Scope and arrangement
The Martha Hill papers span the years 1951-1985 and consist of correspondence, board meeting materials, dance program schedules and planning materials, personal remembrances, performance notes and appraisals, press releases and newspaper clippings, mainly relating to her work with the Association of American Dance Companies, the National Association of Regional Ballet and the American National Theatre and Academy, which was part of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Cultural Presentations. The collection contains primary source material reflecting the history of government committees and nonprofit organizations devoted to promoting dance in the 20th century. It includes Miss Hill’s personal reflections, notes and appraisals of many different American regional and international ballet performances and organizations from the 1950s until the 1980s. The collection is mostly professional material, with a few items reflecting Miss Hill’s work in the field of dance education.
The Martha Hill papers are arranged in five series:
- 1958-1972 and undated
These files relate to Martha Hill’s participation on the Dance Advisory Panel of the International Cultural Exchange Service of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) from 1959 until 1966. The Dance Advisory Panel, in association with the U.S. State Department’s International Cultural Program, produced dance programs that showcased American dance culture through tours to the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc nations. Included are reports detailing international programs, board meeting schedules, minutes, press clippings, correspondence, and dance programs.
- 1966-1980 and undated
Martha Hill served as a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Dance Companies (AADC) from its inception at the 1966 National Dance Conference through its dissolution in 1980. These materials provide a chronicle of the association’s goals, initiatives, and activities through board meeting minutes, press clippings, correspondence and conference program materials. Included are materials from the original dance conference at which the Association was formed, along with materials from the American Symphony Orchestra League, upon which the AADC was modeled, as well as other organizational documents related to the founding and eventual demise of the organization.
- 1966-1985 and undated
The National Association for Regional Ballet (NARB) was incorporated in 1963 as a national organization to promote the artistic development of regional dance companies in the United States. Martha Hill served on the board of directors and on the advisory committee from 1966 until 1985, when the association dissolved. These materials provide a chronicle of the association’s initiatives, goals and activities through board meeting minutes and organizational materials, press releases, promotional and conference materials and correspondence.
- 1963-1974 and undated
Included are schedules, promotional materials, reports, reviews and Miss Hill’s personal reflections relating to regional ballet and choreography conferences throughout the years 1963 until 1974.
- 1951-1977 and undated