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Ruth Page Foundation Records

Identifier: Dance-MS-Page-Foundation

Scope and Content of the Collection

Records include materials such as calendars, production files, correspondence, employee records, financial statements, tax documents, invoices, programs, brochures, newsletters, clippings, photographs, contracts, legal agreements, and audiovisual materials.

The Ruth Page Foundation Records contain administrative, financial, and publicity materials showing the organization’s impact on the Chicago dance community from 1989 to 2013. The collection documents how the non-profit ran day to day operations through detailed financial records and reports and employee records. Administrative documents, rental agreements, and publicity materials provide insight into how the Foundation served as a meeting place for various dancers, choreographers, and groups. The administrative records also highlight the interconnected nature of the Chicago dance community.

Although the Ruth Page Foundation and the Ruth Page School of Dance are separate entities, the records for both are organized together. Given the close relationship between the Foundation and School of Dance and the initiatives they sponsor together, they are hard to separate. Furthermore, the Foundation’s name changed over time, and is sometimes referred to as the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. See also the Ruth Page Papers that contain records for the Foundation and School of Dance prior to 1989.


  • Creation: 1989-2013



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Ruth Page Foundation Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Conditions Governing Audiovisual Access

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have not been digitized and are unavailable for use at this time.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Ruth Page Foundation Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of the Ruth Page Foundation

The Ruth Page Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, was established in 1970 by the internationally recognized dancer and choreographer Ruth Page (1899-1991). The Foundation is committed to the education, promotion, and presentation of dance in Chicago. Under the umbrella of the Foundation are a variety of initiatives and resources that support the Chicago dance community. Primary initiatives are the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and the Ruth Page School of Dance. The School of Dance was co-founded in 1971 by Ruth Page, Larry Long (1936-2009), and Dolores Lipinski Long.

Currently, the Foundation also supports a subsidized theater and studio rental program, an in-residence program, the Ruth Page Dance Series, the Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia, and the annual Ruth Page Award. The Foundation is located in its original residence at 1016 N Dearborn St. in Chicago, and Venetia Stifler is the Executive and Artistic Director.


14.2 Linear Feet (34 boxes and 1 oversize box)


Records of the Ruth Page Foundation, a cultural non-profit organization committed to the education, promotion, and presentation of dance in Chicago. Founded by Ruth Page in 1970, the Foundation continues to support a number of dance initiatives. Includes administrative, personnel, financial, and publicity materials for both the Foundation and the Ruth Page School of Dance.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1989-2007
Boxes 1-10
Series 2: Employee Records, approximately 1990-2006
Boxes 11-12
Series 3: Financial Records, 1989-2007
Boxes 13-28
Series 4: Rental Agreements, 1993-2007
Boxes 29-31
Series 5: Programs and Publicity, 1990-2013
Boxes 32-34
Series 6: Oversize and Audiovisual Materials
Box 35

Collection Stack Location

3a 51 7


Gift of the Ruth Page Foundation, 2012-2014.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2016.

Inventory of the Ruth Page Foundation Records, 1989-2013Dance.MS.Page Foundation
Finding aid prepared by Catherine Grandgeorge
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States