Hilda Gumm papers
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Hilda Gumm papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Gumm, Hilda
Title: Hilda Gumm papers
Dates: 1903-1957, undated
Quantity: 2.0 linear ft. (2 document cases; 1 oversize folder)
Identification: ahc.MSS927

Biographical/Historical Note

Hilda Gumm was a dancer and choreographer for the Atlanta Civic Ballet which would become the Atlanta Ballet in 1967. She served as co-director with Hildegarde Bennett in the early 1950s and also served as vice-president of the company. She choreographed numerous Atlanta Civic Ballet performances between the founding of the company in 1941 and her move into other work in the mid-1950s. She was a member of the Artist Group of the Atlanta Civic Ballet which consisted of dancers who began with the Dorothy Alexander Dance Arts Group in which Hilda Gumm held the title of prima ballerina in 1939. In 1942, she was president of the Dorothy Allison Dance Arts Group. Later, she served as Supervisor of Physical Education for Atlanta Public Schools where she introduced a dance program. She worked extensively with youth as a director of the Decatur Apprentice Company and as a dance instructor in the Atlanta School of Ballet, the Dorothy Allison School of Ballet, and the Morningside School. She also taught Atlanta public schools both before and after being a professional dancer.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers of the Decatur Branch of the Atlanta School of Ballet, Hilda Gumm's instructional materials, sheet music, music books, and music marked with choreographic notes by Hilda Gumm.

Index Terms

Associations, institutions, etc.--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta School of Ballet (Atlanta, Ga.)
Ballet--Study and teaching--Georgia--Atlanta
Chopin, Frederic, 1810-1849
Music--19th century
Music--Instruction and study--Juvenile
Swan lake (Choreographic work)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hilda Gumm papers, MSS 927, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Decatur Branch--Atlanta Schools of Ballet, undated
2Instructional Materials, 1947, undated
3Handwritten Music, undated
4Chopin, 1915-1946, undated
5Tchaikovsky "Capriccio Italien" Op. 45, undated
6Tchaikovsky "The Swan Lake" Op. 20, 1949
7Ballets, 1941, undated
8Butterfly pieces, 1944, undated
9Clown pieces for piano, 1953, undated
10Choral music, 1917-1951, undated
11Dance pieces, 1926, undated
12Folder of Piano Music for Students, 1953, undated
13Folk Songs, 1916
14Cedric Lemont "Will-o'-the-wisp" Op. 16, No. 5, undated



21Marches, 1912-1950, undated
2Mazurkas, 1903-1957, undated
3Music for Violin and Piano, 1916
4Nationalist Composers, 1938-1953, undated
5Opera, 1916, undated
6Part of Tchaikovsky’s “The Skylark” Op. 39, No. 22, 1937
7Piano Solos/Recital Pieces, 1913-1957, undated
8Pieces for Two Pianos, 1918-1957
9Polka, 1919, undated
10Show Tunes, 1938, undated
11Student Music and Choreography, 1923-1955, undated
12Suites, 1914-1929
13Torn Covers, undated
14Waltzes, 1936-1955, undated



MSS OS 4.2861Music from a Book of Waltzes, undated