Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Grace L. Ryan Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Grace L. Ryan Collection,
Creator: Ryan, Grace L.
Inclusive dates: 1872-1969
Extent: 13 cubic feet (in 13 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection consists mainly of records, books, and other instructional materials on various types of dancing, and related activities, which Ryan collected or wrote and then used for her classes. Also included are biographical materials and photographs.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
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Access Restrictions:

Grace L. Ryan Collection

Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

Grace L. Ryan Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by type of dance, then by author's surname and title.


History

Biography:

Grace Laura Ryan (1894-1986) has been considered a pioneer in the field of Physical Education and dance. Following her 1923 graduation from Michigan State Normal School in Ypsilanti, Miss Ryan began a 35 year career in the Physical Education Department of Central Michigan Normal School. During this time she received her master's degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University (1931) and completed additional graduate work at Northwestern University and Sarah Lawrence College.

While teaching at Central, Miss Ryan had an impact on the Physical Education Department. She was instrumental in bringing about co-educational activities in Physical Education courses. She also stirred interest in American Folk dances by teaching courses and in 1926 publishing "Dances of Our Pioneers." In 1937, Miss Ryan incorporated a recreation minor into the physical education curriculum. While at Central, she became a recognized authority in the health, physical education and recreation fields, served in many associations, and received several awards and honors. In 1974, following her 1958 retirement, Central Michigan University dedicated Grace L. Ryan Hall in her honor.

Some of her books and music are separately cataloged on the Libraries’ catalog. The ones which required original cataloging were left in this collection to facilitate their access by researchers.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is valuable to any researcher studying different types of dancing and the teaching dancing. The collection consists mainly of records, books, and other instructional materials on various types of dancing that Ryan collected or wrote and used for her classes. A few biographical materials in the collection (Box 9) relate to her biography, teaching notes, and some photographic materials of Ryan. Other photographs (Box 10) related to Physical Education.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Folk dancing, American.
    • Folk dance music--United States.
    • Ballroom dancing.
    • Square dancing.
    • Clog dancing.
    • Modern dance--United States--History.
    • Tap dancing.
    • Dance for children.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Grace L. Ryan Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Books: General: Bacon, Albert M. Manual of Gesture, 1872
    Box   1 F   2
    Books: General: Buttree, Julia M. Rhythm of the Redman, 1930
    Box   1 F   3
    Books: General: Chalif, Louis H. Calif. Text Book of Dancing, 1914
    Box   1 F   4
    Books: General: Colby, Gertrude K. Natural Rhythms and Dances, 1922
    Box   1 F   5
    Books: General: Dodworth, Allen. Dancing, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Books: General: Ellis, Havelock. Dance of Life, 1929
    Box   1 F   7
    Books: General: Fergusson, Erna. Dancing Gods, 1931
    Box   1 F   8
    Books: General: Frost, Helen. Oriental and Character Dances, 1927
    Box   1 F   9
    Books: General: Gilbert, M.B. Round Dancing, 1890
    Box   1 F   10
    Books: General: H'Doubler, Margaret N. Dance A Creative Art Experience, 1940
    Box   1 F   11
    Books: General: Joukowsky, Anatol M. Teaching of Ethnic Dance, 1965
    Box   1 F   12
    Books: General: Sharp, Cecil and Herbert Macilwaine. Morris Book, 1907
    Box   1 F   13
    Books: General: Smith, Helen Norman. Natural Dance Studies, 1928
    Box   1 F   14
    Books: General: Steele, Frances Mary. Beauty of Form and Grace of Gesture, 1892
    Box   1 F   15
    Books: General: Wilson, Marguerite. Dancing, 1899
    Box   1 F   16
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Boguslanoth, M. Album of Favourite Strauss Waltzes, 1937
    Box   1 F   17
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Dick and Fitzgerald Publishers. Dick's Quadrille Call-Book, 1895
    Box   1 F   18
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Engel, Lyle Kenyon. Fred Astaire Dance Book, 1962
    Box   1 F   19
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Gilbert, Melvin Ballou. Gilbert Dances Vol. I, 1913
    Box   2 F   1
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Gilbert, Melvin Ballou. Gilbert Dances Vol. II, 1913
    Box   2 F   2
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Murray, Arthur. How to Become a Good Dancer, 1938
    Box   2 F   3
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Parson, Thomas E. Popular Ballroom Dances For All, 1947
    Box   2 F   4
    Books: Ballroom Dance: Wilson, George. Wilson's Ballroom Guide and Call Book, 1884
    Box   2 F   5
    Books: Children's Dance: Anderson, M., M. Elliot and J. La Berge. Play With a Purpose, 1966
    Box   2 F   6
    Books: Children's Dance: Arnold, Francis M. Child Life In Music, undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Books: Children's Dance: A.S. Barnes and Company. Dancing In the Elementary Schools, 1933
    Box   2 F   8
    Books: Children's Dance: Bell, Elizabeth Turner. Fifty Figure and Character Dances, 1925
    Box   2 F   9
    Books: Children's Dance: Bell, Elizabeth Turner. Music For Figure and Character Dances, 1925
    Box   2 F   10
    Books: Children's Dance: Bowen, W.P. Teaching of Elementary School Gymnastics, 1909
    Box   2 F   11
    Books: Children's Dance: Crampton, C., M.D. and Mary Wollaston. Song Play Book, 1917
    Box   2 F   12
    Books: Children's Dance: Crawford, Caroline. Dramatic Games and Dances for Little Children, 1914
    Box   2 F   13
    Books: Children's Dance: de Nancrede, E. and G.M. Smith. Mother Goose Dances, undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Books: Children's Dance: Detroit Public Schools. Course of Study in Rhythms and Dances Elementary Schools, 1926
    Box   2 F   15
    Books: Children's Dance: Enebuske, C.J., A.M., Ph.D. Progressive Gymnastic Day's Orders, 1892
    Box   2 F   16
    Books: Children's Dance: Hoffer, Mari Ruef. Music For the Child World, Vol. I, 1900
    Box   2 F   17
    Books: Children's Dance: Hoffer, Mari Ruef. Music For the Child World, Vol. II, 1902
    Box   2 F   18
    Books: Children's Dance: Lamkin, Nina B. Dances, Drills and Story-Plays, 1916
    Box   2 F   19
    Books: Children's Dance: LaSalle, Dorothy. Rhythms and Dances for Elementary Schools, 1926, and revised version, 1951, 1926, 1951
    Box   2 F   20
    Books: Children's Dance: Phillips Moses, Irene. Rhythmic Action Plays and Dances, 1915
    Box   2 F   21
    Books: Children's Dance: Suder, Henry. Song-Roundels and Games, 1904
    Box   2 F   22
    Books: Children's Dance: Wolfrod, Leah Jackson. Play-Party In Indiana, 1917
    Box   3 F   1
    Books: Clog Dance: Frost, Helen. Clog Dance Book, 1921
    Box   3 F   2
    Books: Clog Dance: Frost, Helen. Tap Caper and Clog, 1931
    Box   3 F   3
    Books: Folk Dance: Bergquist, Nils W. Swedish Folk Dances, 1910
    Box   3 F   4
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. Dances of the People, 1913
    Box   3 F   5
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. Folk-Dances and Singing Games, 1909
    Box   3 F   6
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. Folk-Dances from Old Homelands, 1922
    Box   3 F   7
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. Folk-Dances of Denmark, 1915
    Box   3 F   8
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. Folk-Dances of Finland, undated
    Box   3 F   9
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. Folk-Dances of Germany, 1938
    Box   3 F   10
    Books: Folk Dance: Burchenal, Elizabeth. National Dances of Ireland, 1924
    Box   3 F   11
    Books: Folk Dance: Chalif, Louis H. Folk Dances of Different Nations, 1926
    Box   3 F   12
    Books: Folk Dance: Chicago Park District. Folk Tunes, 1942
    Box   3 F   13
    Books: Folk Dance: Coles, Cowper. Old English Country Dance Steps, 1909
    Box   3 F   14
    Books: Folk Dance: Crampton, C.W., M.D. Folk Dance Book, 1909
    Box   3 F   15
    Books: Folk Dance: Crampton, C.W., M.D. Second Folk Dance Book, 1916
    Box   3 F   16
    Books: Folk Dance: Crawford, Caroline. Folk Dances and Games, 1908
    Box   3 F   17
    Books: Folk Dance: Ellfeldt, Lois. Folk Dance, 1969
    Box   3 F   18
    Books: Folk Dance: Fox, Grace I. Folk Dancing In High School and College, 1944
    Box   3 F   19
    Books: Folk Dance: Geary, Marjorie Crane. Folk Dances of Czechoslovakia, 1922
    Box   3 F   20
    Books: Folk Dance: Hinman, Mary Wood. Gymnastic and Folk Dancing, Vol. I, 1916
    Box   3 F   21
    Books: Folk Dance: Hinman, Mary Wood. Gymnastic and Folk Dancing, Vol. IV, 1916
    Box   3 F   22
    Books: Folk Dance: Hoffer, Mari Ruef. Popular Folk Games and Dances, 1907
    Box   3 F   23
    Books: Folk Dance: John C. Cambell Folk School. Singing Games and Folk Dances, 1941
    Box   4 F   1
    Books: Folk Dance: Lincoln, Jennette E.C. Festival Book, 1912
    Box   4 F   2
    Books: Folk Dance: Lindscott, Eloise Hubbard. Folk Songs of Old New England, 1939
    Box   4 F   3
    Books: Folk Dance: Rath, Emil. Folk Dance in Education, 1939
    Box   4 F   4
    Books: Folk Dance: Ryan, Grace L. Dances of Our Pioneers, 1926
    Box   4 F   5
    Books: Folk Dance: Ryan, Grace L. Dances of Our Pioneers, 2nd edition, 1939
    Box   4 F   6
    Books: Folk Dance: Shambaugh, Mary Effie. Folk Dances For Boys and Girls, 1929
    Box   4 F   7
    Books: Folk Dance: Shambaugh, Mary Effie. Folk Festivals, 1932
    Box   4 F   8
    Books: Folk Dance: Workers of the Writers' Program, Nebraska Folklore (Book Two), 1940
    Box   4 F   9
    Books: Modern Dance: Gates, Edith M. Program Papers For Today and Tomorrow, 1941
    Box   4 F   10
    Books: Modern Dance: Martin, John. Modern Dance, 1933
    Box   4 F   11
    Books: Modern Dance: Urlin, Ethel L. Dancing Ancient and Modern, 1912
    Box   4 F   11
    Books: Modern Dance: Urlin, Ethel L. Dancing Ancient and Modern, 1912
    Box   4 F   12
    Books: Physical Education: Mitchell, Elmer D., ed. Sports For Recreation and How to Play Them, 1936
    Box   4 F   13
    Books: Physical Education: Rice, Emmett A. and John L. Hutchinson. Brief History of Physical Education, 1926
    Box   4 F   14
    Books: Physical Education: Schwendener, Norma. History of Physical Education In the United States, 1942
    Box   4 F   15
    Books: Social Dance: Ballwebber, Edith. Group Instruction In Social Dancing, 1938
    Box   4 F   16
    Books: Social Dance: Hess, Lewis A. Social Dancing Fundamentals, 1968
    Box   4 F   17
    Books: Social Dance: Morton, Virgil L. Teaching of Popular Dance, 1966
    Box   4 F   18
    Books: Social Dance: White, Betty. Betty White's Teen-Age Dance Book, 1952
    Box   4 F   19
    Books: Social Dance: White, Betty. Betty White's Teen-Age Dance Book, 1963
    Box   4 F   20
    Books: Song Books: Beattie, J., W. Breach, M. Glenn, W. Goodell, E. Gordon, N. Hall, E. Hesser and E. Wisenall. Golden Book of Favorite Songs, 1915
    Box   4 F   21
    Books: Song Books: Oberndorfer, Marx and Anne Oberndorfer. New American Song Book, 1933
    Box   4 F   22
    Books: Song Books: Pattengill, Henry R. Song Knapsack, undated
    Box   4 F   23
    Books: Square Dance: Bayared, Samuel P., Hill Country Tunes, 1945
    Box   4 F   24
    Books: Square Dance: Chase, Ann Hastings. Singing Caller, 1944
    Box   5 F   1
    Books: Square Dance: Foster, C.D. Learn to Dance and Call Square Dances the Foster Way, 1942
    Box   5 F   2
    Books: Square Dance: Jensen, Clayne R. and Mary Bee Jensen. Beginning Square Dance, 1966
    Box   5 F   3
    Books: Square Dance: John C. Campbell Folk School. Singing Games Old and New, 1933
    Box   5 F   4
    Books: Square Dance: Kraus, Richard. Square Dances of Today and How to Teach and Call Them, 1950
    Box   5 F   5
    Books: Square Dance: Luther, Frank. Americans and Their Songs, 1942
    Box   5 F   6
    Books: Square Dance: Lyman, Frank L. Jr. One Hundred and One Singing Calls, 1949
    Box   5 F   7
    Books: Square Dance: Maddocks, Durward. Swinging Your Partners, 1941
    Box   5 F   8
    Books: Square Dance: Mayo, Margot. American Square Dance, 1943
    Box   5 F   9
    Books: Square Dance: McNair, Ralph J. Western Square Dances, 1941
    Box   5 F   10
    Books: Square Dance: Owens, William A. Swing and Turn: Texas Play-Party Games, 1936
    Box   5 F   11
    Books: Square Dance: Owens, William A. Swing and Turn: Texas Play-Party Games, 1936
    Box   5 F   12
    Books: Square Dance: Peppers, J.W. Prompter's Call Book, 1889
    Box   5 F   13
    Books: Square Dance: Phillips, Patricia A. Contemporary Square Dance, 1968
    Box   5 F   14
    Books: Square Dance: Porter, W.S., M. Heffer and A. Heffer, ed. Apted Book of Country Dances, 1944
    Box   5 F   15
    Books: Square Dance: Porter, W.S., M. Heffer and A. Heffer, ed. Apted Book of Country Dances, 1944
    Box   5 F   16
    Books: Square Dance: Osgood, Bob, ed. Five Years of Square Dancing, 1954
    Box   5 F   17
    Books: Square Dance: Schell, John M. Prompting How To Do It, 1890
    Box   5 F   18
    Books: Square Dance: Sharp, Cecil J. Country Dance Book Part I, 1909
    Box   5 F   19
    Books: Square Dance: Sharp, Cecil J. Country Dance Book Part II, 1913
    Box   5 F   20
    Books: Square Dance: Shaw, Lloyd. Cowboy Dances, 1939
    Box   5 F   21
    Books: Square Dance: Tolman, Beth and Ralph Page. Country Dance Book, 1937
    Box   5 F   22
    Books: Square Dance: Trieb, Martin H. Handbook of Couple Dances, 1954
    Box   5 F   23
    Books: Tap Dance: Ballwebber, Edith. Tap Dancing Fundamentals and Routines, 1930
    Box   5 F   24
    Books: Tap Dance: Duggan, Anne Schley. Tap Dances, 1932
    Box   5 F   25
    Books: Tap Dance: Duggan, Anne Schley. Tap Dances for School and Recreation, 1935
    Box   5 F   26
    Books: Tap Dance: Grace Ryan Story, undated
    Box   5 F   27
    Books: Tap Dance: Grace Ryan Miscellaneous Collection, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Central Michigan University: General, undated
    Box   6 F   2
    Central Michigan University: Grace L. Ryan Hall, undated
    Box   6 F   3
    Central Michigan University: Physical Education, undated
    Box   6 F   4
    Dance: Brochures and Newsletters, undated
    Box   6 F   5
    Instructional Materials: General, undated
    Box   6 F   6
    Instructional Materials: Ballroom dance, undated
    Box   6 F   7
    Instructional Materials: Folk dance, undated
    Box   7 F   1
    Instructional Materials: Folk dance (2 folders), undated
    Box   7 F   2
    Instructional Materials: Games and Dances (2 folders), undated
    Box   7 F   3
    Instructional Materials: Schools- Games and Dances, undated
    Box   7 F   4
    Instructional Materials: Social dance, undated
    Box   7 F   5
    Instructional Materials: Square dance (4 folders), undated
    Box   7 F   6
    Instructional Materials: Square dance (3 folders), undated
    Box   7 F   7
    Instructional Materials: Newspaepr and Magazine Articles, undated
    Box   7 F   8
    Instructional Materials: Newspaper and Magazine Articles, undated
    Box   7 F   9
    Instructional Materials: Sheet Music, General (2 folders), undated
    Box   7 F   10
    Instructional Materials: Sheet Music, Ballroom music, undated
    Box   8 F   1
    Instructional Materials: Sheet Music, Folk music, undated
    Box   8 F   2
    Instructional Materials: Sheet Music, Square dance music (4 folders), undated
    Box   9 F   1
    Grace L. Ryan, General, undated
    Box   9 F   2
    Grace L. Ryan, Biographies, undated
    Box   9 F   3
    Grace L. Ryan, Photographic Materials (proof sheet, negatives), undated
    Box   9 F   4
    Grace L. Ryan, Teaching Notes (5 folders), undated
    Box   10 F   1
    Photographs, Physical Education (4 folders), undated
    Box   10 F   2
    Photographs, Mount Pleasant Senior Crucible, 1899
    Box   11 F   1
    Records (long playing disc records), General (2 folders), undated
    Box   11 F   2
    Records (long playing disc records), Ballroom Dance, undated
    Box   11 F   3
    Records (long playing disc records), Beethoven, Sonata No. 14, in C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight"), undated
    Box   11 F   4
    Records (long playing disc records), Mendelssohn, Incidental Music to Shakespeare's Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream, undated
    Box   11 F   5
    Records (long playing disc records), Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, undated
    Box   11 F   6
    Records (long playing disc records), Tschaikowsky, Capriccio Italien Op. 45, undated
    Box   11 F   7
    Records (long playing disc records), Ye Old Time Dance Nite, undated
    Box   11 F   8
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, American Folk Songs, undated
    Box   11 F   9
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, Dances of Many Lands, 1961
    Box   11 F   10
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, Dances of Many Lands, 1961
    Box   11 F   11
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, English Country Dancing Master, 1959
    Box   11 F   12
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, Early American Dances Records (2), undated
    Box   11 F   13
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, Folk Dance Festival, 1961
    Box   11 F   14
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, Folk Dance Funfest, 1961
    Box   11 F   15
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, Happy Folk Dances, 1958
    Box   11 F   16
    Records (long playing disc records), Folk Dances, New England Contra Dances with Calls, 1950
    Box   12 F   1
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Country Fair Square Dances, 1947
    Box   12 F   2
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Country Dances - Squares, undated
    Box   12 F   3
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Cowboy Dances called by Lloyd Shaw, 1947
    Box   12 F   4
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Cowboy Square Dances, undated
    Box   12 F   5
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Frontier Ballads and Cowboy Songs, undated
    Box   12 F   6
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Honor Your Partners - Album 3 (2), undated
    Box   12 F   7
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Long Ways Square Dances With Calls, undated
    Box   12 F   8
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Play Party Games (square dances with calls, 2), undated
    Box   12 F   9
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Quadrilles with Calls (2), undated
    Box   12 F   10
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Running Se Square Dances With Calls, 1942
    Box   12 F   11
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances (Black and White), undated
    Box   12 F   12
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances - Carson Robison, undated
    Box   12 F   13
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances - Cliffie Stone's Band, 1947
    Box   12 F   14
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances (Decca), undated
    Box   12 F   15
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances With and Without Calls - Woodhulll's Old Time Masters, undated
    Box   13 F   1
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances With Calls - Cliffie Stone's Band, 1947
    Box   13 F   2
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances With Calls (Decca), undated
    Box   13 F   3
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances With Calls (Disc), undated
    Box   13 F   4
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances With Calls (The Folk Dancer), 1950
    Box   13 F   5
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances Without Calls (Decca), undated
    Box   13 F   6
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Square Dances Without Calls (Disc), undated
    Box   13 F   7
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Swing Your Partner - Arkansas Woodchopper and His Square Dance Band, 1948
    Box   13 F   8
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Swing Your Partner - Arkansas Woodchopper and His Square Dance Band, undated
    Box   13 F   9
    Records (long playing disc records), Square Dances, Swing Your Partner -Square Dances or Quadrilles, undated