The Magazines series contains copies of Dance Pages magazine, beginning with Spring 1987 (vol. 5, no. 1) and ending with September/October 1997 (vol. 15, no. 2). Two issues from 1987 (vol. 5, no. 2-3) and issues published before 1987 are not included in the collection.
The Administrative Files series holds records pertaining to a range of subjects. Some files contain materials related to magazine contributors, writers, and personnel, such as article drafts, poetry, timesheets, invoices, resumes, writing samples, and correspondence. Other files contain materials pertaining to business management, such as customer directories, invoices, professional correspondence, advertising leads, advertising solicitation letters, budgets, a two-year plan, and a history of Dance Pages. Additional materials include supply catalogs, brochures, photocopy request forms and receipts, magazine reply card layouts, personal correspondence, handwritten notes, press clippings, performance programs, a cooperative society newsletter, a magazine, photographs, and 35 mm slides.
Subject Files, 1934-1994 and undated 4 Linear Feet
Contains materials created or collected by Primus (and occasionally Borde) including correspondence, printed materials, notes, writings, and other materials. Prevalent are materials from Primus' second trip to Africa, including receipts, expense lists, notes, writings, poetry, project proposals, and memorabilia. Borde's activities in Africa during this time are documented by similar materials, as well as diaries, travel documents, and permits. Materials related to Primus' academic career, from high school student to college professor, are in the Notebooks and Notes subject folders. Course materials primarily date to Primus' tenure on the faculty of the Five College Dance Department and at SUNY-Buffalo's Cora P. Maloney College. Primus' daily life is characterized by personal notes, schedules, itineraries, and six diaries, which contain Primus' daily "to do" lists as well as shopping and correspondence lists and some financial information. Occasionally they contain brief musings or phrases of poetry she composed.
Dissertation Materials, 1959-1977 and undated .5 linear foot, 21 folders
Contains various drafts of Primus' doctoral dissertation at New York University entitled "A Study of Sculpture-Dance as a Factor in the Enculturation of the Mano People of Liberia, West Africa, Between 1948 and 1963." The final version of the dissertation is not included. Also included are photocopies of research materials and illustrations used in the dissertation. Primus began her research in Liberia during the tour sponsored by Rosenwald Foundation in 1949, continued it during a brief visit to Liberia in 1952, and continued it again from 1959 to 1963. Primus' dissertation proposal, begun in 1959, was approved in 1975. Her doctorate was awarded in 1978 upon completion of the dissertation.
Moving Images, circa 1949-1992 22 items
Includes 15 reels of 8mm film, primarily containing images of Africa shot by Primus in either 1949 or 1960 to 1963. This series also contains amateur VHS footage of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre rehearsing Primus' Impinyuza and of a speech Primus presented at Howard University in 1992. Also present is an interview with Primus conducted for the Standifer Oral History Archive in 1989, as well as a 1981 feature on Primus by Schenectady PBS affiliate WMHT. Titles are transcribed from the original label on each item.