Pacific Swing Dance Archives

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The Pacific Swing Dance Archives is an effort to collect, preserve, and protect original materials related to the history of swing dancing in the Western United States, and to make those resources accessible to enthusiasts and researchers.

The Archives are in their infancy but we are actively pursuing additions to the collection and developing the facilities to preserve collected materials. A few recent projects include:

  • Collecting oral history from original California Swing Dancer Roy Damron.
  • Collecting oral history from Southern California swing dance enthusiast, collector, and chronicler Dwight Lupardis.
  • Preserving the orginal film of the Soundie Maharaja.

If you would like to contribute to the Pacific Swing Dance Archives, we are interested in materials related to swing dancing in the Western United States including LA Swing, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, and West Coast Swing. Materials may include items such as:

  • Clothing, awards, trophies, scrapbooks, and clippings related to swing dancing.
  • Pertinent video and film footage.
  • Period photographic records.
  • Period audio records.
  • Your personal experiences recorded.

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Although our 501(c)(3) status is pending, you can still make a financial donation. Your donation will go into our general fund to help defray operational expenses and fund new projects such as collecting additional oral histories from original dancers, acquiring collections and memorabilia, and preserving and making items in the existing collection available to the public through digitization. Donors who provide their e-mail addresses will receive quarterly updates on new and ongoing projects.