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Levinson, Ruth Diamond, 1911-2013



Ruth Diamond Levinson (1911-1913) was a dance instructor at the Municipal University of Omaha before World War II. In 1935, she founded Orchesis, the modern dance performing group that continues at the University of Nebraska at Omaha today under the name of the Moving Company. She served in the Red Cross during World War II, after which she married Harry Levinson. She taught physical education at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln (then just the University of Nebraska) for 22 years, retiring in 1973 and continuing to serve as the UNL Department of Physical Education's archivist post-retirement. Upon her retirement, she established a fund to provide scholarships for dance students, and after her death, the University of Nebraska Foundation has maintained the Ruth Diamond Levinson Dance Scholarship Fund.


"Levinson, Ruth Diamond." Lincoln Journal Star, February 6, 2013.

"Ruth Diamond Levinson." The Jewish Press, Feburary 13, 2013.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Faculty, Physical Education for Women Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-23-18-02
Scope and Contents The collection consists of materials relating to faculty of the Physical Education for Women department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teachers College.  Included are correspondence, awards, articles and speeches, programs, notes, newspaper clippings, biographies, bibliographies, and photographs.  There are eight folders of papers and photographs related to Mabel Lee, and one folder each for the remaining faculty represented in the collection.  Staff handbooks and a guide for the...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1920-1983; 1930s-1960s

Ruth Diamond Levinson Dance Collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: UNO-0188
Scope and Contents Collection of material related to the dance program at the University of Omaha, including a scrapbook, a spiral notebook containing handwritten music, a collage of photographs laminated onto a wooden wall hanging, correspondence, departmental records, event programs, posters, photographs, news clippings, photocopies. The scrapbook includes photographs, news clippings, and ephemera including dried flower corsages. The photo collage plaque was given to Levinson at the time of her...
Dates: 1929-1988; Majority of material found within predominant 1940-1942

Ruth Diamond Levinson, Physical Education for Women Papers

Identifier: RG-23-18-14
Scope and Contents

The papers include Ruth Diamond Levinson's correspondence, drafts of papers and lectures, scrapbooks, photographs, publications, clippings, and bulletins related to physical education and teacher education.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1906-2011