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Collection Number: 20312

Collection Title: Charles M. Smallwood Collection on International Folk Dance Traditions, 1977-1996

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Size 16 feet of linear shelf space
Abstract The collection of Charles M. Smallwood (1920-1996) contains scrapbooks, photographs, publications, research notebooks with dance notation, organizational records, and scattered correspondence related to his research and writings on international folk dancing. Scrapbooks hold a variety of materials including newspaper and magazine clippings, picture post cards, photographs, flyers, newsletters, and programs for dance performances and folk festivals such as Folkmoot USA in western North Carolina. Images in post cards and photographs depict folk dancing and traditional costumes and clothing. Publications include books, magazines, journals, and directories related to folk traditions, particularly dancing. Descriptive notes and dance notation including figures and diagrams comprise the research notebooks documenting a variety of specific folk dances from all over the world. Organizational records include by-laws and financial documents for the National Folk Organization of the United States of America. Scattered correspondence includes letters to Smallwood and his wife Judith R. Smallwood from Vytautas Finadar Beliajus, Lithuanian folk dancer and founder of Viltis: A Magazine of Folklore and Folkdance. Dance traditions represented in the collection span the globe and include Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian, Turkish, German, Russian, Jewish and Israeli, Maori, Kenyan, Indonesian, and Native American folk dancing. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Smallwood, Charles M., 1920-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles M. Smallwood Collection on International Folk Dance Traditions #20312, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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This summary description was created in July 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith, July 2018

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Charles M. Smallwood (1920-1996) was a professor of civil engineering at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1950 and specialized in water pollution control. Smallwood also studied international folk dancing and supported folk dance communities, festivals, publications, and organizations.

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