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Guide to the Dr. Charles Davis Papers, 1938-2003

Summary

Dr. Charles Rudolph "Chuck" Davis or Baba Chuck (1937-2017) was an African American dancer, choreographer, and founder of the African American Dance Ensemble, the Chuck Davis Dance Company, and the annual DanceAfrica Festival. Collection includes correspondence, paper based records, printed materials, teaching materials, programs, posters, publications, newspaper clippings, conference materials, notebooks, photographs, negatives, slides, super 8 film, artwork, and various other types of memorabilia.

Collection Details

ID
ADF.018
Title
Dr. Charles Davis papers
Date
1938-2003
Creator
Davis, Charles
Extent
23.25 Linear Feet
Repository
American Dance Festival Archives
Language
English and French

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, paper based records, printed materials, teaching materials, programs, posters, post cards, publications, newspaper clippings, conference materials, notebooks, photographs, negatives, slides, super 8 film, artwork, and various other types of memorabilia

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Arrangement

Arranged into eight series: Correspondence, Administrative Records, Subject Files, Printed Materials, Newspaper Clippings, Notebooks, Audiovisual Materials, and Memorabilia

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[Identification of item], Dr. Charles Davis Records, American Dance Festival Archives.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1964-2003

The Correspondence series is comprised of paper communication both composed and received by Davis. The series consists of personal and business correspondence and memos, postcards, invitations, announcements, and greeting cards. A bulk of correspondence are those maintained with the hosts and collaborators of his excursions to West Africa during the early 1990s. Additionally, there are letters and postcards written to Davis's parents, Tony and Ethel.

1964-1983
Box 1
1984
Box 1
1985
Box 1
1986
Box 1
1987(3 folders)
Box 1
1988
Box 1
1989(2 folders)
Box 1
1990(5 folders)
Box 1
1991(5 folders)
Box 1
1992(8 folders)
Box 1
1993(9 folders)
Box 1
1994(5 folders)
Box 1
1995(2 folders)
Box 1
1996(4 folders)
Box 1
1997(4 folders)
Box 1
1998(5 folders)
Box 1
1999(3 folders)
Box 1
2000(3 folders)
Box 1
2001(2 folders)
Box 2
2002
Box 2
2003
Box 2
Undated(3 folders)
Box 2
Cards
Oversize-box 2

2. Administrative Records, 1975-2003

The Administrative Records series consists of written materials related to Davis's professional career, including institutional records of the dance companies he founded, the Chuck Davis Dance Company (1968 - 1986) and the African American Dance Ensemble (1984 - present).

African American Dance Ensemble

The A.A.D.E. subseries contains the minutes, agendas and memos of the A.A.D.E. Executive Board, business correspondence between board members and between Chuck Davis and the company artists and staff members, production information including technical specifics, scripts and choreographic notes by Davis. Additionally, there are financial records such as budget reports and audits, development of the company, with information on strategic planning and fundraising. Finally, there are personnel information, such as biographies for company members, a 1988 staff manual and artist contract information.

Board of Directors, Minutes, Agendas 1990-2001
Box 2
Chronology, Bylaws
Box 2
Company Meetings and Rehearsal Schedules, 1992-1997
Box 2
Contracts, Performance, 1996-2002, undated
Box 2
Correspondence, Board and Staff, 1990-1998, undated
Box 2
Correspondence, Business, 1989-2001, undated
Box 2
Development, 1998-2000, undated
Box 2
Development, Consultants, 1994
Box 2
Executive Director, 1991-1993
Box 2
Finance, 1991-2001
Box 2
Grants, 1985-1994
Box 2
Itineraries, 1986-1993
Box 2
Itineraries, 1994-1997
Box 2
Itineraries, 1998-2002
Box 2
Itineraries, undated
Box 2
Letterhead and Business Cards
Box 2
Personnel, 1991-2001, undated
Box 2
Personnel, Recruiting, 1990-1998, undated
Box 2
Personnel, Guest Artists, 1993-1996
Box 2
Personnel, Staff Manuel, 1988
Box 2
Personnel, Resumes
Box 2
Production, 1991-2001
Box 2
Publicity, 1986-1988
Box 2
Publicity, 1991-1995
Box 2
Touring, Expenses, 1991-1992
Box 2

Chuck Davis

The Chuck Davis subseries contains materials relating to Davis's personal career, such as itineraries for Davis's individual engagements and materials for other projects in which Davis was involved, including the Cultural Arts Safari, an almost annual tour to Africa guided by Davis, as well as his involement with the Durham Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Arts Council of Wilson
Box 3
Biographical
Box 3
Contracts, 1975-2001
Box 3
Cultural Arts Safari, 1987-2001
Box 3
Durham Arts Council
Box 3
Itineraries, 1976-1994, undated
Box 3
National Endowment for the Arts, 1977-1979
Box 3
National Endowment for the Arts, 1991-1992
Box 3
National Endowment for the Arts, 1993-1995
Box 3
National Endowment for the Arts, Special Projects 1991
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, 1989-1990
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, 1991-1992 (2 folders)
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, 1993-1994
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, 1995-1996
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, 1997 (2 folders)
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, 1998-2000
Box 3
North Carolina Arts Council, Undated
Box 3
Other Projects, 1977-1994
Box 3
Other Projects, 1991-1994, undated
Box 3
Other Projects, 1983-2000, undated
Box 3
Other Projects, 1999-2001
Box 3

Chuck Davis Dance Company

The C.D.D.C. subseries contains production information provided in choreographic notes and scripts as well as grants and contractual materials.

Finance, 1975-1976
Box 3
Grants and Contracts, 1983-1986
Box 3
Personnel
Box 3

DanceAfrica

The DanceAfrica subseries contains administrative records related to finance and personnel, production notes, and publicity materials.

Administration, 1994-2001
Box 3
1978-1979
Box 3
1982-1983
Box 3
1985
Box 3
1986-1987
Box 3
1988
Box 3
1989
Box 3
1990 (2 folders)
Box 3
1991
Box 3
1992 (2 folders)
Box 4
1993 (2 folders)
Box 4
1994 (2 folders)
Box 4
1995
Box 4
1996
Box 4
1997 (2 folders)
Box 4
1998
Box 4
1999
Box 4
2000
Box 4
2001
Box 4
2002
Box 4
2003
Box 4
Undated
Box 4
Posters
Oversize-box 2

3. Subject Files, 1988-2000

The Subject Files series contains reading material related to dance, poetry, music, and Africa. Additionally, there are several scripts and scores from dramatic productions and stagings that Davis choreographed, as well as curriculum guides, handouts, educational resources, and other teaching materials Davis collected for use in his classes and workshops on dance, Africa, and related topics.

African American Culture and History
Box 4
Africa, General
Box 4
African Arts
Box 4
African Diaspora
Box 4
Cathedral School
Box 4
Dance, African, General
Box 4
Dance, African Tribes, Countries
Box 4
Dance, African-American
Box 4
Dance, General
Box 4
Dance, Non-African Countries
Box 4
Edibles/Cultivation
Box 4
Fiction
Box 4
Gambia
Box 5
Ghana
Box 5
Jamaica
Box 5
Jonkonnu
Box 5
Kwanzaa
Box 5
Language, African, African American
Box 5
Ligon High School Reunion
Box 5
Lyrics
Box 5
Memoirs
Box 5
Music, African
Box 5
Music, African-American
Box 5
Music of Man Archive (Dhorubabe Dundunba)
Oversize-box 1
Musical Instruments
Box 5
Nigeria
Box 5
Poetry( 2 folders)
Box 5
Pomare, Eleo
Box 5
Posters
Oversize-box 2
Religions (2 folders)
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, Chuck Davis Dance Company
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, "Babu's Magic", 1988-1992
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, "Black Nativity", undated
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, "The Gathering", undated
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, "Luyala", 1993
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, "Medea", 1996
Box 5
Scripts and Scores, "Medea", 1996
Oversize-box 1
Scripts and Scores, "Treemonisha", 2000
Box 5
Scripts and Scores by Others, (2 folders)
Box 5
Student Papers, Theater Movement Class, 1996
Box 5
The Washington Office on Africa, 1996
Box 5
Yoruba
Box 5
A.A.D.E. (Performance Guides)
Box 6
African American Institute
Box 6
Africa, Dance, Music and Art
Box 6
Africa General
Box 6
African Studies Program (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison)
Box 6
Arts in Education
Box 6
Dance
Box 6
Diversity Arts Project
Box 6
Misc.
Box 6
Performance Guides
Box 6
African Studies- African Names: People and Places
Box 6
African Studies- African Outreach Series No. 7
Box 6
African Studies-Religions in Africa
Box 6
American Education and the Arts
Box 6
Educational Packet- AADE
Box 6
Folk Dance Fun for Schools and Families
Box 6
Math and Dance (2 copies)
Box 6

4. Printed Materials, 1973-2003

The Printed Materials series contains programs, conference items, and publications.

Programs

The Programs subseries contains programs of A.A.D.E. and C.D.D.C. performances.

1973
Box 6
1974
Box 6
1975
Box 6
1976
Box 6
1977
Box 6
1980
Box 6
1981
Box 6
1982
Box 6
1983
Box 6
1984
Box 6
1985
Box 6
1986
Box 6
1987
Box 6
1988
Box 6
1989
Box 6
1990
Box 6
1991
Box 6
1992(2 folders)
Box 6
1993
Box 6
1994
Box 6
1995
Box 6
1996
Box 6
1997
Box 6
1998
Box 7
1999
Box 7
2000
Box 7
2001
Box 7
2002
Box 7
2003
Box 7
No Date
Box 7
Oversized
Oversize-box 1

Regarding Davis

The Regarding Davis subseries is a collection of publications that include mentions of Davis or his companies.

A
Box 7
B
Box 7
C
Box 7
D
Box 7
E-M
Box 7
N
Box 7
O-S
Box 7
T-Z
Box 7

Saved Publications

The Saved Publications subseries is mostly dance or cultural publications on various topics, but not directly mentioning Davis.

Africa News
Box 7
Attitude 1982-1992
Box 7
Attitude 1994-1997
Box 7
A
Box 7
B
Box 7
C
Box 7
Dance Research Journal
Box 7
Dance/USA
Box 7
The Drum
Box 7
D
Box 7
Festac
Box 7
Foroyaa
Box 7
F
Box 7
H
Box 7
I-L
Box 7
My Buddy Notes
Box 7
M
Box 7
N
Box 7
O-P
Box 7
R
Box 7
S-T
Box 7
Talking Drum
Oversize-box 1
Traditions
Box 7
The Trumpet Conscience
Box 7
U-Z
Box 7

Conference Materials

The Conference Materials subseries consists of materials collected from annual conferences mostly related to dance or African American dance. Most contain schedules as well as information on the city in which the conference was being held. It also contains information on conferences at which Davis spoke or offered a workshop.

1983-1984
Box 8
1990
Box 8
1992 (2 folders)
Box 8
1993
Box 8
1994
Box 8
1995
Box 8
1996 (2 folders)
Box 8
1997
Box 8
2000
Box 8
Chuck Davis on Programs 1982-1999
Box 8
Chuck Davis on Programs 2000-2001
Box 8

Promotional Materials

The Promotional Materials subseries includes posters, brochures, press kits, and publicity for A.A.D.E., C.D.D.C., The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Davis's solo engagements.

A.A.D.E. Performances
Box 8
A.A.D.E. Posters
Oversize-box 1
A.A.D.E. Press Kits (2 folders)
Box 8
A.A.D.E. Brochures
Box 8
ADF Press Kits for A.A.D.E.
Box 8
"America Dancing", 1993
Box 8
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Box 8
Chuck Davis Dance Company
Box 8
Chuck Davis Solo Engagements, 1974-2001, n.d.
Box 8
Misc. (3 folders)
Box 8
Press/Publicity
Oversize-box 1

5. Newspaper Clippings, 1954-2003

The Newspaper Clippings series contains newsprint and photocopied articles documenting the performances, festivals, lecture demonstrations, and community activities sponsored by Davis, Chuck Davis Dance Company, African American Dance Ensemble, and DanceAfrica. Also included are clippings related to friends and colleagues of Davis as well as news, performances, and events of personal interest to Davis.

1954
Box 9
1969
Box 9
1970
Box 9
1971
Box 9
1972
Box 9
1973
Box 9
1974
Box 9
1975
Box 9
1976
Box 9
1977
Box 9
1978
Box 9
1979
Box 9
1980
Box 9
1981
Box 9
1982
Box 9
1983
Box 9
1984
Box 9
1985
Box 9
1986
Box 9
1987
Box 9
1988
Box 9
1989
Box 9
1990
Box 9
1991
Box 9
1992 (2 folders)
Box 9
1993 (2 folders)
Box 9
1994
Box 9
1995
Box 9
1996
Box 9
1997
Box 10
1998 (2 folders)
Box 10
1999
Box 10
2000
Box 10
2001
Box 10
2002 (2 folders)
Box 10
2003
Box 10
Undated
Box 10
Oversized
Oversize-box 1

6. Notebooks, 1973-2003

The bulk of the entries in the notebooks and legal pads consist of Davis's handwritten personal notes ranging in subject from ideas for choreography, company production details, and costume notes to lesson plans, lottery numbers, sketches, and shopping and to-do lists. Additionally, there are first drafts of schedules for the Cultural Arts Safari trips as well as rehearsal schedules and community engagements. Also included are handwritten drafts of correspondence and business memos.

Undated (2 folders)
Box 10
Calendar 1985
Box 10
Calendar 1990
Box 10
Calender 1991 (2 folders)
Box 10
Calendar 1992
Box 10
Calendar 1993
Box 10
Calendar 1995-1996
Box 10
Calendar 1996-1997
Box 10
Legal Pads (37)
Box 11
Loose Legal Paper
Box 11
ca. 1973 (2 folders)
Box 12
ca. 1980
Box 12
ca. 1980-1981
Box 12
ca. 1983
Box 12
ca. 1984
Box 12
ca. 1984-1986
Box 12
ca. 1984-1987
Box 12
ca. 1988
Box 12
ca. 1990
Box 12
ca. 1991
Box 12
ca. 1993-1994
Box 12
ca. 1995
Box 12
ca. 1995-1996
Box 12
ca. 1996 (2 folders)
Box 12
ca. 1996-1997 (2 folders)
Box 12
ca. 1996-1998
Box 12
ca. 1997 (3 folders)
Box 12
ca. 1997-1998
Box 12
ca. late 1990s/early 2000s
Box 12
ca. 1998
Box 13
ca. 1998-1999
Box 13
ca. 1999
Box 13
ca. 1999-2000
Box 13
ca. 2000 (5 folders)
Box 13
ca. 2001 (3 folders)
Box 13
ca. 2000-2001
Box 13
ca. 2002
Box 13
N.D. (11 folders)
Box 12
Loose Notes
Box 13
Normadien Gibson
Box 13

7. Audiovisual Materials, 1938-2003

The Audiovisual Materials series consists of prints, negatives, slides, and moving images.

Prints and Negatives

The Prints and Negatives subseries contains color and black-and-white prints, negatives, contact sheets, and photocopied photographs documenting both the career of Chuck Davis and his personal life. The bulk of the photographs are color 35mm snapshots that document Davis's numerous trips to Africa, the earliest in the series dating back to 1991. The photographs depict Davis on personal trips, with company members, and as tour guide of several Cultural Arts Safari excursions, a program that he initiated in hopes of introducing more people to West African dance and culture. This subseries also includes an assortment of photographs of Davis teaching class, giving lecture demonstrations at the American Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, as well as numerous snapshots of friends and family, mostly unidentified. Also contained in the series are several autographed pictures from colleagues and performers including, Rennie Harris Pure Movement and jazz vocalist Nneenna Freelon.

The photographic materials are arranged chronologically, when the date is known. Following the chronological run are undated photographs, arranged alphabetically by subject. Folders in this subseries are labeled with date, event, location (when available), and photographer's name (indicated by brackets when known).

1938-1940 (old family photos)
Box 14
1964 (August), 1968 (September)
Box 14
1969 (August)
Box 14
1970 (March, April)
Box 14
1972 (Chuck Davis Dance Company performance)
Box 14
1973 (not of Chuck Davis)
Box 14
1975
Box 14
1977
Box 14
1978 (September)
Box 14
1978
Box 14
1979
Box 14
ca. 1980s-1990s (Gambia School of Medicine)
Box 14
1981 [Mariam Caravella]
Box 14
1981 [Bill Hilton]
Box 14
1982 (April, July)
Box 14
1982 (performance)
Box 14
1983;84;85;87
Box 14
1983 (postcards)
Box 14
1983 (2 folders)
Box 14
1983 [Richard Jay Beckman]
Box 14
1983 [David Pickett]
Box 14
1984
Box 14
1984 [Walter Griffin]
Box 14
1984 [Lena Horne]
Box 14
1985
Box 14
1985 (April) [Laura Drey]
Box 14
1985(April) [Erin Sweeny]
Box 14
1985 (October)
Box 14
1986
Box 14
1986 (Africa)
Box 14
1986 (Chuck Davis parents)
Box 14
1986 (performance)
Box 14
1986 (October, November)
Box 14
1986 (Yaish Graduation)
Box 14
1987
Box 14
1987 [Mariam Caravella]
Box 14
1987 [Bill Mauldin]
Box 14
1987-1988 (DanceAfrica)
Box 14
1988
Box 14
1989
Box 14
1989 (Djoniba Ensemble)
Box 14
1989 (The Gambia)
Box 14
1990 (January, Snapshots)
Box 14
1990 [Sule Greg C. Wilson]
Box 14
1990 (Ballet Du Lac Tumba)
Box 14
1990 (Durham Arts Council Offices)
Box 14
1990
Box 14
1991 (November, 3 folders)
Box 14
1991 (September, November)
Box 14
1991
Box 14
1991 (December)
Box 14
Africa 1991 (2 folders)
Box 14
1991 (American Dance Festival)
Box 14
1992 (March, 4 folders)
Box 14
1992 (March, September)
Box 14
1992 (April)
Box 14
1992 (August, governor's mansion)
Box 15
1992 (September)
Box 15
1992 (September, June)
Box 15
1992 (September Master Class, 2 folders)
Box 15
1992 (December, Cuba)
Box 15
1992 (Japan)
Box 15
1992 (North Carolina Awards)
Box 15
1993 (Africa, 3 folders)
Box 15
1993 (May)
Box 15
1993 (June, 3 folders)
Box 15
1993 (June, July, September)
Box 15
1993 (August, 2 folders)
Box 15
1993 (October, 2 folders)
Box 15
1993 (December, 3 folders)
Box 15
1993
Box 15
1993 (American Dance Festival)
Box 15
1993 (Women of the Calabash) [Tom Caravaglia]
Box 15
1994 (Babu's Magic, 2 folders) [Anguss Moss]
Box 15
1994 [Ula Dodson]
Box 15
1994 (June)
Box 15
1994 (June, July)
Box 15
1994 (August, October)
Box 15
1994 (August)
Box 15
1994 (October)
Box 15
1995 (A wedding)
Box 15
1995 (January, Kwanzaa)
Box 15
1995 (February, March, May, October, December)
Box 15
1995 (April, Jim Hensen Productions)
Box 15
1995 (Tony Davis 96th Birthday)
Box 15
1996 (June, September)
Box 15
1997 (2 folders)
Box 15
1997 (MLK Celebration, Duke Chapel)
Box 15
1997-1998 [Mansa K Mussa]
Box 15
1998 (3 folders)
Box 15
1998 (Snapshots Enlarged)
Box 15
1998 (AADE Dress Rehearsal)
Box 15
1998 (March 24)
Oversize-box 1
1998 (April, Dance for the Planet Award)
Box 15
1998 (December)
Box 15
1999 (February)
Box 15
1999 (May, New Orleans)
Box 15
1999 (May)
Box 15
1999 (June, DanceAfrica)
Box 15
1999 (September)
Box 15
1999 (October, 2 folders)
Box 15
1999 (October)
Box 16
1999 (October, Exploris Museum)
Box 16
1999
Box 16
2002
Box 16
2003 (AADE MLK day)
Box 16
Africa N.D. (18 folders)
Box 16
African American Dance Ensemble N.D.
Box 16
A.A.D.E. [Tom Caravaglia]
Box 16
A.A.D.E. [David Dorfman]
Box 16
A.A.D.E. [Laura Drey]
Box 16
A.A.D.E. at Hoyt Smith Recreation Center (2 folders)
Box 16
A.A.D.E. [Kevin Keister]
Box 16
A.A.D.E. Misc. Black and Whites
Box 16
A.A.D.E. Performance at the Eno Festival
Box 16
A.A.D.E. Performance Interactive
Box 16
A.A.D.E. Performance Enlarged
Oversize-box 1
A.A.D.E. Performance (4 folders)
Box 16
A.A.D.E. Publicity (Black and White)
Box 16
A.A.D.E. [Doug van de Zande]
Box 16
At the American Dance Festival (3 folders)
Box 16
American Dance Festival AADE Performance (3 folders) [Jay Anderson]
Box 16
American Dance Festival AADE Performance [Rebecca Lesher]
Box 16
American Dance Festival Duke
Box 16
American Dance Festival Duke East Campus
Box 16
American Dance Festival Faculty/Staff Photograph
Box 16
Autographed by Chuck (N.D. 1993)
Box 16
Autographed by Others (N.D. 1991, 1994, 2000, 2002)
Box 16
Ballet Traditionnel Pende
Box 16
Children's Performance
Box 16
Chuck Davis (includes publicity shots)
Box 16
Chuck Davis (include young Chuck)
Box 16
Chuck Davis at Capitol
Box 16
Chuck Davis Dance Company DanceAfrica [Tom Caravaglia]
Box 16
Chuck on Duke East Campus
Box 16
Chuck at Exploris Museum Raleigh
Box 16
Chuck Davis "Have you had a good one lately" Penthouse Massage Parlor
Box 16
Chuck Davis Headshot
Box 16
Chuck Davis at Jacob's Pillow
Box 16
Chuck Davis Misc.
Box 17
Chuck Davis Performance (2 folders)
Box 17
Chuck Davis Relatives (1982,1985, 1987, 1988, N.D.)
Box 17
Chuck Davis receiving honorary doctorate at Medgar Evers
Box 17
Contact Sheets N.D.
Box 17
Cultural Arts Safari
Box 17
Dance Africa (3 folders)
Box 17
Dance Classes Led by Chuck (2 folders)
Box 17
Dance Classes not led by Chuck (2 folders)
Box 17
"Dinizulu and his African Dancers"
Box 17
The Drumsong Society
Box 17
Katherine Dunham
Box 17
Durham Arts Council Award Ceremony
Box 17
Festival of American Folk Life (2 folders)
Box 17
The Gambia
Box 17
Normadien Gibson
Box 17
Gift Portraits (2 folders)
Box 17
Toni K. Hall and Baby
Box 17
Rennie Harris Pure Movement (autographed)
Box 17
Harlem Human Services Council Youth Show
Box 17
Headshot (2 folders)
Box 17
Headshot (2 folders)
Box 17
An Ice Storm
Box 17
Kwanzaa
Box 17
Le Ballet Silimbo
Box 17
Miami, Florida
Box 17
Negatives (3 folders)
Box 17
Performance (4 folders)
Box 17
Performance London
Box 17
Photos Stuck to Board
Oversize-box 1
Polaroids Chuck Davis (2 folders)
Box 17
Polaroids not Chuck Davis (1992, 1995, N.D.)
Box 17
"Primus Group" Africa
Box 17
Rehearsal Black and White Prints (3 folders)
Box 17
Slave Auction Notices
Box 17
Snapshots N.D. (13 folders)
Box 17
Snapshots 1979, 1983,1989-1995, 1998
Box 17
Snapshots Davis, N.D. (2 folders)
Box 17
Snapshots Davis, N.D. & 1985
Box 17
Snapshots Davis N.D. (Maya Angelou)
Box 17
Snapshot Enlarged
Oversize-box 1
Snapshots Enlarged (3 folders)
Box 17
"Women Carrying Firewood in Kawangware"
Box 17
Xeroxed Photographs Chuck Davis
Box 17
Xeroxed Photographs not Chuck Davis
Box 17

Slides

The Slides subseries consists of mounted slides separated by folder and arranged chronologically. There are also several boxes with known month and date, as well as a large amount of unidentified slides.

Slides Boxes Unidentified 1985-1992
Box 18
N.D.
Box 18
N.D. photos of Vinesett
Box 18
1973 (October)
Box 18
1974 (March)
Box 18
1976 (April)
Box 18
1978 (March, July, August, October, November)
Box 18
1979 (February, September, October)
Box 18
1980 (July, August, November)
Box 18
1980
Box 18
1981
Box 18
1981 (July, August, September, October)
Box 18
1982 (Summer)
Box 18
1983 (May, June, July, September, October, December)
Box 18
1984 (January, February, May, July, August, September)
Box 18
1985 (January, April, September)
Box 18
1985 (January, February, March, April, May, Fall)
Box 18
1986 (July, September, Spring)
Box 18
1986 (September, December)
Box 18
1987 (February, March, May, July, October)
Box 18
1987 (October)
Box 18
1988 (February, June)
Box 18
1988 (September)
Box 18
1989 (September)
Box 18
1989 (September, December)
Box 18
1991 (September)
Box 18
1992 (September)
Box 18
1993 (December)
Box 18
1994 (October, December)
Box 18

Moving Images

The Moving Images subseries consists of eight reels of super 8 film, as well as one Maxell 8 mm GX-MP 120 Video Tape.

Unidentified, Super 8 Sound Film, 3-21-86
Box 19
Unidentified, Super 8 film, N.D.
Box 19
Unidentified, Super 8 film, 1981
Box 19
Kenya & Mizizi AADE, Maxell 8 mm GX-MP 120 Videotape, TRT 2:00:38
Box 19
"Good Film", Super 8 film, 1982
Box 19
"Wrestling", Super 8 film, 1983
Box 19
Unidentified, Super 8 film, N.D.
Box 19
Unidentified, Super 8 film, N.D.
Box 19
Drum Rhythm Dance Styles, Super 8/8 mm film, N.D.
Box 19

8. Memorabilia, 1948-2000

The Memorabilia series contains an assortment of keepsakes and momentos from Davis's career and personal life. A substantial portion of this series is comprised of blank postcards collected during Davis's many travels. Davis's travels are also documented in this series through assorted foreign currencies, travel brochures, and a passport. Additionally there are two scrapbooks, a spelling book, several yearbooks, and a US Navy book from Davis's time in the Navy. There are business cards collected throughout Davis's career, pins from the Chuck Davis Dance Company, Christmas cards, costume designs and patterns, and nametags from conferences.

Artwork

The Artwork subseries contains artwork in various mediums, given to Davis. These range from children's crayon drawings to sketches, pastels, and textile art.

The artwork is arranged alphabetically by artist last name.

M. Burraugh
Oversize-box 2
Duke School for Children
Box 20
Tom Feeling
Box 20
Tom Feeling on Cloth
Box 20
La Tarsha
Box 20
Monroe Middle School
Box 20
New Garden Friends School
Box 20
William O'Farrow
Oversize-box 2
Mshindo
Oversize-box 2
Oliphant
Box 20
Manny Rodriguez
Box 20
Abdell Salaam
Oversize-box 2
Alhagi Sam
Box 20
Saint James
Oversize-box 2
Simmonds
Box 20
Sir Shadow
Box 20
Unidentified Artist
Oversize-box 2

Awards and Certificates

These materials are comprised primarily of certificates of appreciation and recognition of Davis's community and philanthropic work, in addition to awards of praise for his choreographic and performance achievements.

Awards arranged chronologically.

1980/1982
Box 20
1986
Oversize-box 2
1985-86
Box 20
1987-88
Box 20
1991-92
Box 20
1991, State of North Carolina
Box 20
1993, City of Cleveland
Oversize-box 2
1993-94
Box 20
1994, City of Brooklyn
Oversize-box 2
1995-97
Box 20
1997
Oversize-box 2
1999, Durham County Board of Commissioners
Oversize-box 2
2000
Box 20
Business Cards (2 folders)
Box 20
Christmas Cards
Box 20
Chuck Davis Dance Company Pins
Box 20
Coloring Book (Okan Meji)
Box 20
The Compass 1955, United States Naval Training Center Bainbridge, Maryland
Oversize-box 1
Costume Designs by Lea Vivante 1990
Oversize-box 2
Costume Pattern
Box 20
The Echo 1948 (Washington High School Yearbook)
Box 20
The Echo 1952 (Washington High School Yearbook)
Box 20
The Echo 1957 (Washington High School Yearbook)
Box 20
Father Son Portrait (Chuck Davis, Tony Davis)
Oversize-box 2
Fayetteville Street Baptist & First Cosmopolitan Baptist Church
Box 20
Foreign Currency/Postage Stamps
Box 20
Nametags/Passes
Box 20
Nametags/Passes Dance Africa
Box 20
Passports
Box 20
Salt Lake Olympic Arts Festival
Oversize-box 2
Scrapbook (N.D.)
Box 20
Scrapbook (N.D.)
Box 20
Souvenir Postcards (6 folders)
Box 20
Spelling Book
Box 20
Thank you card from Amos Hiatt
Oversize-box 2
Thank you card from Berkshire Farm
Oversize-box 2
Thank you card from Treemonisha Cast
Oversize-box 2
Travel in Africa and Indonesia(1976-1977, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991-1993, 2001-2001, N.D)
Box 20
Travel in USA and Japan (1990s-2000s)
Box 20
 

Historical Note

Dr. Charles Rudolph "Chuck" Davis or Baba Chuck (1937-2017) was an African American dancer, choreographer, and founder of the African American Dance Ensemble, the Chuck Davis Dance Company, and the annual DanceAfrica Festival. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Davis trained after high school as a naval medical corpsman in Washington, D.C., where he discovered a passion for Afro-Cuban dance. He then attended Howard University, taking classes in theater and dance. He continued his study of African dance under the guidance of Babatunde Olatunji, Eleo Pomare, and the Bernice Johnson Dance Company. After dancing with choreographers such as Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Arthur Mitchell, Alvin Ailey, and José Limón, Davis founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in 1968. The American Dance Festival offered Davis a position of artist-in-residence in 1971. After ADF's move to Duke University in 1978, ADF offered Davis the position again in 1980 and later asked him to lead their Community Outreach Program, a position he held until 1987. While in Durham, Davis founded the African American Dance Ensemble in 1983. Davis maintained consistent ties with the African community by hosting Cultural Arts Safaris and working with children in Gambia. With the motto "peace, love, and respect for everybody," Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble worked with schools, children, prisoners, and various other communities. Davis received many awards and honors including the 1992 "Bessie" award for excellence, 1992 North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Award for distinguished service, honorary doctorates from Medgar Evers College in New York and Williams College in Massachusetts, the 2004 Dance Magazine Award, the Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival in 2006, and the international Capezio Award in 2007.


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Provenance

The Dr. Charles Davis Records were received by the American Dance Festival Archives as a gift.

Processing Information

Processed by ADF Archives Staff, June 2018