Lloyd Shaw: A Bibliography

by Linda M. Bradford, a paper for
Resources and Information Systems
in the Social Sciences
19 May 1975

Books by Lloyd Shaw Articles by Lloyd Shaw
Articles About Lloyd Shaw Biographical Information


     Lloyd Shaw (1890-1958) was a man of many facets. His chief interest was education, which to him meant the development of the whole person, not just the intellectual portion. To this end, the program of the Cheyenne
Mountain Schools (of which he was superintendent from 1916 to 1951) included, in addition to an excellent academic curriculum, a series of activities in which the students could develop individual skills which they could enjoy all their lives. Among these were outdoor activities such as horseback riding, camping, gliding, skiing (the first in this part of the world), and nature study. Indoor activities included string figures, yoyos, play production, music, and dancing, the activity which brought fame to Lloyd Shaw and the Cheyenne Mountain School.
     Early in Dr. Shaw's career as school superintendent and principal of the high school, a football team made up of virtually every boy in the school won a state championship. Feeling that the resultant adulation was unhealthy, Dr. Shaw, to the great consternation of the school and
community, dropped football as a part of the school program. Dancing, which he had previously disliked, was the logical substitute, as the entire school body could be involved, girls as well as boys, young as well as old. They began by learning European, Mexican, and New England folk dances, and later their pioneering work in rediscovering the almost forgotten dances of the Western frontier brought fame to the school and to Dr. Shaw. In pursuing this avocation, Lloyd Shaw is credited with
bringing about the broad revival of square dancing in America. He directed and appeared in the dance sequences in the movie, "Duel in the Sun," and produced a variety of recordings, first with Decca and then with his own
recording company. In addition, he wrote books and articles, and conducted summer classes for teachers and callers. Honorary degrees were conferred on him by Colorado College (LL.D., 1928), and the University of Colorado (Ed.D., 1937). He was married to the poet,
Dorothy Stott Shaw, and had two children: a daughter, Doli, and a son, David, who died in childhood.

      The bibliography includes works written by Lloyd Shaw and articles written about him during his lifetime. It is certainly not definitive but does demonstrate the wide variety of his interests, talents, and activities.


Books by Lloyd Shaw

Cowboy Dances: A Collection of Western Square Dances.
Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., Revised
Edition, 1952.

          This book was the result of many years' field research by the author, and brought together for the first time the many components of the Western American square dance. Profusely illustrated with photographs and diagrams, Cowboy Dances was one most important medium which, in combination with Dr. Shaw's classes and exhibitions, taught people across the United States how to dance, call, and love the Western square dance. From this book and the summer workshops for callers sprang the enormous interest in square dancing of the '40's and '50's and which again today is seeing another revival. Foreword by Sherwood Anderson. Glossary. Appendix of cowboy dance tunes
     arranged by Frederick Knorr.
     Reviews of Cowboy Dances appeared in:
     Booklist. 36:4 S '39.
     Boston Transcript. Ag. 12 '39.
     New Republic. 100:278 O 11 '39.
     Theatre Arts Monthly. 24:72 Ja '40.
     Wilson Library Bulletin. 35:163 O '39.
The Littlest Wiseman: a Play Pageant of the Nativity.
Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1951.

          This short play was constructed from a story written by Lloyd Shaw in his boyhood. It recounts the story of a small shepherd boy who wishes to give a gift to the infant Jesus. The plot is simple, but in combination with beautiful music, the poetry written by Dorothy Stott Shaw, and the love which went into the production each Christmas, the play as presented by the Cheyenne Mountain School became a local tradition and earned the school the nickname of the Little Oberammergau of the West. It was produced annually for 33 years.
Nature Notes of the Pikes Peak Region. Colorado Springs:
The Apex Book Company, 1916.

          Originally appearing as a series of articles in "The Colorado Springs Gazette," Nature Notes, although accurate and precise in the information contained, is not a scientific treatise, a guide book, or a key. It is rather an informal ramble through the region with stops to investigate whatever strikes the author's fancy, be it bird, flower, tree, or animal. Very personal in style, the essays make the reader feel as if he is accompanying Lloyd Shaw on a hike. Today the work is still fresh and relevant, and plans are being made to publish a new edition of this beautiful little book.
The Round Dance Book: A Century of Waltzing. Caldwell,
Idaho: The Caxton Printers, 1948.

          This definitive work is a well-researched treatment of the history and modern (up till publication) practice of round, or couple, dances. Delightfully written, the book gives the reader an understanding of the developments of various dance steps. Among
     these are the waltz, the schottische, and the polka, including many variations for each. The instructions for the dances are easy to understand. The style of writing is lively but the treatment of the subject matter serious, providing the rare combination of entertaining reading of scholarly substance.

 Illustrated. Bibliography. Foreword by Thomas
     Hornsby Ferril.
     Reviews of The Round Dance Book appeared in:
     Booklist. 45:238 Mr 15 '49.
     Canadian Forum. 29:71 Je '49.
     Cleveland Open Shelf. May '49.
     Kirkus. 16:566 O 15 '48.
     Library Journal. 73:1819 D 15 '48.
     Saturday Review of Literature. 32:26 Ap 30 '49.
     School and Society. 69:47 Ja 15 '49.
     Wilson Library Bulletin. 45:45 Mr '49.


Articles by Lloyd Shaw

"Bring 'em Back Alive!", Journal of Health, Physical
Education, and Recreation. 10:563-6+ D '39.

          Dancing is more than just fun   it is necessary to human beings. The Cheyenne Mountain School began its dance program with European folk dance, and then became interested in American folk dance. People who are wishing to organize groups of dancers should keep in mind the following: (1) develop a good caller, (2) interest the young men first (rather than the children or the girls), (3) do not overorganize, (4) don't try to revive an old dance so meticulously that it has lost all its life and joy.
"Correlation of Physical Education and Music Through the
Medium of the Folk Dance." Yearbook of the Music
Supervisors National Conference. Chicago: Music
Educators National Conference. 24th year, 1931. Pp. 356-8.

          Unavailable for examination.
"Let's Have a Cowboy Dance." Women's Home
Companion. 66:108-9 May '39.

          A very short article about square dancing. Included are samples of square dance calls with photographs of demonstrations of the actions. Opportunities for ordering a 10c booklet of directions of dances from the publisher.
"Sketch." Kansas Teacher. 37:19 O '33.
     Unavailable for examination.
"Touching the Intangible." Wilson Bulletin. 10:110-13 O

          This article expresses Dr. Shaw's philosophy about the best way to communicate and elicit a love of reading. It describes the Cheyenne School program for teaching children about reading, especially the parts played by the librarian (Dorothy Stott Shaw), and by Lloyd Shaw in his senior English class.


Articles about Lloyd Shaw

"Pappy's Pupils." Time. 38:46 S 8 '41.
          A description of the square dance activities of the Cheyenne Mountain School youngsters and how they began to dance. Illustrated.
"Swing Your Partners." Christian Science Monitor
Magazine. S 7 '40, p. 14.

          This article tells about the dance activities of the Cheyenne Mountain Schools   how Lloyd Shaw introduced dancing to the youngsters. The dancers are "an outward expression of an inward joy."
"Swing Your Partners," by Farnsworth Crowder.
Recreation. 34:483-5+ N '40.

          Crowder describes the Cheyenne Mountain Dancers and how dancing became a part of the school program. He also tells about Lloyd Shaw's interest in hobbies and his love of the old Western dance tradition. Encouragement is given to the reader to participate in square dancing.
"Swing Your Partners," by Farnsworth Crowder. Reader's
Digest. 37:89-91 D '40.

     Same as above in condensed form.


Biographical Information

Current Biography. New York: H. W. Wilson Company,
1943. p. 688.

          Autobiographical account written especially for this publication. Portrait. Bibliography.
Hafen, LeRoy Reuben, Colorado and Its People. New York:
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1948. Volume IV, p.

     General, brief biographical information.
International Blue Book. New York: Hyacinthe Ringrose,

     General biographical information.
Leaders in Education. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Science
Press, 1941 and 1948.

     Brief biographical information.
National Cyclopedia of American Biography. New York: J.
T. White and Company, 1965. Volume XLVIII, p. 198.

     General biographical information. Portrait.
Who Knows   and What. Chicago: A. N. Marquis
Company, 1949.

          Brief biographical information with special emphasis on Lloyd Shaw's fields of expertise.
Who Was Who in America. Chicago: A. N. Marquis
Company, 1960. Volume III, p. 777.

     Brief biographical information.
Who's Who in America. Chicago: A. N. Marquis
Company, 1950-1959. Volumes 26-30.

     Brief biographical information.
Who's Who in American Education. Hattiesburg,
Mississippi: Who's Who in American Education, Inc.,
1943-1944. p. 814.

     Brief biographical information.
Who's Who in Colorado. Boulder: Extension Division,
University of Colorado, 1938. p. 490.

     Brief biographical information. Innacurate.

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