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Francoise Martinet papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0719

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an audio tape of a interview of Martinet dated January 4, 1998 by Winston Barclay of WSUI, the radio broadcasting service of the University of Iowa. Barclay opens the interview referring to the almost twenty years Professor Martinet served on the Dance Department faculty. The ensuing discussion betweenthem deals with changes in dance training, innovation, and work practices. Martinet ends the interview with a summary of her dance training philosophy.

The summary transcription of the interview, a University of Iowa Dance Department Newsletter on Martinet, and newspaper clippings complete the collection.


  • Creation: 1978-1998


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Francoise Martinet was born in Morocco at the time of the French in Casablanca. The family moved to Spokane, Washington in 1949 where Martinet found a dance teacher. At age fifteen she went to New York trying to pass as eighteen and attempted to join a dance club. Her ruse did not work and she returned to Spokane. She sought advice from dance teacher Mary Anne Wells, known as the teacher of leading dancers Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. Eventually she studied with Robert Joffrey in New York city.

When Martinet came to the University of Iowa in 1978 the dance program was a part of the Department of Physical Education for Women. Students could acquire a B.A. in physical education with a certificate in dance. The program has since become a fully autonomous program with BA, BFA, and MFA degrees. Martinet retired from the University of Iowa Dance Department in December, 1997.


0.25 linear inches

One audiocassette [AC414]. boxes

Language of Materials



Ballerina and professor of dance at the University of Iowa from 1978-1997.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The audiocassette was donated by WSUI (donor no. 203) in 1998.

Margaret Richardson, 1998; Robert Jett, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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