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Sandra Williams Collection

Identifier: MC-0020

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of materials collected by Sandra Leigh Williams during her enrollment at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) as a high school and college student, and during her employment with NCSA and North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) as Ballet Mistress. Materials include two editions of the NCSA yearbook, programs from NCSA and NCDT productions, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and realia including an NCSA decal and penant.

Of particular interest are materials related to NCSA's early productions of The Nutcracker including photographs and a program from the first production signed by members of the cast.

In some materials, Williams is referred to as 'Sandy'.


  • 1966-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1966-1974

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Archives collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information which is protected under federal or state privacy laws, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina School of the Arts assume no responsibility.

Biographical Note

Sandra Leigh Williams of Mobile, Alabama graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) high school program in 1967, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Dance in 1970. While in school, Williams was involved with a number of productions and also served as a reporter for the N.C. Essay, NCSA's student newspaper.

After graduation, Williams served as Ballet Mistress for NCSA and North Carolina Dance Theatre until 1976. In 1974, Williams married Clyde Wilson Robinson Jr, changing her name to Sandra Robinson. She went on to serve as Director of Dance Studies at Jacksonville University, and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Florida.


.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)

18 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials



Sandra 'Sandy' Williams was a student in the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) School of Dance, graduating from the high school program in 1967 and receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1970. After graduation, Williams worked for NCSA and the North Carolina Dance Theatre as Ballet Mistress. The collection includes yearbooks, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and realia from her educational and professional activities.


The collection has been arranged in chronological order with undated material held last.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials; materials appear to have been donated by Sandra Williams in summer 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected material from the Sandra Williams Collection have been digitized and are available in the UNCSA Archives Digital Collections.

Related Materials

Sandra Williams served as the first Ballet Mistress for North Carolina Dance Theatre, whose records are held in MC-02. Additional information about Williams may also be included in the School of Dance collection, RG-23.

Williams served as a reporter for the N.C. Essay, the student newspaper of NCSA. Copies of the newspaper can be found in RG-27.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2021 are unknown. In 2021, the collection was arranged in chronological order and archivist supplied descriptive folder titles. Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the Sandra Williams Collection
Laura Silva
August 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States