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A0035 – Miss Gillian School of Dancing Collection


Title: Miss Gillian School of Dance Collection
Date span: c. 1966-1982
Physical description: 18 boxes
Creator: Gillian Frances Wimbourne Davis
Language note: English



Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to complete a registration form and comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Acquisition information: No provenance or accession information.

Custodial history: Found in collection.

Preferred citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library



miss gillians class 1966Historical note: Gillian Frances Wimbourne (b. 1936) moved to Boynton Beach in about to establish a dance school after being encouraged by local residents Laura Lee and Ernie Monroe. She taught dance classes in the Boynton Beach/Delray/Palm Beach area for over 25 years in various locations. In 1983, she married musicologist Richard Beattie Davis. In 1986, she closed the Boynton studio and moved to the UK. Her husband collected sheet music published by Belaieff (later housed in the Bodleian Library); after his death in 2008, Miss Gillian has spent a significant effort in promoting the collection. As of 2019, she   resides at least part of the year in the Boynton Beach area.

Scope and content note: Material documenting the Miss Gillian School of Dance includes photographs of children’s dance groups chiefly on stage in costume (c. 1966-1982), dance recital programs, and video and audiotapes of performances. Also included are records of classical music.

Miss Gillian School of Dancing (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
Dance schools
Child dancers

Arrangement note: Four series: Series 1: Papers; Series 2: Performances, audio and videotapes; Series 3: Music, including 78s and 45s; Series 4: Costumes.

Access note: At this time, there is no way to view the videotape or listen to the audiotapes in this collection.

Processing information: Collection processed in 2016 / sms
Date of finding aid: May 2019 / gc



Box 1: Papers
Folder 1: Inventory
Folders 2 & 3: Plaques recording team winners, 1958-1966
Folder 4: Team certificate, 1981
Folder 5: Scrapbook. Clippings about ballet, yoga, style, posture, c. 1960s
Folder 6 & 7: Photographs of children’s dance groups, chiefly on stage in costume, c. 1966-1982
Folder 8: Article: “Toe Shoes When?”
Folder 9: Issues of The Dancer’s Notebook (incomplete), 1957-
Folder 10: Clippings
Folder 11-13: Dance recital programs (incomplete), 1960-1983

Box 2-9: Audio tapes of performances (various formats)

Box 10 & 11: Videotapes of performances (various formats)

Box 12-14: Music, LP records.

Unboxed: 3 books of LP records

Box 15-17: Music, 45 RPM records

Box 18: Costume