Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Betty Lynd Thompson Papers, 1916-1980

Scope and Content Note

The Betty Lynd Thompson Papers document the teaching and dance performance career of Thompson. The Papers include correspondence; teaching materials and student papers; writings by Thompson on a variety of topics; publications pertaining to dance instruction; dance programs, clippings, and ephemera; photographs; and motion picture films. The bulk of the documentary materials were created or assembled during her years as a dance instructor at Oregon State; they also include materials from her high school and college years. The teaching materials include the two books that she wrote on dance instruction, Fundamentals of Rhythm and Dance (1933) and Student Manual for Modern Creative Dance (1966), as well as papers and projects completed by students in her classes. The collection also includes sound recordings that she apparently used for warm-up in her classes.

The photographs include a variety of formats (prints, film negatives, slides, and tintypes) and depict a wide range of subjects including dance classes and performances, her family and friends, pets and animals, her home, and her student years at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The motion picture films are 16 mm b/w and color. Most are silent; a film of dance students made in the 1950s includes sound. The films consist primarily of footage of students in modern and creative dance classes at Oregon State University; there is also one film of Thompson and a film of women's field hockey.

The Papers also include several ceramic figurines of dancers made by Thompson as well as photographs of the figurines.

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