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Papers of L. Marguerite Collier

Papers of L. Marguerite Collier

Marguerite Collier, 1893-1976, was a teacher in Tucson, Arizona and began a Mexican folklore club at Carrillo School in 1933 to encourage interest in the music, art and drama of Mexico. In 1936 she introduced to her students the tradition of "las posadas," and began staging "posadas" processionals during the Christmas season.

Collection includes correspondence, photographs, song and music books, sheet music, plays and musicals, and books, programs, articles and brochures on folk dance and music chiefly relating to Collier's work as first grade and music teacher at Carrillo School and reflecting her interest in Mexican folklore, including the tradition of "las posadas." Includes poems, plays, prayers, guides, production outlines, drawings and music relating to Mexican Christmas traditions. Also present are photographs of Carrillo school students and "las posadas" processions, instructions and diagrams for folk dances and children's games, and outlines and notes for several productions.