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Evelyn Lockman Papers, 1929-1989 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Kim Schwenk

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Collection Overview

Title: Evelyn Lockman Papers, 1929-1989Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Lockman, Evelyn (1909-1991)

Extent: 6.6 Linear Feet


I. Biographical Materials

II. Correspondence

III. Writings

IV. Professional Activities

V. Teaching Materials

VI. Photographs

VII. Audio Recordings

Date Acquired: 04/16/2003. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Dance--Study and teaching, Dancers--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Dance teachers--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Lockman, Evelyn Elizabeth, San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography, San Diego State University. College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Evelyn Lockman Papers document the career of an internationally recognized modern, jazz, and world dance performer and teacher. The collection includes correspondence, San Diego State University Department of Dance and Theatre materials, international and national professional activities, professional writings, teaching material, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.  The papers are arranged in six series: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Writings, Professional Activities, Teaching Materials, Photographs, and Audio Recordings.

Series I: Biographical Materials

The Biographical Materials series contains curriculum vitae, interviews, news articles about Evelyn Lockman, and various scrapbooks.

Series II. Correspondence

The Correspondence series includes letters from colleagues, students, and administrative contacts from 1943-1974.  Correspondence also includes letters from Mansell Brooks Lockman, Evelyn's mother.

Series III. Writings

The Writings are mostly articles for newsletters, but includes the typescript drafts for Lockman's dissertation, "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance," 1960. Part of the manuscripts are titled "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Movement," 1960. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series IV. Professional Actiivities

The files in the Professional Activities series are administrative and conference related organizations which Evelyn Lockman participated in between 1974-1986.  The materials include conference materials, scrapbooks, and correspondence.

Series V. Teaching Materials

Evelyn Lockman taught at San Diego State University in the dance department from 1948-1977.  The Teaching Materials represent teaching syllabus and performance activities during her tenure at SDSU.

Series VI. Photographs

The Photographs series includes black and white, color, and negative photographic materials of portraits of Evelyn Lockman, performances with Lockman and students, photographs of instruction both in the United States and internationally, and events.  The photographs date mainly from the 1930s-1960s.

Series VII. Audio Recordings

The Audio Recordings series contains a reel-to-reel recording of an interview with Evelyn Lockman produced by Voice of America. The recordings are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.

Biographical Note

Evelyn Elizabeth Lockman, professor of dance at San Diego State University from 1948-1977, was instrumental in establishing the dance major at SDSU. Lockman was an internationally known dancer and choreographer, who promoted dance arts, and received many awards for her performances and teaching.

She was born in Bolivar, Tennesse and began her dance career at an early age. She graduated with an undergraduate in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in Physical Education from the George Peabody College for Teachers. She continued teaching in New York, Bowling Green University in Ohio, University of Southwestern Louisiana as chair of the dance department, and eventually at San Diego State University in 1977. She was later approved for full professorship at SDSU after completing her dissertation, "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance" and retired from academia.

Lockman was deeply committed to reviving and advocating for international dance forms, spending time educating and performing in Bolivia, China, India, Thailand, and Korea. Even after her retirement, she continued teaching mainly in the international dance areas. She was very involved with the International Dance Association and World Congress of the the International Society for Education through Art. She also was appointed to the dance commitee for the Asian Games and the Korean Olympic Committee for the 1986 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

The National Dance Association reorganized in the 1970s and Lockman became the first president of the organization. She initiated the publication of the newsletter, "Spotlight on Dance." Because of her many achievements abroad, she was recognized by the National Dance Association with the 23rd Heritage Honoree award in 1986. Her accomplishments and mentoring were also celebrated in the town of Lafayette, Louisiana, as the mayor of Lafayette proclaimed April 11th as Evelyn Lockman Day.

Evelyn Lockman died at the age of 81, in San Diego, CA on September 4, 1991.

Subject/Index Terms

Dance--Study and teaching
Dancers--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Dance teachers--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Lockman, Evelyn Elizabeth
San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography
San Diego State University. College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2003-038, 2002-014

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

The Audio Recordings found in Series 7 are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.

Acquisition Source: Thelma M. Thompson

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Evelyn Lockman Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Processing Information: 2003-038 added to processed collection in 2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: Kim Schwenk over saw the addition of 2003-038 by her intern in 2014.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Materials],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Writings],
[Series 4: Professional Activities],
[Series 5: Teaching Materials],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Audio Recordings],

Series 3: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Contemporary Dance Guidebook" - TypescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Dance Craft" - DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "Evelyn Lockman and Dance in Cajun Louisiana", 1986Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: "Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance"Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Pre-classic notes and bibliography, appendix, c. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Preface and chapter outlines, c. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Partial draft, c. 1960Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: "Manual on the Teaching of Creative Movement"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Chapter typescript drafts, c. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Pre-classic dance forms - Appendix, c. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Pre-classic dance forms - Appendix, c. 1960Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Salute to Arbeau's Orchesographe and a Selected Group of Early Masterpieces in Dance Literature, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "What is the State's Responsibility for Effective Recruitment of the Most Promising High School Graduates and for the Selective Admission of an Appropriate Number to Teacher-Preparing Institutions?"Add to your cart.

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