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Hilda Gumm papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS927

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1903-1957, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


2 linear ft. (2 document cases; 1 oversize folder)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.

Hilda Gumm papers
Josh Hogan
February 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305