Guide to the Papers of Michelle Potter


MS Acc10.084

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Michelle Potter
Papers of Michelle Potter
Date Range
Collection Number
MS Acc10.084
1.5 metres (10 ms boxes)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Michelle Potter, National Library of Australia, MS Acc10.084, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Item Descriptions

Series. National Library projects

Esso Performing Arts and Oral History Archive project (media and promotion, projects, photographs, publications); Keep Dancing (media and promotion, photographs, annual reports, correpondence); Australia Dancing (media and publicity, project plan notes, scoping, design brief, advisory board papers, usage data)., 1988-2006 (File) - Box 1

Keep Dancing in collaboration with National Film and Sound Archive and Ausdance.

Dance people dance exhibition (expression of interest; contracts; proposal drafts; invitations to events; media, curator's articles; photographs; Canberra Critics' Circle Award; education kit)., 1997-1999 (File) - Box 2

Material largely relating to Canberra exhibition; small amount relating to Melbourne showing.

Ballets Russes project (project updates, publications, presentations at conferences, DVD and exhibition for Dancers Company tour, website, ARC application notes, adjunct associate professor documents, media)., 2005-2006 (File) - Box 3

Early stages of a project that continued until 2009. DVD not included.

Series. Jerome Robbins Dance Division (JRDD)

Application for and other material relating to curator's job; letters of congratulations; early correspondence prior to arrival in New York., 2006 (File) - Box 4

Quarterly curator's reports; annual report for 2007; reports to staff from Australia; reports home; material relating to the exhibiton INVENTION: Merce Cunningham and collaborators; material relation to the launch of the restored film of George balanchine's Don Quixote; addresses, lectures and presentations, assorted other projects; leaving JRDD including letters of regret, 2006-2008 (File) - Box 5

Some correspondence not available for research until 2020 (in sealed 2 envelopes within box).

Series. Cambodia

Khmer Dance Project (project plans, MoU drafts, correspondence, interview documentation and reports, articles and presentations); Dancing Across Borders - a film by Anne Bass (correspondence, miscellaneous documents about Cambodia, early drafts of script). [Early work on a film that eventually became Dancing across border. The film relates to the career of Cambodian born dancer Sokvannara Sar (nickname Sy). Website for the film is at ], 2006-2008 (File) - Box 6

Some correspondence not available for research until 2020

Series. Correspondence

Correspondence with and from Anna Volkova Barnes, Alan Brissenden, Lisa Bolte, Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Maina Gielgud, Geoffrey Ingram, Regis Lansac, Monica Moseley, Meryl Tankard, Valrene Tweedie and other correspondents; cards and invitations from various dance companies and dancers., 1983-2008 (File) - Box 7

Correspondence with and from Meg Denton (covers Ballets Russes thesis, Brolga, Keep dancing, Australia Dancing and other dance projects)., 1987-2005 (File) - Box 8

Correspondence includes emails relating to the transfer of Meg's material to the NLA (2008)

Series. Publications

Papers of the Hong Kong International Dance conference; A passion for dance (contract, correspondence, media and promotion; A collectors book of Australian dance (correspondence, media); Canberra Times defamation case; publications list as at May 2010; list of oral history recordings 1988-2007., 1990-2010 (File) - Box 9

Series. Miscellaneous

Australian Dance Awards 2003; Scandinavian tour 2005; oral history interview 2008., 2003-2008 (File) - Box 10