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UA 53.11


Marilyn Richardson Papers


Marilyn Richardson




3.55 linear feet (5 boxes) photographs, moving image materials




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . Marilyn Richardson Papers. UA 53.11. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M .Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Marilyn Richardson was a professor in the health, physical education, and recreation department teaching primarily dance. This collection consists of materials related to dance and the teaching of dance at South Dakota State University. Slides, photographs, videos, posters and scrapbooks document the formal entrance of dance into the SDSU curriculum.

Biographical Note

Marilyn Richardson was born on May 22, 1934. She graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah in 1952. In 1956, she received her BA in Speech with a minor in Dance from Brigham Young University. Marilyn received her MA in 1963 from Pennsylvania State University, with a major in Theatre Arts and a minor in Arts Education.

Richardson began teaching in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation [HPER] Department on the South Dakota State University [SDSU] campus in 1964. At that time, the Frost Arena was not yet built; she taught dance courses in the old barn in whatever space was available. In 1968, she started the Annual Student Dance Concerts. In 1976, Marilyn initiated and worked to establish a dance minor through the HPER Department. The Experimental Dance Concert, which was held on the unique stage of the South Dakota Art Museum was started in 1980.

Richardson provided performance opportunities for dancers, offering experimental concerts to challenge students ideals of dance and art, and main stage productions that provided students with choreographic and performance experience. She developed the Motion Machine, which was a student performance company that traveled throughout the region performing at elementary schools. Not only did this offer the SDSU dancers touring and performance experience, but it also provided school children throughout the state the chance to see dance in a different and creative perspective.

Richardson provided choreographic services to SDSU theatre, taught private dance lessons, served on several local, state, and national committees, dabbled in the writing world, and toured as artist in residence and touring artist through the South Dakota Arts Council.

Marilyn Richardson retired from SDSU on May 15, 1994. She is mother of three children and wife to Jay


This collection is arranged into five series:

Series 1. Awards and plaques

Series 2. General papers

Series 3. Photographs, slides, and video cassettes

Series 4. Broadsides

Series 5. Scrapbooks

Contents Note

This collection is composed of materials related to dance and the teaching of dance at South Dakota State University. Slides, photographs, videos, posters and scrapbooks document the formal entrance of dance into the university curriculum.

Series 1. Awards and plaques.

The awards and plaques are composed of various awards and plaques presented to Marilyn Richardson over the years.

Series 2. General papers.

The general papers is composed of programs, newsletters, Dance Club material, dance camp and workshop material, concert choreography, and clippings from newspapers and other publications. Also included is the Dance Minor proposal and history at SDSU, information on Nellie G. Kendall, Barbara Kohn, and Terry Larvie, and biographical data of Marilyn Richardson.

Series 3. Photographs, slides, and video cassettes.

The photographs, slides and video cassettes include images of students and faculty, dance concerts, rehearsals, camps, workshops, the Motion Machine and guest artist and companies. The videos are of concerts, the Motion Machine, student projects, student solos, dance camps, rehearsals, and experimental dance.

Series 4. Broadsides.

The broadsides are composed of poses used for publicity for dance concerts given at SDSU by students, faculty and guest artists and companies. Some of the posters include collages of photographs which may duplicate photographs in the Photographs, Slides and Videocassettes series.

Series 5. Scrapbooks.

The scrapbooks were created for the Dance Club and the Modern Dance Club and include photographs, programs, and clippings.

Key Words

Hauschild-Mork, Melissa

Richardson, Marilyn

South Dakota State University -- Dance

South Dakota State University -- Dance Club

South Dakota State University -- Faculty

South Dakota State University -- Modern Dance Club

Container List

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Marilyn Richardson Papers Container List. UA 53.11

1. Awards and plaques12Central District - AAPHERD, Dance Division1992
1. Awards and plaques11Central District Association - AAPERD1994
1. Awards and plaques13Dance Concert pin1987
1. Awards and plaques14F.O. Butler Foundation award1989
1. Awards and plaques15Handmade appreciation awards (3 paper plates with yarn)undated
1. Awards and plaques16HPER Department (piece of dance floor)1994
1. Awards and plaques21Past VP for Dance - CDAAHPERD1983-1984
1. Awards and plaques22South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Recreation and Dance1993-1994
1. Awards and plaques23South Dakota State University - Department of HPERundated
1. Awards and plaques24State of South Dakota - Dedicated service1993
2. General papers31Biographical dataundated
2. General papers32Certificates1959-1986
2. General papers33Clippings1957-1994
2. General papers34Correspondence1959-1994
2. General papers35Dance camps and workshops1966-1992
2. General papers36Dance Club1980-1982
2. General papers37Dance Club1983-1984
2. General papers38Dance Club1985-1987
2. General papers39Dance Club1988-1993
2. General papers310Dance concerts at SDSU1976-1987
2. General papers311Dance lab rosters1974-1993
2. General papers312Dance minor proposal and history1972-1987
2. General papers313Experimental concerts1981-1992
2. General papers314Faculty concerts1989-1990
2. General papers315Flyers and clippings1970-1979
2. General papers316Kendall, Nellie F.1987
2. General papers317Kohn, Barbara1982-1984
2. General papers41Larvie, Terry1979-1993
2. General papers42Motion Machine publicity1979-1990
2. General papers43Newsletters1985-1993
2. General papers44Programs1958-1986
2. General papers45Programs1987-1994
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes46Dance camp and Dance Day for Gymnasts1984-1992
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes47Fiesta Mexicana1980
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes48Hauschild-Mork, Melissa1985-1991
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes49Motion Machine [1]1981-1988
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes410Motion Machine [2]1981-1988
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes411Richardson, Marilyn1959-1990
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes418Slides1971-1991
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes412Students and faculty1970-1979
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes413Students and faculty1980-1982
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes414Students and faculty1982-1983
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes415Students and faculty1983-1984
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes416Students and faculty1984-1985
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes417Students and faculty1985-1993
3. Photographs, slides and video cassettes419Videocassettes1981-1993
4. Broadsides420Posters1966-1992
5. Scrapbooks5ItemDance Club1966-1984
5. Scrapbooks5ItemDance Club1976-1977
5. Scrapbooks5ItemModern Dance Club1965-1975

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, Archivist, 1998 July 23.