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Guide to the Margot Mayo Notes on the History of Dance
circa 1950s
 MS 406

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 10, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mayo, Margot, 1910-1974
Title: Margot Mayo notes on the history of dance
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1950s
Abstract: The collection includes research notes compiled circa 1950s by Margot Mayo (1910-1974), mostly concerning the history of dance, dancers, and dancing instruction in New York City and the nation from 1730-1900.
Quantity: 3 Linear feet in 3 record cartons
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 406

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Biographical / Historical

Margot Mayo was a teacher of music and dance in the New York City school system, and perhaps best known for her connections with American folk music and square dancing. (Margot is not to be confused with the actress Margaret Mayo.) She was born in Texas in 1910, moving in the 1930s to New York where she lived the rest of her life. She was a founder of the American Square Dance Group in 1934, editor of the magazine Promenade, and author of "The American Square Dance" in 1943. Mayo died in New York in 1974.

(This note was based on Mayo's entry in Wikipedia.)

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes research notes compiled by Margot Mayo, mostly concerning the history of dance, dancers, and dancing instruction in New York City and the nation from 1730-1900. The bulk of the collection consists of index cards with notes, often very brief, on individual dancers or topics. These may have been compiled in connection with an unrealized book project by Mayo as there are also fragmentary manuscript writings for chapters on the history of dancing/dancers in New York City.

Arrangement

The documents remain boxed and foldered as received by N-YHS. Although generally orderly and accessible, some of the index cards appear to be out of proper sequence, especially those from the chronological set.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Research notes.

Subject Topics

  • Dance.
  • Dance teachers.
  • Dancers -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Women historians -- United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Margot Mayo notes on the history of dance, MS 406, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition information has not been determined.

Processing Information

The collection has been only minimally processed. The documents for the most part remain in the original index card boxes, letterbox, and folders as received by N-YHS. The collection was first cataloged in 1985. This finding aid was prepared by archivist Larry Weimer in September 2021

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Manuscript and notes

Scope and Contents

This box holds: 1) Letterbox of notes, manuscripts of draft chapters, etc. 2) List of dancers, etc. by NYC street location, compiled by Mayo based on city directories. 3) Alphabetical list of dancing masters in NYC. 4) Accordion folder of notes on individual dancing masters.

1950s
Offsite-Box: 2 Index Card Boxes 1,2,5,7

Scope and Contents

This box holds 4 index card boxes labeled as:

#1: New York & Dancing Masters. Chronological list of NYC dancers

#2: Dance masters, NYC, etc., 1687-. Alphabetical list of NYC dancing masters

#5: Concerts & balls

#7: Religion in General & NYC

undated
Offsite-Box: 3 Index Card Boxes 3,4,6,8,9

Scope and Contents

This box holds 5 index card boxes labeled as:

#3: Dancing masters, National

#4: Dances in old books

#6: Taverns, halls, theaters

#8: Miscellaneous historical topics

#9: Miscellaneous historical topics

undated

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