The founding faculty of UCI's Dance Department included dance history and theory as essential components of the curriculum for both B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance performance and choreography. Noted dance historian Olga Maynard played a notable role in working with librarians to build strong collections of rare books, serials, photographs, programs, and archival materials in support of the Department's programs. Over the years many other faculty have helped the library connect with major donors; some of these faculty also have donated their own papers.