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.