In addition to family histories, Books & Lives has preserved print and video records of the accomplishments of almost one hundred Bay Area music, dance, and theater artists. Much of this work was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Performance & Design’s Legacy Oral History Program, founded by Jeff Friedman, PhD. These oral histories, many funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, have been placed in public, university, museum, and special interest libraries.


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Jocelyn Vollmar, Prima Ballerina

Jocelyn Vollmar enjoyed a full career at San Francisco Ballet and danced continuously from childhood to retirement. Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, she appeared in a lead role in every major ballet of her time. Vollmar led world tours sponsored by the US Department of State and also danced lead roles in George Balanchine's premier season in New York. Full-life oral history. Mary Wood, interviewer. Jeff Friedman, PhD and Basya Petnick, senior editors.