain correspondence, clippings, publicity and advertising materials, choreography, photographs, and reference materials related to her years as a professional dancer and jazz teacher. Much of this collection pertains to her professional engagements as teacher or lecturer on jazz dance. These materials help show the spread of interest in jazz dance and jazz teaching and Liz Williamson's role in promoting jazz. Of particular interest are the files of choreographic notation she created for teaching and presenting jazz dance to her students and the files of professional engagements which show Liz Williamson's influence on the field of jazz in particular and dance in general. Also of interest are Williamson's scrapbooks which detail her evolution from student to professional dancer to professional dance instructor. The collection contains little material of a personal nature.
The Liz Williamson papers are arranged in eight series:
- 1949 - 1989
Series contains correspondence primarily related to Liz Williamson's professional career. Materials concern arrangements for teaching dates, arrangements for advertisements, letters from students, and thank you cards from recent students. Series also includes some personal correspondence.
- 1949 - 1975
Series contains choreographic notes and dance exercises created by Liz Williamson for teaching and performances. Choreography consists of handwritten or typed dance steps and routines often choreographed to a specific piece of listed music. Includes revisions.
- 1955 - 1990
Series contains materials related to Liz Williamson's professional career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and jazz authority. Materials include correspondence, choreography, travel information, publicity materials, clippings, and photographs.
- 1937 - 1977
Series contains materials related to Liz Williamson's professional and personal writings. Files include the series of articles Williamson wrote for Dance Magazine and the proposals Williamson wrote regarding the potential of creating a book from the series. The series also includes Williamson's notebooks and loose notepaper containing notes for choreography and articles as well as several of Williamson's student papers.
- 1962 - 1988
Series contains materials Liz Williamson owned as reference materials for her profession as dance instructor and well as clipping and materials she collected about her field. Materials include published handbooks from the Dance Masters of America as well the instruction books to several dance records. Series also includes clippings and materials Williamson collected on Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, and Mel Tomlinson.
Series contains primarily publicity photographs and negatives related to Williamson's career as dance educator.
- 1947 - 1984
Series consists of scrapbooks containing materials related to Liz Williamson's evolving professional career. Scrapbooks include correspondence, telegrams, clippings, show materials, and photographs.
Series includes two oversized items from Liz Williamson: a cover from Jazz Dance & Jazz Gymnastics by Uta Fischer-Munstermann with an introduction by Liz Williamson and the poster from Shindig: the Sounds of the '60s on Stage.