January 19th Meeting Announcement!

Join us on Thursday, January 19th for our first meeting of 2017!

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Registration, Lunch, Networking
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Presentation 

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Park on the south side of the 840 building. Parking is limited to 2 hours. You can also park in the gated garage next to Building 665. You will need your parking ticket at the meeting

Beef lasagna, steamed mixed vegetables, corn casserole, garlic bread, garden salad and chocolate torte cake!
*$15.00 Registration

RSVP online by clicking on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/ezvAEcOMxytIrYxw1


January Meeting Presentation Topic: 

Building a Special Collection and Archive from Scratch: A Labor of Love              

What happens when a labor of love results in a plethora of archival materials and other memorabilia arriving in central Oklahoma with a vision, but with no infrastructure or specific plan? The Ballets Russes Special Collections and Archive came about when a series of circumstances resulted in former Ballets Russes dancers donating their materials to the University of Oklahoma. Jeri Smalley heard of the gifts, introduced herself to then Chair, now Fine Arts Dean Mary Margaret Holt, and began working as a volunteer to organize these materials. Through a grant opportunity, and a collaboration with University of Oklahoma Libraries, participation in a Colonel de Basil exhibit in Moscow, and most recently an exhibit of Collection materials at the Fred Jones Museum of Fine Art, the Collection has expanded its reach and audience. This presentation will give an overview of the history of the Collection and the challenges of working on major projects with part-time staff.

Jeri Smalley is the Archivist for the Ballets Russes Special Collections and Archive for the University Of Oklahoma School Of Dance. She has a BS and MS in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MLIS from the University of Oklahoma. She taught dance for 20 years as well as choreographed for dance concerts and musicals in universities and high schools. She moved into dance administration and production management for regional dance companies. Deciding to transition out of the dance field, she found that she could really never escape and while working in other areas full time, continued to volunteer in dance as a concert presenter. After moving to Oklahoma, she entered the Library Studies Program at OU with an emphasis on archives. In 2008 she became a volunteer archivist for the Ballets Russes Archive, which moved into a part-time position in 2011. In December 2016 she retired from her “day job” as Assistant Director of the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program but will continue part-time in the Archive. In addition, Jeri is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and is currently in a 300 hour yoga teacher training program.