The Library of Congress >  Researchers >  Search Finding Aids  >  Square dance legislation collection, 1975-1995

Square dance legislation collection, 1975-1995

Contact UsHelpSearch All Finding Aids
« Previous Page | Next Page »Series I:Navigate Contents List
ContainerContents
Series I:
ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS
BOX FOLDER 01 Finding Aid
Administrative materials regarding the collection. One copy of the collection register.
BOX FOLDER 02 Correspondence, 1985-1986
Correspondence primarily between the American Folklife Center, the National Folk Dance Committee and the Sets in Order/American Square Dance Society concerning meetings held between their respective leaders.
BOX FOLDER 03, 04 Background Literature: Square Dance Organizations/Publications, 1984-1987
Originals and copies of booklets, handouts, leaflets, magazine articles, and magazine issues produced by the American Square Dance Society, Legacy (International Assembly of Trustees of the Square Dance Activity), Sets in Order magazine, Square Dancing magazine, and American Square Dance magazine. The literature focuses on the promotion and history of square dancing and includes organization directories and editorials. Also included is an annotated copy of A Time to Dance: American Country Dancing from Hornpipes to Hot Hash by Richard Nevell (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1977).
BOX FOLDER 05 Newspaper clippings, 1984
Newspaper clippings on pertinent dance genres. Copies of two articles from The New York Times (1984) concerning the proliferation of square dancing and tap dancing in the United States.
BOX FOLDER 06 Related Federal Legislation (non-dance), 1789-1989
Copies of United States Congressional Records, Statues at Large, Hearing Reports, memoranda, and newspaper articles concerning legislation related to national representative entities such as the anthem, symbol, tree, motto, seal, flower, and so forth. Loosely arranged chronologically (1789-1989) and by subject.
Series II:
FEDERAL LEGISLATION (1975-1988)
BOX FOLDER 07 Newspaper clippings, 1972; 1975
One copy of a one-page article, "The country squares off" (McCalls, 1972) that briefly mentions federal legislation. Copies of more than 50 brief newspaper articles from across the United States reporting that Representative Ted Risenhoover introduced a House Joint Resolution on July 31, 1975, to make square dance the national dance of the United States.
BOX FOLDER 08 Legislation Documentation: 96th Congress (1979-1980)
One copy each of the following resolutions: House Joint Resolution 69, Senate Joint Resolution 125, and House Joint Resolution 552. All concerned "designating the ‘square dance’ as the national folk dance of the United States of America."
BOX FOLDER 09 Legislation Documentation: 97th Congress (1981-1982)
Copies of the pertinent United States Congressional Record, Senate Joint Resolution 59, and Public Law 97- 188, the latter of which designates "the square dance as the national folk dance of the United States of America for 1982 and 1983." Included are copies of newspaper and magazine articles concerning the bill.
BOX FOLDER 10 Legislation Documentation: 98th Congress (1983-1984)
Copies of House Resolution 1706, "a bill to designate the square dance as the national folk dance of the United States," U.S. Congressional Records documenting the hearing on the bill, and a Congressional Record documenting the introduction of the Senate version, S.1448. Also included is a list of the members of the Committee on the Post Office and Civil Service, and the Committee Policy for Consideration of Commemorative Legislation.
BOX FOLDER 11 Correspondence, H.R. 1706 Hearing (98th Congress) January-August, 1984 (1/2)
Letters, sample form letters, drafts, and memoranda primarily between House Committee members, Library of Congress personnel, and interested parties outside the federal government. The correspondence documents the establishment of Reference Librarian Gerald E. Parsons' assistance to the subcommittee for the hearing, requests for testimony, results of the hearing, and responses to the outcome.
BOX FOLDER 12 Letters and testimony, H.R. 1706 (98th Congress) January-August, 1984 (2/2)
Originals and copies of correspondence from individuals and organizations addressed primarily to Chairwoman Katie Hall, Subcommittee on Census and Population, for and against H.R. 1706. Also included are submitted copies of testimony of some of the witnesses at the hearing.
BOX FOLDER 13 Interested parties, H.R. 1706 Hearing (98th Congress)
Lists of names, addresses, and phone numbers of the following: witnesses testifying in opposition to H.R. 1706, pertinent Congressional Staff Directory listings, North American record companies, state folk cultural programs, and cultural organizations.
BOX FOLDER 14 Hearing report draft and scripts, H.R. 1706 (98th Congress)
Draft of the report on the hearing held June 28, 1984, on H.R. 1706. Also includes scripts prepared for Chairwoman Hall (questions to ask witnesses).
BOX FOLDER 15,16 Hearing report, H.R. 1706 (98th Congress)
Four copies of the final hearing report on H.R. 1706 published by the U.S. Government Printing Office that contains a transcript of the hearing held June 28, 1984, as well as letters and written testimonies submitted for the record.
BOX FOLDER 17 Handouts, H.R. 1706 Hearing (98th Congress)
Copies and original booklets, leaflets, administrative information, and charts distributed at the hearing displaying the pros and cons of the Hearing.
BOX FOLDER 18 Newspaper clippings and magazine articles, H.R. 1706 Hearing (98th Congress) June 1984-August 1985
Coverage of the bill and hearing in national and local newspapers, as well as commentary on it in square dance magazines and folklife newsletters.
BOX FOLDER 19 Legislation documentation: 99th Congress (1985-1986)
Copies of House Joint Resolution 316, "designating the square dance as the national folk dance of the United States for 1985 and 1986," a Congressional Record documenting action on the bill, and a Congressional Record documenting Senate Joint Resolution 425 on the same topic. Also included are magazine articles concerning the bill.
BOX FOLDER 20 Legislation documentation: 100th Congress (1987-1988)
One copy of House Resolution 2067, "to designate the square dance as the American folk dance of the United States." Copies of magazine coverage and commentary in American Square Dance magazine.
BOX FOLDER 21 Hearing on H.R. 2067, June 28, 1988 (100th Congress)
One copy of the final hearing report published by the U.S. Government Printing Office that contains a transcript of the hearing as well as letters and written testimonies submitted for the record. Also includes the witness list and multiple copies of some testimony.
Series III:
STATE LEGISLATION (1984-1995)
BOX FOLDER 22 Documentation of state legislation, 1984-1995
Newspaper articles, editorials, and magazine articles that report on or give opinions about state legislation to make the square dance the official folk dance of that state (e.g., West Virginia, Idaho, New Jersey, and Ohio). Magazine articles document the square dance organizations' efforts to lobby for these measures. Also included is the text of Maryland's Senate Bill 43, "declaring square dancing as the State folk dance," January 1994, and testimony against it.

Contents List