Title: Frieda Shaw Collection

Extent: 20 cm of textual records and 382 photographs

Adminstrative history:
Frieda Marie Shaw ( nee Richter ) ( 1897-1985 ) was born in Loomis, Washington and attended St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria, B.C. and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before going to San Francisco. She joining a concert group which toured Central America and after becoming ill she returned to her parents home in the Similkameen Valley. She married Norman Shaw ( 1899 – 1972 ) and moved to Powell River in 1931 because Norman had found employment at the Powell River Company pulp and paper mill. Their only child, Carmen, was born in Powell River. Frieda started a dance studio in the family home basement on 4523 Harvie Street in Westview. In 1933, her first year of teaching, 26 students enrolled. Various recitals were held at Dwight Hall with the 1942 one being held to aid local war relief funds. Three of her students went on to much acclaim. Anna ( stage name Onna ) White, ( 1926 – 2007 ) won an Oscar in 1969 for her choreography in the musical Oliver!, Joyce Gray ( nee Hill ) was a founding member of the National Ballet Company of Canada and Norman Thompson ( 1920 – 196? ) , danced with the San Francisco Ballet Company, Sadler’s Wells, New York’s Ballet Theatre amongst other companies. Mrs. Shaw continued to teach until 1948 and continued her career upon occasion as an adjudicator for the British Columbia Festival.

Scope and Content:
The collection includes textual records and other material created and collected by Frieda Shaw. It includes financial records, announcements, programes, lists, notebooks, sheet music, clippings, ephemera, and photographs

Notes: Dance drawings, sketches of pupils drawn by Frieda Shaw and
artifacts of her school and studio are in the Museum collection.



Series Level Descriptions:

Series 1

Financial Records.. 1933, 1947-1948. - - 2cm of textual material

Series consists of selected receipt books of Frieda Shaw’s dance school. Some have annotations.

Title based on content of series.


Series 2

Announcements. - - 1925. - - .5cm of textual records

Series consists of announcements of dance recital and opening of dance studio
of Frieda Shaw in California.

Title based on content of series


Series 3

Lists. - - 1933-1948. - - .5cm of textual records.

Series consists of lists of students.

Title based on contents of series.

Series 4

Notebook. - - 1944-1946. - - 1cm of textual records

Series consists of a note book which outline dance instructions.

Title based on contents of series

Series 5

Programes/Play Bills. – 1925 – 1945. - - 4cm of textual records.

Series consists of play bills of dance recitals that Frieda Shaw did on her tour of South America and of programmes by her dance school held in Dwight Hall.

Title based on contents of series

Series 6

Series. - - Sheet Music. - - 1889 – 1940. - - 8cm of textual records

Series consist of sheet music. Annotations and autographs are on some of the music.

Title based on contents of series.

Series 7

Series. - - Clippings. [ photocopied ] . - - 1935-1985. - - 3cm of textual records.

Series consists of newspaper clippings pertaining to Frieda Shaw, Onna White, Norman Thomson, Joyce Hill among other students.

Title based on contents of series.

Series 8.

Series. - - Ephemera. - -1926 – 1980. - - 1 cm of textual records.

Series consists of an elementary school exercise book, a St. Ann’s Academy booklet with annotations and a dance magazine with annotations.

Title based on contents of series.

Series 9

Series:
Photographs. - - 1933-1944. – 382 photographs.

Series consists of black and white photographs of Frieda Shaw and students.

Title based on contents of series.

Accrual:

Series 10:


Series: Drawing - - 1929. - - 1 drawing.

The series consists of a drawing by Shaw of her gra

Accession: 1985.1
2013.76 ( accrual )

Fonds 94


Updated: 2013-Sep-20