The collection includes correspondence, photographs, costume designs, programs, press cuttings, publicity material and posters, music scores, writings by Bodenwieser, personal documents, dissertations and publications. The collection documents Bodenwieser's career in modern dance in both Europe and Australia, and the tours and performances of her dance companies Tanzgruppe Bodenwieser and the Bodenwieser Ballet. The collection also documents numerous exhibitions and writings relating to or featuring Bodenwieser, which reflect the continuing appreciation of her talent and influence. Among the correspondents are Shona Dunlop MacTavish, Eileen Cramer, Margaret Chapple, Hede Juer, Johanna Exiner, Hilde Holger, Robyn Rawson, Giora Manor, Lysbeth Cohen, Karl Bittman, Dr Agnes Bleir Brody, Meg Abbie Denton, Claire Robilant, Paul Bentley, Edward Pask, Ann Butt, Genevieve Oswald, Bengt Hager, Carlos Hecht and Sir Eugene Goossens.
Dancer, choreographer and teacher. Born in Vienna, Bodenwieser established her first dance group Tanzgruppe Bodenwieser in 1923. In 1939 she arrived in Australia and established the Bodenwieser Ballet in Sydney. Following her death, papers documenting her extensive career were left in the custody of Marie Cuckson, who then formed, arranged and added to the Gertrud Bodenwieser Archives.