David Vaughan, "a British-born choreographer, critic and performer who was best known for preserving the history of dance through his definitive biographies and painstaking stewardship of the Merce Cunningham archive," died October 27, the New York Times reported. He was 93. Vaughan, who served the Cunningham company and school in various capacities for a half-century, "began collecting dance ephemera in the late 1950s and was considered the first in-house archivist of an American dance company," the Times noted.
His books include Frederick Ashton and His Ballets (1977) and Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years (1997). At his death, Vaughan was completing a book on the choreographer James Waring. He won a Dance Magazine Award in 2015 for his contributions to the field, which included writing for several cultural journals.