Ruth Diamond Levinson Dance Collection
Collection of material related to the dance program at the University of Omaha, including a scrapbook, a spiral notebook containing handwritten music, a collage of photographs laminated onto a wooden wall hanging, correspondence, departmental records, event programs, posters, photographs, news clippings, photocopies. The scrapbook includes photographs, news clippings, and ephemera including dried flower corsages. The photo collage plaque was given to Levinson at the time of her retirement.
The majority of the material, including the scrapbook, dates to 1940-1942, but some articles and programs date back into the early to mid-1930s, and some notes and letters are dated 1988.
Ruth Diamond Levinson (1911-1913) was a dance instructor at the Municipal University of Omaha before World War II. In 1935, she founded Orchesis, the modern dance performing group that continues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha today under the name of the Moving Company. She served in the Red Cross during World War II, after which she married Harry Levinson. She taught physical education at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln (then just the University of Nebraska) for 22 years, retiring in 1973 and continuing to serve as the UNL Department of Physical Education's archivist post-retirement.