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Evelyn Lockman Papers

Identifier: MS-0363

Scope and Contents

The Evelyn Lockman Papers document the career of an internationally recognized modern, jazz, and world dance performer and teacher. The collection includes correspondence, San Diego State University Department of Dance and Theatre materials, international and national professional activities, professional writings, teaching material, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.  The papers are arranged in six series: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Writings, Professional Activities, Teaching Materials, Photographs, and Audio Recordings.

Series I: Biographical Materials The Biographical Materials series contains curriculum vitae, interviews, news articles about Evelyn Lockman, and various scrapbooks.

Series II. Correspondence The Correspondence series includes letters from colleagues, students, and administrative contacts from 1943-1974.  Correspondence also includes letters from Mansell Brooks Lockman, Evelyn's mother.

Series III. Writings The Writings are mostly articles for newsletters, but includes the typescript drafts for Lockman's dissertation, "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance," 1960. Part of the manuscripts are titled "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Movement," 1960. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series IV. Professional Actiivities The files in the Professional Activities series are administrative and conference related organizations which Evelyn Lockman participated in between 1974-1986.  The materials include conference materials, scrapbooks, and correspondence.

Series V. Teaching Materials Evelyn Lockman taught at San Diego State University in the dance department from 1948-1977.  The Teaching Materials represent teaching syllabus and performance activities during her tenure at SDSU.

Series VI. Photographs The Photographs series includes black and white, color, and negative photographic materials of portraits of Evelyn Lockman, performances with Lockman and students, photographs of instruction both in the United States and internationally, and events.  The photographs date mainly from the 1930s-1960s.

Series VII. Audio Recordings The Audio Recordings series contains a reel-to-reel recording of an interview with Evelyn Lockman produced by Voice of America. The recordings are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.


  • Creation: 1929-1989
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/16/2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. The Audio Recordings found in Series 7 are not available for use. Please consult with the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Evelyn Elizabeth Lockman, professor of dance at San Diego State University from 1948-1977, was instrumental in establishing the dance major at SDSU. Lockman was an internationally known dancer and choreographer, who promoted dance arts, and received many awards for her performances and teaching.

She was born in Bolivar, Tennesse and began her dance career at an early age. She graduated with an undergraduate in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in Physical Education from the George Peabody College for Teachers. She continued teaching in New York, Bowling Green University in Ohio, University of Southwestern Louisiana as chair of the dance department, and eventually at San Diego State University in 1977. She was later approved for full professorship at SDSU after completing her dissertation, "A Manual on the Teaching of Creative Dance" and retired from academia.

Lockman was deeply committed to reviving and advocating for international dance forms, spending time educating and performing in Bolivia, China, India, Thailand, and Korea. Even after her retirement, she continued teaching mainly in the international dance areas. She was very involved with the International Dance Association and World Congress of the the International Society for Education through Art. She also was appointed to the dance commitee for the Asian Games and the Korean Olympic Committee for the 1986 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

The National Dance Association reorganized in the 1970s and Lockman became the first president of the organization. She initiated the publication of the newsletter, "Spotlight on Dance." Because of her many achievements abroad, she was recognized by the National Dance Association with the 23rd Heritage Honoree award in 1986. Her accomplishments and mentoring were also celebrated in the town of Lafayette, Louisiana, as the mayor of Lafayette proclaimed April 11th as Evelyn Lockman Day.

Evelyn Lockman died at the age of 81, in San Diego, CA on September 4, 1991.


6.60 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. Biographical Materials

II. Correspondence

III. Writings

IV. Professional Activities

V. Teaching Materials

VI. Photographs

VII. Audio Recordings

Source of Acquisition

Thelma M. Thompson

Accruals and Additions

2003-038, 2002-014

Processing Information

2003-038 added to processed collection in 2014.

Evelyn Lockman Papers
Kim Schwenk
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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