David F. Dorsey, Jr. collection
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David F. Dorsey, Jr. collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Dorsey, David F.
Title: David F. Dorsey, Jr. collection
Dates: 1972-1991
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection, created by Atlanta University scholar David Frederick Dorsey, consists of programs, newsletters, flyers, and clippings related to dance and other performing arts between 1972 and 1990 and pamphlets and reports dated 1928 and from 1979 to 1983 documenting the political situation in southern Africa. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the Atlanta Ballet, Jomandi Productions, Clark Atlanta University student groups, and international dance troupes are represented within the collection.
Identification: aarl91-001

Biographical/Historical Note

David Frederick Dorsey Jr. was born in Philadelphia Pa. on June 30, 1934. After earning graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Princeton University, Dr.Dorsey began his teaching career at Howard and New York Universities. A respected and articulate scholar, lecturer and editor, Dr. Dorsey has served Atlanta University in many capacities including Associate Dean and Faculty Assembly President. A contributing and participating member of the Modern Language and College Language Associations, Dr. Dorsey edited the papers of the African Literature Association meeting at Indiana University in 1979 and a special issue of Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters and serves on the editorial board of Phylon: A Review Of Race And Culture, founded by W.E.B. DuBois. He is a Professor of English and African-American Studies at Clark Atlanta University.


Scope and Content Note

The collection, created by Atlanta University scholar David Frederick Dorsey, consists of programs, newsletters, flyers, and clippings related to dance and other performing arts between 1972 and 1990 and pamphlets and reports dated 1928 and from 1979 to 1983 documenting the political situation in southern Africa. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the Atlanta Ballet, Jomandi Productions, Clark Atlanta University student groups, and international dance troupes are represented within the collection.


Arrangement

Organized into two series:

(1) Performing Arts materials and
(2) Southern Africa materials.


Index Terms

Africa, Southern--Foreign relations--1975-1994.
Africa, Southern--Politics and government--1975-1994.
African American arts--Georgia--Atlanta.
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.
Atlanta Civic Ballet.
Clippings (information artifacts)
College theater--Georgia--Atlanta.
Dance.
Jomandi Productions.
Newsletters.
Pamphlets.
Programs.
Reports.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David F. Dorsey, Jr. collection, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Provenance

On April 13, 1991 David Dorsey gave an extensive collection of playbills and clippings dating from October 1975 to March 1991, to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African- American Culture And History Archives Division.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Container List

 

Series I: [Performing Arts materials], 1972-1991

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11Programs
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Atlanta Civic Center, February 27, 1976
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Atlanta Civic Center, February 28, 1976
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Atlanta Civic Center, October 6, 1978 October 7, 1978 October 8, 1978
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Atlanta Civic Center, September 16-20 1980
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Atlanta Civic Center, March 30, 1982 March 31, 1982
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Fox Theater Atlanta Ga, February 19, 1985 February 20, 1985
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Atlanta Civic Center, March 10, 1986 March 11, 1986 March 12, 1986
DanceAtlanta presents The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Fox Theater, Atlanta Ga, February 19, 1988 February 20, 1988 February 21, 1988
Dance Theater Foundation Presnts The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Fox Theater, Atlanta Ga, February 9, 1990
City Center Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, December 2-28, 1986
City Center Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, December 2-27, 1987
City Center Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, December 2-27, 1987
City Center Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, No Date
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: A Tribute To 25 Years, No Date
City Center Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, No Date
Playbill: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 20th Anniversary Year, May 1978
"The Uniqueness Of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater" By: Clive Barnes, Dance Critic, The New York Post, No Date
Program: The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Spring Gala, May 21, 1978
The World Of Alvin Ailey; Posters and Photographs, Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, April 11-27, 1985
Flyer: The New York Friends Of Alvin Ailey Salute Sylvia Waters, December 18,, 1990
Flyer: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, No Date
2Alvin Ailey Dance Theater News Articles
"Alvin Ailey Recovers From 'Trouble Of 1980'" Atlanta Journal and Constitution, March 28, 1982
"Ailey's 'Bird': Dance company flies high in Charlie Parker tribute" Atlanta Journal and Constitution, March 9, 1986
"Alvin Ailey to cast spell with `Magic Of Katherine Dunham" Atlanta Journal and Constitution, February 14, 1988
"Dance: Ailey Troupe" New York Times, December 1983
"Ailey Troupe Marks 30th With Gala at City Center" New York Times, December 9, 1988
"Ulysses Dove: Choreography, From Life". New York Times, December 3, 1989
"Then Ailey Magic" Atlanta Journal and Constitution, February 4, 1990
"Alvin Ailey Dancers Performances Set", March 1-7, 1986
3Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Schedule, Fall Session 1977, Sept 19-Dec 16, 1977
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Spring 1978
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Fall 1978
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Spring 1979
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Spring 1981
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Fall 1981
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Spring 1982
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Spring 1983
Revelations: The Newsletter of The Friends Of Alvin Ailey, Fall 1990
Invitation: Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Reception, YMCA, Oct. 6, 1978
Invitation: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala Benefit Program, Sep. 28, 1978
Invitation: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Opening Night. N.Y. City, Dec 5, 1990
Invitation: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Winter Benefit, Dec. 3, 1981
Invitation: Alvin Ailey Presents, Dec. 2, 1982
Alvin Ailey 25th Anniversary, November 13, 1983
The Friends Of Alvin Ailey Newsletter, January 26, 1983
The Friends Of Alvin Ailey Newsletter, December 1979
The Friends Of Alvin Ailey Newsletter, February 22, 1982
4Atlanta Ballet Prgrams
The Atlanta Ballet In Performance, May 24-26, 1979
The Atlanta Ballet In Performance, May 3, 1980
The Atlanta Ballet In Performance, November 7, 1980 November 8, 1980
The Atlanta Ballet In Performance, November 21, 1980 November 22, 1980
The Atlanta Ballet In Performance, December 19-24,1880
The Atlanta Ballet Presents The DAnce Theater of Harlem, 1984-1985 Season
55th Season Program
56th Seasson Program, 1985-1986 Season
58th Season Program, 1987-1988 Season
60th Anniversary Season: Ballet Pops November 16-18, 1989, 1989-1990 Season
61st Season: Carmina Burana and Pas De Dix, February 7-10, 1991
5Jomandi Productions Programs
The Black Play, May 2-18 1986
'Every Now And Then I Get The Feelin', No Date
"Le Corps' Nest Pas Mort" (The Body Is Not Dead), No Date
"Showgirls", 1985-86 Seasson Finale
"That Serious He-Man Ball", No Date
6Atlanta University System
Invitations: Presidential Inauguration; Clark Atlanta University, September 18-24, 1989
Clark Atlanta University: The Inaqural Symposia, September 18-22, 1989
The Philharmonic Society Vesper Concert, December 10, 1989
Card from Ayana, No Date
6Programs
Asinamali!, June 17-29, 1986
A Christmas Vesper Concert, December 13, 1987
A Celebration in the Life of James Baldwin, December 5, 1987
Clark Atlanta University Opening Convocation Program, September 20, 1984
Atlanta University 122nd Charter Day Banquet, October 16, 1987
1987 Charter Day Convocation: Atlanta University, October 16, 1987
A Christmas Vesper Concert, December 10, 1989
Clark College Spring Festival, April 14, 1989
Clark College Music Department Presents Chamber Music Atlanta, November 6, 1988
The Clark college Philharmonic Society in a Gala Benefit Concert, April 23, 1989
The Clark Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Concert, April 13, 1989
17th Annual Clark College Writers Workshop, April 14-16, 1986
Spelman College Quiet Hour Program, May 4, 1989
Marivaux: A Double Bill, Theater Emory, March 4 No Year March 5 No Year
Annual Sojourner Truth Lecture; The Claremont College, March 24, 1988
The Spelman College Summer Theatre Program Presents "Shakin The Mess Out of Misery", July 1, 1988 July 2, 1988
Spelman College Calender of Events, October / no date
AUC Chronicle, November 1977
7Programs Atlanta Arts
Miss Evers' Boys, Sep. 18-Oct 27, 1990
Joe Turner's Come And Gone, Jan. 25-Feb. 25, 1980
Dance Atlanta Presents: Nikolais Dance Theatre, February 17, 1979
Dance Atlanta Presents; Pilobolus Dance Theatre, April 21, 1979
Atlanta Dance Coalition Newsletter, Summer 1978
Dance Atlanta Newsletter, Jan - March 1979
Dance Atlanta News Release, September 22, 1978
Barbara Sullivan's Atlanta Dance Theatre In Concert, May 4, 1979 May 5, 1979
Barbara Sullivan's Atlanta Dance Theatre In Concert, May 5, 1979 May 6, 1979
The Atlanta Dance Festival: The City Center Dance Theatre, July 14, 1978
"Conjazzcierdo", March 18, 1982
Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company, November 17, 1979
The Atlanta Dance Festival: Frederick Taylor and Dance Company, July 15, 1978
The Atlanta Dance Festival: The Dance Unit, July 15, 1978

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21Programs
The National Dance Company Of Senegal, April 1, 1980
Iwami Kagura: Traditional Folklore Mask Dance of Japan, No Date
International Ballet Rotaru: Swan Lake, September 14, 1990 September 15, 1990
International Ballet Rotaru: Don Quixote, February 1, 1991 February 2, 1991
Sheldon Soffer Presents Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, March 26, N/Y
GUITRY: Trois Pieces En Un Acte De Sacha Guitry, March 29-31 N/Y
Ballet Folklorico De Mexico, No Date
PANOV: and Eglevsky Ballet Company, April 10, N/Y
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, February 25, 1975
An Evening With Kitaro, October 7 N/Y October 8 N/Y
The National Ballet Of Canada, October 5, 1972 October 6, 1972
Ballet Nacional Africano, November 27, N/Y
More Productions Presents Eiko an Koma, March 17-19, 1989
Newsletter: The Japan-American Society Of Georgia, December 1990
Rudolf Nureyev, April 13, 1988
Quantum Productions Presents: Suda: Fom City to Village, No Date
Two Unidentified Photocopy Pictures, No Date
News Articles: "Japanese Dancers are Dominany in Prix De Lausanne, January 31, 1989
"Going Back To Jamaica", No Date
2Miscellanous Items
Photo, Philadelphia Dance Company
Photo, Unidentified Dancers
2Programs
The Harlem Renaissance 1912-1929, June 28- Sep 4, 1988
Terpicorps; Takes Center Stage, April 25 N/Y April 26 N/Y
Singing For Apartheid: American Artists in South Africa, November 9, 1982
The Nanette Bearden Contempoary Dance Theatre, December 4, 1984
Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery: A Southern Celebration of Love and Family, Dec 2 - 23, 1989
Central United Methodist Church, March 28, 1986
Jazz Power, September 18, 1987
African Heritage Tour Brazil 1991, July 26 -August 3, 1991
20th Annual Writers Workshop Conference, April 1989
Alvin Singleton, No Date
Dance Theatre Of Harlem, No Date
Tune The Grand Up, No Date
Michaels Thing: Weekly Entertainment Magazine, Nov. 27 - Dec. 3, 1978
Obsequies For Dr. Leroy Martin Jr, May 25, 1988
Expand Magazine, Dec.1988 / Jan.1989
Article: Black Influences On Choreography Of The American Musical Theatre Since 1930
Article: "Our Footloose Correspondents: in The Country"
3Miscellaneous
Article: "Dance: Old and New Mix In Rod Rodgers Opening The New York Times, October 17, 1987
"Rod Rodgers Dance Company" The Village Voice, October 14-18, 1987
Article: "Architectural Digest Visits James Baldwin", No Date
The Nation, December 12, 1987
3Invitations
Pespi Bethel, Authentic Jazz Dance Theatre, No Date
3Flyers
Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater, October 2, 1981
Paintings of Bob Tomlinson, April 21, N/Y
Cole Porter's Can Can, March 15-20, N/Y
In The Twilight Dim, No Date
NDTC 20th Anniversary Season Of Dance, No Date
The Robert Archard City Center Dance School, Inc, No Date
3Programs
Onyx Opera: Premiere Gala Benefit Performance, May 4, 1990
East Bay Arts: Cal Performances, April 1987
Southeastern Jazz Experience, April 12-14, 1989
Theater Of The Stars 1979 Winter Play Season, 1979
Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts, July 1979
Garth Fagan's Bucket Dance Theatre, February 6-9, 1986
Cowboys, Dreams, And Ladders, No Date
Bob Fosse's DANCIN', No Date
Cradle Of Liberty Faneuil Hall, No Date
4Programs
National Black Arts Festival 1990: Tribute To Katherine Dunham, No Date
National Black Arts Festival presents; The Hollywood Shuffle; a series Of Films, Aug.29-Sept 5, 1990
National Black Arts Festival Presents: Literary Celebration '90, August 1-3, 1990
National Black Arts Festival Presents: Music Alive 1990, August 1-3, 1990
National Black Arts Festival Presents: A Unique Celebration Of Art and Artists Today's Roots, July 27- August 5, 1990
5Articles
"Outstanding Dance Companies Coming to Atlanta" The Community Bulletin, August 22, 1978
"Rocker, Choreographer Team Up On Pop Ballet" The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Copy, November 12, 1989
"Renewing Song Of Freedom: Pop Singer Gives New Fame To 'Black National Athem', No Date
"Black Nativity", December 6-18, 1988
"Black Musicians In Art: Stereotypes and Beyond" The New York Times, August 14, 1988
"Atlantans Dancing "Star Search Path" The Atlanta Journal, August 27, 1985
"Looking for Langston", December 10, N/Y
"True Sons Of The City" The News And Courier, September 29, 1987
"Carol Mitchell Leon: An Actress Of Many Faces, Many Place The Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 22, 1989
"Harlem's up front now in ballet world", No Date
"Better Than The Original Clive Thompson Dance Company", April 7, 1984
 

Series II: [Southern Africa materials], 1979-1983

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26South Africa
Government Doc. "Breifing For House Subcommittee on Africa", October 17, 1979
6Periodicals: Africa Confidential
"Zambia: Opposition Grows", May 21, 1980
"USA: Reagan's Africanists", August 13, 1980
"South Africa: ANC Vibrations", January 28, 1981
"Uganda: Minority Government", February 11, 1981
"Ghana: A Bottomless Pit?", April 8, 1981
"Mauritania: Staying Out Of Trouble", January 20, 1982
Zambia: Double "S" Sword, May 12, 1982
6Press Releases
Statement by Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick on the situation in Nambia, April 23, 1981
The Government of Canada, France, Federal Republic of Germany and others statement on Nambia, April 14, 1981
Statement By Ambassador Kenneth Adelman on Policies of Apartheid of South Africa, November 30, 1981
Statement of Ambassador Kenneth Adelman In explanation of vote on Item 32, Policies of Apartheid of the Government of South Africa, December 16, 1981
Statement by U.S. Representative Carl Gersham, in Explanation of vote on Item 9, Human Rights Question / Trade Unions in South Africa, December 16, 1981
6Correspendence
To. David Dorsey From: Josephat I. Sinvula, April 1, 1983
"The Nambia Settlement 1982: Chronology Of Events" By: Josephant I. Sinvula
"A Quick Reference Aid On U.S. Policy Towards Nambia By: Josephant I, Sinvula
Copy from Book AlienationEdited By Timothy O'Keeffe
6Government Doc.
Role Of The U.S. - Private Sector in Zimbabwe, March 26, 1982
6Program
South Africa Divestment Workshop, October 18, 1982
7South Africa Pamphlets
Private Armies: A Tragedy For Zimbabwe, No Date
Impressions Of Southern Africa: A Report To The Foreign Relations Committee, December 1979
Nambia Update: Hearing Before The Sub-Committee On Africa, September 9, 1980
Labor Situation In South Africa, Fall 1980: Hearing Before The Sub-Committee On South Africa, November 13, 1982
The Possibility Of A Resource War in South Africa: Hearing Before The Sub-Committee On South Africa, July 8, 1981
Enforcement Of The United States Arms Embargo Against South Africa: Hearing Before The Sub-Committee On South Africa, March 30, 1982
South Africa International, July 1981