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A0035 – Miss Gillian School of Dancing Collection


Title: Miss Gillian School of Dance Collection
Date span: 1956-1983
Physical description: 18 boxes
Creator: Gillian Frances Wimbourne Davis
Language note: English



Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Acquisition information: Donated to the Boynton Beach Historical Society, then transferred to the Local History Archives. 2016.022 and 2021.009

Preferred citation: Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archives, Miss Gillian School of Dancing Collection.



miss gillians class 1966Historical note: Gillian Frances Wimbourne (b. 1936 England) moved to Boynton Beach in 1956 to establish a dance school after being encouraged by local residents. She taught dance classes at her studio in Boynton Beach as well as in locations from Palm Beach to Delray Beach. She was also involved with WHRS/WXEL radio and TV in Boynton. In 1983 she married the British musicologist Richard Beattie Davis. In 1986 she sold her studio and moved back to the UK. Her husband (d. 2008) collected and wrote about rare first and early editions of music scores, including Mozart and Beethoven, but his lasting legacy is his book on the Russian publications by Belaieff, with which she was involved. His collection was housed at FAU Wimberley Library in Boca Raton for many years, but is now at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. As of 2021, Miss Gillian still resides at least part of the year at her home in Boynton Beach.

Scope and content note: Material documenting the Miss Gillian School of Dance includes photographs of children’s dance groups chiefly on stage in costume (1956-1983), dance recital programs, and video and audiotapes of performances. Also included are records of classical music.

Miss Gillian School of Dancing (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
Dance schools
Child dancers

Other forms of material available: Many of the photographs have been digitized and are available online.

Arrangement note: Five series: Series 1: Papers; Series 2: Performances, audio and videotapes; Series 3: Music, including 78s and 45s; Series 4: Costumes; Series 5: Photographs.

Access note: At this time, there is no way to view the videotape or listen to the audiotapes in this collection.

Processing information: Collection processed in 2016 / sms & 2021 / gc
Date of finding aid: May 2019, July 2021 / gc


Box 1: Papers
Folder 1: Inventory
Folders 2 & 3: Plaques recording team winners, 1958-1966
Folder 4: Team certificate, 1981
Folder 5: Scrapbook. Clippings about ballet, yoga, style, posture, c. 1960s
Folder 6: Article: “Toe Shoes When?”
Folder 7: Issues of The Dancer’s Notebook (incomplete), 1957-
Folder 8: Clippings
Folder 9-11: Dance recital programs (incomplete), 1960-1983

Box 2-9: Audio tapes of performances (various formats)

Box 10 & 11: Videotapes of performances (various formats)

Box 12-14: Music, LP records.

Unboxed: 3 books of LP records

Box 15-17: Music, 45 RPM records

Box 18: Costume

Boxes 19 & 20: Photographs