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RepositoryArchives and Special Collections, University of Surrey
Repository_CodeGB 1881 GS
Ref NoGS
TitleGeraldine Stephenson archive
DateLate 19th century-2008
Name of CreatorStephenson; Geraldine
DescriptionThe archive consists of material created and collected by Geraldine Stephenson relating to her education and career as a dancer, choreographer and movement director, with some documents relating to her personal and family life.

The material in the archive comprises:
- records of Stephenson's education, at and later teaching for, the Art of Movement Studio in both its Manchester and Addlestone locations, and as a member of the Laban Guild alongside Rudolf Laban, Lisa Ullman, Valerie Preston-Dunlop, Mary Wigman and Sylvia Bodmer
- working papers and outputs of Stephenson's career as a movement director and choreographer for pageant events, theatre and later television and film. These include audio visual recordings, Stephenson's handwritten choreography sequences, annotated music scores, programmes and publicity material
- Stephenson's research into period and social dance, also including research into social etiquette, costume and socio-historical context of dances.
- personal and family papers including photographs, correspondence, legal documents and related papers
- financial documents issued to and by Stephenson's agency, Talent Artists Ltd.
- records of Stephenson's work with the wider dance and choreography community including lectures, demonstrations and other roles.
- published and unpublished material written by, and relating to, Stephenson.

The archive contains records of Stephenson's long-term artistic relationships and collaborations with individuals such as composer and musician John Dalby and actor Edward Pethebridge. There are also records of long-term recurring choreography work with companies such as the Johann Strauss dancers and orchestra and Raymond Gubbay Ltd for the Johann Strauss galas between 1976 and 2004, and the York Cycle of Mystery Plays, 1951 and the 1954-1957 revivals. The material in the collection covers the wide range of projects Stephenson worked on as a choreographer and movement director, such as crowd choreography, pageants and festivals as well as theatre, television series and films of varying genres.
ArrangementGeraldine Stephenson's archive has been arranged primarily by function, into the following series:
- Personal and family records, late 19th century-2003 (reference number GS/1)
- Education and work at the Art of Movement Studio and early work with the Laban Guild, 1946-2001 (reference number GS/2)
- Research material for dance and choreography, 19th century-2002 (reference number GS/3)
- Working papers and working material for recital performances and choreography projects for pageants, theatre, television and film, 1950s-2008 (reference number GS/4)
- Promotional and publicity material for self choreographed dance, teaching and movement direction and choreography projects for pageants, theatre, television and film, early 1950s-2003 (reference number GS/5)
- Financial and management papers relating to choreography career, 1987-2006 (reference number GS/6)
- Outreach, charity and other roles in the wider dance and choreography community, 1973-2001 (reference number GS/7)
- Memoirs, late 1930s-2006 (reference number GS/8)
- Periodicals, 1951-2006 (reference number GS/9)
Admin_HistorySee Name Authority Record for Geraldine Stephenson, (1925-2017) Dancer, choreographer and movement director [Name Authority Code DS/UK/P614].
Custodial_HistoryMaterial with the accession number Acc22/2015 was deposited with the National Resource Centre for Dance, Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey between 2007 and 2012.
Material with the accession number Acc44/2015 was previously deposited by Dick McCaw at the Brotherton, University of Leeds in 2014. This material was later transferred, upon agreement with University of Leeds, to the National Resource Centre for Dance, Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey in 2015.

Please note that all alternative reference numbers in the Geraldine Stephenson archive beginning with "MS" or "MSS" were previously allocated by Dick McCaw for his inventory of Stephenson's notes from the Art of Movement Studio.
AccrualsNo further accruals expected.
Related MaterialSee also the following archives of held by Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey:
Archive of Rudolf Laban, archive reference L, teacher, mentor and later colleague of Geraldine Stephenson,
Archive of Lisa Ullman, archive reference LU, teacher and later colleague of Geraldine Stephenson,
Archive of Audrey Wethered and Chloe Gardner, archive reference AW, fellow Laban Guild member and peer at the Art of Movement Studio
Archive of the Laban Guild, archive reference LG. See specifically reference number LG/E/10/6 for the Guild's papers relating to the Kaleidoscopia Viva performance, produced and choreographed by Geraldine Stephenson.

Further material relating to the Art of Movement Studio, attended by Geraldine Stephenson, is held by the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Further material relating to the York Cycle of Mystery Plays, choreographed by Geraldine Stephenson 1951-1957, is held by the York Mystery Plays Archive.
Extent50 boxes
Physical DescriptionThe archive contains audio visual material. Scrapbooks and photograph albums often have loose or detached material. Some press cuttings are torn. Music manuscript material is often loose within the volume. A physical description of the material has been noted at item level when careful handling is needed.
CopyrightThe copyright of the material created by Geraldine Stephenson in her archive has been transferred to Archives and Special Collections, University of Surrey.
For material not created by Stephenson, original copyright holders have been identified where possible.
Please check individual items for third party copyright.
RulesCompiled in accordance with ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description 2nd edition, 1999; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P614Stephenson; Geraldine (1925-2017); Dancer, choreographer and movement director1925-2017
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