Scope and arrangement
The Beverly Brown Papers document the career of Beverly Brown, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer. Although materials include correspondence, photographs, diary entries, choreographic and general notes, the bulk of this collection covers Beverly Brown’s professional life from her years beginning in 1966 as a student and later principal dancer with Erick Hawkins to teacher in his company, researcher and writer reflecting on her career and experiences.
This collection contains professional correspondence, programs, scores, photographs, clippings, video logs, journals/notebooks featuring choreography notes and diary entries as well as original manuscripts. A significant portion of this collection consists of material relating to Brown’s own choreography and Erick Hawkins teachings and body of work. Browns personal observations and criticism of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company performances in addition to other dance companies are highlights of this collection.
The Beverly Brown papers are arranged in two series:
- 1969-1996, undated4 boxes
This series contains material mostly in the form of journals and notebooks from the various productions Brown created as well as performed in such as Cloudspeed, Desert Series, Early Floating, Earth Hush, Life in a Drop of Pond Water, Voices of the Becalmed and Whelk Woman. It includes choreographic notes, diary entries, musical scores, photographs, rehearsal notes and video logs.
- 1955-2000, undated10 boxes
This series contains material documenting Brown’s career and training with Erick Hawkins as well as professional and personal interests. It includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, programs, research material and writings relating to her professional career as a dancer/choreographer, student, writer, teacher and administrator. Highlights include Brown’s residency with the Cross Cultural Dance Resources (CCDR) and research and writings relating to Erick Hawkins. Original manuscripts include Here and Now With Watchers: An Investigation of the Choreographic Style of Erick Hawkins, Investigation of Sacred Dance in Christian Settings and Choreography with Sacred Themes in Theatrical Settings, Six Primary Principals Underlying the Hawkins Technique, and Training to Dance with Erick Hawkins. The article Where I Stand featured in Brown’s high school yearbook long after her graduation is an important testament regarding her philosophy as a dancer and as an artist.