Scope and arrangement
John Willis was the editor of Dance World, a reference guide that served as the official chronicle of each year's dance season. The annual was published from 1966 to 1979. This collection contains reference materials that Willis used to create and run that publication.
Included are such items as press materials sent out by dance companies and dancers, also included are newspaper clippings about performances, playbills and programs (some of them are annotated), photographs, and ticket stubs from attended performances. All correspondence is related to information about the dancer or company. There is no personal material.
The John Willis's Dance World papers are arranged in two series:
- 1950 - 1984
This series consists of office files of reference material from Dance World. Included are photographs, press releases and materials, clippings, programs, biographical information about the dancers and ticket stubs. Some playbills have been notated.
Dates on folders are based upon the dance season that started in one year and finished in the next, and were directly transferred from the previous folders.
- 1960 - 1980
This series contains oversized photographs and souvenir programs from selected dance programs and dancers.