Collecting StrandNational Resource Centre for Dance
Ref NoJS
TitleJanet Smith and Dancers Archive
Extent30 items of artwork, 61 boxes of administrative papers, 525 photographs, 86 posters, 23 theatre programmes, 4 videotapes (catalogued material)

1 box and 1 batch of posters (uncatalogued material)
Name of CreatorJanet Smith and Dancers; 1976-[1990?]; touring dance company
DescriptionThe company was formed in in 1976, with the aid of a grant from the Yorkshire Arts Association, after Janet Smith's successful solo debut. The company undertook extensive national and international tours during its career, including visits to Europe and the Far East, and steadily gaining a reputation for popularity and accessibility. It was disbanded in either 1988 or 1990.

The administrative papers
- Financial records, including financial records accounts, invoices, petty cash, bank statements, budgets
- Records relating to tours and bookings
- Marketing and Publicity, including advertising materials, box office figures and notes, programme copy, mailing and distribution lists and standard letters.
- Funding, details of the applications made for grants and sponsorship to the Greater London Arts, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Council and Regional Arts Boards and all general correspondence between these organisations.
- Biographies of the artistic members of the company for use in the theatre programmes and information packs produced by the company.
- Production files containing details of national and international tours.
- Education information this includes their education pack, education policy, mailing lists and A'level Dance correspondence.
- General company information such as meeting minutes, budgets and agendas
- Examples of the Newsletters issued by the company.
-Press information, which involves correspondence between journalists, press releases and cuttings, reviews and press lists.

The archive also includes artwork for publicity and posters, and the Janet Smith and Dancers newsletter; photographs of works, staff and members of the company, workshops and residencies; programmes and posters for national and international tours; and videos of workshops.

1 box and 1 batch of posters still require cataloguing. If you require further information about this material, please email
ArrangementMaterial arranged at time of cataloguing according to the format-based classification scheme which was then in use by the National Resource Centre for Dance.
During cataloguing
- the administrative papers were organised into alphabetical subject headings to reflect the company arrangement of their records which were housed in filing cabinets, in alphabetical order.
-the photographs have been grouped together under Dance titles, for ease of use.
- the remaining materials was processed and stored in the order that they became available to cataloguing staff.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
Custodial HistoryThe company's archive materials were deposited at the NRCD after the company wound down.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/C20Janet Smith and Dancers; 1976-[1990?]; touring dance company1976-[1990?]
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