The Dorothy Lane Papers consist of five folders of biographical, publicity, correspondence, and student files dating from 1936 to 1994.
Dating from 1953 to 1994, the biographical materials comprise press releases and newspaper clippings relating to Lane's teaching and performance career at Northwestern; as well as a 1994 obituary from the Music School's Fanfare magazine. Publicity materials span from 1954 to 1973 and include a photograph of Lane; performance programs; performance reviews; and biographical sketch.
The correspondence (1936-1979) consists of incoming and a small amount of outgoing material that pertains mainly to Lane's salary and rank within the University.
One folder of recommendations dating from 1973 to 1976 documents Lane's efforts to secure scholarships, employment, and promotions for her students and colleagues. A file pertaining to one former student, baroque music scholar James Ladewig, contains a copy of his 1987 published article “The Origins of Frescobaldi's Variation Canzonas Reappraised.”