National Society of Arts and Letters records

Abstract

The National Society of Arts and Letters records (dated 1949-2011, undated; 4.35 cubic feet; 4 record cartons, 1 document box) comprise conference and competition programs for the annual NSAL meeting, award fund financial reports, administrative manuals for regional chapters, and national membership directories and newsletters that document the Society's mission to support students of the performing, literary, and visual arts.

Descriptive Summary

Title
National Society of Arts and Letters records
Creator
Park, Judith A.
Extent
4.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Arts -- Competitions
Arts -- United States -- Societies, etc.
Performing arts.
Arts, Visual.
Literature
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into 7 series by subject and format: Administrative files, Officer records, Chapters, Conferences and competitions, Financials, Printed materials, and Audiovisual materials.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Mackenzie Wade
Preferred Citation
2015ms046 : [identification of item], National Society of Arts and Letters records, 1949-2011, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) was founded in Washington, D. C. in 1944 by Mollie Davis Nicholson and Francesca Nielsen as a women's member organization with a mission to advocate for the arts and provide financial support for young artists studying literature, music, and the visual arts.
From its inception, NSAL has held an annual national conference, hosted by an individual NSAL chapter. The first national conference was held by the Chicago chapter in June of 1945 and included eight chapters: Washington, D. C., Chicago, Florida, Colorado, North Dakota, California, Texas, and Kentucky. The first scholarships were awarded in 1945 by the Washington and Chicago chapters, headed by NSAL founders Nicholson and Nielsen.
The growth of NSAL led to its incorporation as a nonprofit in 1949 and the expansion of its annual competition to include dance and theatre. Now with men and women from seventeen regional chapters across the United States, the NSAL continues to sponsor emerging artists through annual award competitions, mentoring programs, master classes and critiques, and arts scholarships.
Scope and Content
The National Society of Arts and Letters records (dated 1949-2011, undated; 4.35 cubic feet; 4 record cartons, 1 document box) comprise conference and competition programs for the annual NSAL meeting, award fund financial reports, administrative manuals for regional chapters, and national membership directories and newsletters that document the Society's mission to support students of the performing, literary, and visual arts.
The records also include chapter files, primarily for the Kentucky chapter based in Lexington, and photographs and videocassettes of competitions, chapter members, and contestants.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Administrative files, 1982-2009, undated

Comprises administrative manuals, scholarship applications and correspondence, board reports and meeting minutes, National Society of Arts and Letters brochures, and planning documents that detail the mission and vision of the Society. Arranged alphabetically by subject and format. Arranged alphabetically by subject and format.

Administrative support, 1996

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 1
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Arts medal nomination, Ann Hamilton, 2000

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 2
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Board and executive meeting minutes, 1992-2005

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 3
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Board reports, 2003

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 4
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Brochures, 1994-2004

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 5
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Bylaws, 1994-2009

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 6
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Competition applications and brochures, 1990-2008, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 7
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Executive Director's report, 1991 May 31

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 8
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How To Be a Fundraiser for National Society of Arts and Letters by Joan Franklin Smutny and Rita Margaret Weaver, 1990 May

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 9
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Job procedure manuals, 1990-1992, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 10
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Liaison for award winners reports, 1982-1993, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 11
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Membership, 2000-2004, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 12
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Mission and vision, 1999-2000

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 13
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National Historian's report, 2000

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 14
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National Society of Arts and Letters button, undated

  • Box 5, item 8
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Sheila Summers scholars, 2000-2001, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 15
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Strategic planning, 2000

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 16
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Winston Scholarships, 2005

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 17
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Officer records, 1949-2008, undated

Comprises correspondence, meeting materials, and administrative materials from NSAL Officers, including National Second Vice President Helen Caldwell, Liaison for Award Winners Joan Edie, Public Information Chairman Gail Moore, and National Presidents Minerva Wilson (1994-1996), Reva Shiner (1998-2000), and Nancy E. Brockman (2004-2006).

Nancy E. Brockman, 1949-2008

50th anniversary celebration, Washington, D.C, 1994

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 18
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Bylaws and amendment materials, 2001

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 19
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Meeting notes and chapter correspondence, 1949-1952, 1994-2008

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 20
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San Antonio, Texas meetings, 1994

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 21
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President Nancy E. Brockman notebook, 2002-2004

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 22-23
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Hawaii itinerary and Sheration information, 2003

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 24
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Hawaii conference, 2005

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 25
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Helen Caldwell, 1990-1992

NSAL boundaries, 1990-1992

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 26
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NSAL competitions, 1990-1992

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 27
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Executive committee materials, 1990-1992

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 28
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Management proposals, 1991

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 29
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Reva Shiner, 1987-2000, undated

Binder, 1998-2000

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 33
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Orange County, California chapter correspondence, 1992-1993

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 34
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Salt Lake City, Utah chapter, 1987-1994, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 35
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Assorted staff files, 1982-2002

Joan Edie, competition contestants and winners, 1994, 2000-2002

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 30
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Mrs. Terrell Price correspondence, 1984, 1996

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 31
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Gail Moore, Public Information Chairman, 1982

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 32
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Minerva Wilson binder, 1994-1996

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 36
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Chapters, 1979-2009, undated

Comprises correspondence, invitations, fliers, and member applications that document the events and constitutents of regional chapters of the National Society of Arts and Letters. Also includes guidelines and manuals for chapter administration and correspondence and applications of dissolved chapters.

Chapter administration, 1984-2001, undated

Chapter applications, 1984-2000, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 37
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Chapter organization guidelines, 1998, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 38
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Chapter contestants, 1991-1994, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 39
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Manual for chapter presidents, 1991, 2001, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 40
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Chapter files, 1987-1997

Chicago chapter, 1987-1989

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 41
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Evanston, Illinois chapter, 1997

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 42
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Honolulu, Hawaii chapter, 1997

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 43
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Iowa chapter, 1990-1991

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 44
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Los Angeles, California chapter, 1989-1992

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 45
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North Florida chapter, 1996-1997

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 46
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Kentucky chapter, 1998-2009

1998-2001

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 47
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2001

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 48
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2002

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 49
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2003

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 50
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2004

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 51
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2005

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 52
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2006

  • Box 2015ms046-1, folder 53
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2007

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 1
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2009

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 2
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Dissolved chapters, 1979-1998, undated

Austin, Texas, 1993-1994

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 3
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Bossier City, Louisiana, 1979, 1985

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 4
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1984-1989, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 5
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Cochise, Arizona, 1990-1991

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 6
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Des Moines, Iowa, 1995-1996

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 7
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Fresno, California, 1989-1998

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 8
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Northern Minnesota, 1991

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 9
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Richmond, Virginia, 1990-1991, 1998

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 10
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San Diego, California, 1984-1996, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 11
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Shreveport, Louisana, 1990-1991

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 12
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Conferences and competitions, 1979-2010, undated

Comprises agendas and programs for the annual NSAL conference and pamphlets and applications for NSAL's competitions in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Also includes a guide to planning the annual convention, a publication on NSAL's awards history, and clippings on awards winners. Arranged chronologically by conference and competition date, with materials not specific to one event at the end of the series.

Teleplay competition, Washington, D.C., 1993

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 13
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Presidents' luncheon, Jacksonville, Florida, 1995

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 14
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Career awards competition in ceramics finalists, St. Louis, Missouri, 1996 May

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 15
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Birmingham, Alabama conference, 1997

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 16
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Ann Arbor, Michigan conference, 1998

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 17
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Literature competition, 1998

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 18
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Cincinnati, Ohio conference, 1999

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 19
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Chicago, Illinois conference, 2000

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 20
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania conference, 2001

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 21
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Boca Raton, Florida conference, 2002

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 22
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Piano competition, 2003

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 23
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Literature and poetry competitions, 2003

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 24
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Lexington, Kentucky conference, 2003

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 25-27
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois conference, 2004

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 28
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Honolulu, Hawaii conference, 2005

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 29
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Jacksonville, Florida conference, 2006

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 30
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Tempe, Arizona conference, 2007

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 31
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Water media on paper art exhibit, 2007

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 32
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Bloomington, Indiana conference, 2008

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 33
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Acting competitions, Washington, D.C., 2009

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 34
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Clearwater Beach, Florida conference, 2010

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 35
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Award winners, 1979-2004, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 36
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Awards History: 1945-1993 by the National Society of Arts and Letters Washington DC Chapter, circa 1993

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 8
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Washington chapter winners, 1987-1994, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 37
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Convention planning guide, undated

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 38
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Financials, 1983-2010

Comprises reports and account statements of NSAL award funds, audit and investment reports of NSAL accounts, and NSAL Treasurer financial files and correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Audit reports and tax documents, 1996-2008

Auditors reports, 2002-2003

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 39
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Tax forms, 1996-2006

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 40
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Tax forms, 2008

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 41
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Award fund reports and statements, 1983-2010

Audrey Peery Award Fund, 2007-2010

2007-2008

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 42
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2009-2010

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 43
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Kathy Lee Morgan Fund for Art, 2010

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 44
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Marina Svetlova Endowment for Dance, 2010

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 45
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Mary Peery Fife Fund, 1998-2010

1998-2000

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 46
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2001-2003

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 47
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2004-2005

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 48
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2006-2007

  • Box 2015ms046-2, folder 49
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2008-2010

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 1
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Nicholson-Nielsen Trust Fund, 1983-2010

1983-1995

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 2
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1995-1997

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 3
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1998-1999

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 4
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2000-2002

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 5
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2003

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 6
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2004

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 7
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2005

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 8
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2006

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 9
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2007

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 10
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2008-2010

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 11
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Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship Fund, 2003-2010

2003-2004

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 12
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2005

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 13
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2006

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 14
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2007

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 15
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2008-2010

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 16
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Financial and investment reports, 1996-2009

Financial reports, 1996, 1999

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 17
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Financial reports, 2000-2003

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 18
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Economic and investment reviews, 2007

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 19
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Economic and investment reviews, 2008 July-2009 April

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 20
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Economic and investment reviews, 2009 July-October

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 21
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Investment reviews, 1996-2001

  • Box 2015ms046-3, folder 22
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Investment reviews, 2002-2003

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 1
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Treasurer files, 1986-2009

Nancy Brockman, 2004-2009

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 2
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Daphne Harrell, 2000-2004

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 3
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Jack Masters, 1986-2004

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 4
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Nancy Ann Strecker, 1995-2002

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 5-6
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Jeanne Tasse, 2002-2006

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 7
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Printed materials, 1979-2011

Comprises printed membership directories and newsletters that document NSAL members and events. The membership directories, the Roster and Review, and the Yearbook and Roster list national board members and officers, chapter presidents and members, standing and special committee members, and national advisory council members. NSAL newsletters and NSAL's annual publication, The Record, feature highlights of the national competition and NSAL chapter activities. Arranged alphabetically by format and title.

Membership directories, 1994-2009

1994-1996

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 9
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1996-1998

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 10
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1998-2000

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 11
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2003, 2009

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 12
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Newsletters, 1985-2011

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 13
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The Record , 1979-2010

1979 Fall

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 14
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1980 Fall

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 15
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1982

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 16
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1983

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 17
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1984

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 18
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1985

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 19
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1986

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 20
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1986-1987

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 21
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1987-1988

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 22
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1988-1989

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 23
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1989-1990

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 24
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1990-1991

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 25
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1991-1992

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 26
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1992-1993

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 27
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1993-1994

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 28
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1994

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 29
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1995

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 30
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1996

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 31
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1997

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 32
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1998

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 33
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1999

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 34
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2000

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 35
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2001

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 36
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2002

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 37
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2003

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 38
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2004

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 39
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2005

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 40
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2006

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 41
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2007

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 42
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2008

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 43
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2009

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 44
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2010

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 45
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Roster and Review , 1988-1992

1988-1990

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 46
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1990-1992

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 46
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Yearbook and Roster , 1980-1988

1980-1982

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 47
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1984-1986

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 48
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1986-1988

  • Box 2015ms046-4, folder 49
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Audiovisual materials, 1994-2000, undated

Comprises photographs and videocassettes that document NSAL members, competitions, and conferences.

Photographs, 1994-2000, undated

Committee members, 1994, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Audition contact sheets, 1999-2000

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Chapter scrapbook and competition headshots, 1996-1998, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Conference negatives, undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Videocassettes, 2000, undated

VHS, modern dance, Jacksonville, undated

  • Box 5, item 5
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VHS, 34th annual showcase of arts for Bloomington chapter, 2000 April 15

  • Box 5, item 6
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VHS, career awards competition modern dance selection, undated

  • Box 5, item 7
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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