Scope and arrangement
The Richard Englund Papers span the years 1931-1992, with the bulk of the material pertaining to his professional career as a director of several regional or training ballet companies, as well as his work as a choreographer and a teacher. The files are generally as Englund kept them, with the items usually arranged chronologically within the folders. Materials in each of the series relating to the six companies led by Englund typically include information on the sponsoring organization, financial records, costume and set design, programs, rosters, tour schedules, and repertory lists. There also are separate correspondence files for each of these companies, as well as more general correspondence in Series I. Correspondence is mainly to or from Englund, but can include letters or memos to others connected with the companies (including many items to or from Gage Bush Englund). Correspondence relating to specific subjects, such as a ballet or a project, has been retained with those files.
The largest part of the collection, however, documents the choreographic works that made up the repertory of the companies with which Englund was connected. The majority of these compositions were the work of Englund, but also represented are some early pieces by choreographers who went on to achieve greater prominence, including Lynne Taylor-Corbett and James Kudelka. While lacking much personal material, the collection provides extensive documentation of Englund's choreography and other considerable contributions to the growth of American ballet. The collection also offers opportunities for researchers interested in the development of the regional ballet movement and professional dance training programs in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.
The Richard Englund papers are arranged in eleven series:
- 1931 - 19892 boxes
The Personal and Professional Papers series contains a small amount of biographical and professional material, such as contracts, prior to 1956. Also of interest are other materials relating to Englund's early years, including some school records, programs from his own student performances, Broadway musicals, and summer stock productions.
- 1952 - 19673 boxes
The Birmingham Civic Ballet series documents Englund's extensive work with the pioneering regional ballet company, which his future wife, Gage Bush, had helped to establish. Among the items of interest are letters from Mia Slavenska, who was a guest teacher, as well as materials relating to the dissolution of the company.
- 1966 - 19702 boxes
The Huntington Dance Ensemble series is comprised of material relating to Englund's work with a government funded project based in Long Island, New York. The program's artistic residencies in schools are represented in somewhat more detail than the work of the performing company.
- 1969 - 19731 box
The Dance Repertory Company series consists primarily of administrative records pertaining to this short-lived offshoot of the earlier Huntington Dance Ensemble.
- 1972 - 19813 boxes
The Ballet Repertory Company contains material on the successor to Dance Repertory Company, which became a training company for American Ballet Theatre. Material of interest includes a 1980 program autographed by company members, including Susan Jaffe, who later became a principal dancer with the parent company.
- 1969 - 19852 boxes
The American Ballet Theatre II series contains additional materials on ABT's training company, which began its existence under its new name in late 1981. Items of particular note include letters from then-ABT director, Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as contracts for dancers who went on to greater fame, such as Susan Jaffe and James Sewell.
- 1979 - 19922 boxes
The Joffrey II series documents Englund's work with the Joffrey Ballet's training company. Correspondence includes many letters from Robert Joffrey, as well as letters from Gerald Arpino and Yvonne Mounsey. Also of interest is a copy of Joffrey's will and items relating to Englund's appointment to the Joffrey's Board of Directors during the period of Joffrey's illness and Englund's eventual resignation following Joffrey's death.
- 1949 - 198910 boxes
The Choreography Files/Repertory series contains files for ballets that were included in, or proposed for, the repertories of the companies led by Englund. The majority of the works documented were choreographed by Englund. Files frequently contain background information, biographical material, contracts, correspondence, and costume and set designs and other technical information. Also contained in some files are financial records, floor plans and diagrams, Labanotation scores, lighting plots, music scores, photographs, programs, promotional materials, rehearsal schedules, reviews, and royalty information. Among those works which are particularly well documented are Beauty and the Beast, Jigs 'n Reels, and Tales from Hans Christian Anderson. Also included with this series are separate files on works staged by Englund for other companies, as well as lists of his choreography and some additional music scores. Larger format costume and set designs and music scores can be found in the Oversized Materials series.
- 1964 - 1988. 5 box
The Teaching series contains class work notes, contracts, correspondence, programs or brochures, and schedules. There is also information on Englund's teaching under the subheading, "Regional Festivals."
- 1952 - 1990.5 box
The Work with Other Organizations series mainly consists of material on events or other organizations with which Englund was associated, including the International Ballet Competition and Dance Notation Bureau. These files can contain contracts, correspondence, membership lists, minutes and reports, and schedules.
- 19492 boxes
The Oversized Materials series contains a few additional costume sketches for the ballets, The Conversation, The Nutcracker, and some elevations for the Romeo and Juliet sets. Also included are two music scores for other productions.