Henry H. Crapo Dance Collection|
University of Waterloo, Library
Dance--History; Ballet--History; Dance notation; Choreography
The collection was established in 1975. Dr. Henry H. Crapo, a former University of Waterloo faculty member, donated 150 items and continues to support the collection. In 1982, the three hundred volume Chaffee/Butsova Collection was purchased. Grants have helped build the collection.
The collection has been described as the "only sizeable special collection of rare materials relating to the history of dance and ballet found in Canada" (Dance resources in Canadian literature, 1983). The collection covers the history of dance and ballet from the sixteenth century to the present and includes landmark treatises of Noverre, Feuillet, and Beaumont. Some rare items include Basses danses (Lyon, 1535) and volume IV of Le répertoire des bals (1763). Also found are unique copies of Journal des spectacles (Paris, 1764-1772). Present acquisition policies are centred on the history of choreography and notation, Romantic ballet, and the history and ethnology of dance.
English, French, and selected foreign language material.
1,250 monographs; 5 cm of Vestris Dance competition files; 2.5 cm of manuscripts; 2.5 cm of notebooks.
The collection is catalogued in the general library collection. There is also a published catalogue (see below). Uncatalogued material is available under author/title in the library's automated acquisition system. LC and NLC subject headings are used.The material is arranged according to Rare Book shelf numbers and/or LC classification. The holdings are recorded in the University of Waterloo Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and ESTC (where appropriate). Standard bibliographies on dance have been annotated to reflect collection holdings.
The collection is in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room which is open to the public with identification. Additional hours are provided with prior appointment. For further information visit: http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/discipline/SpecColl/Special1.html.
Interlibrary Loan: Only to libraries on IUTS, and as the condition of the material warrants. Material must be used in a rare bookroom.
Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.
Reference Assistance: Yes.
Publications Describing Collection
University of Waterloo. Library. -- A catalogue of the dance collection in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, University of Waterloo Library. -- Compiled by Susan Bellingham, with the assistance of Anne Pihura. -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, c1979. -- (University of Waterloo bibliography; no. 3). University of Waterloo. Library. -- A catalogue of the dance collection in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, University of Waterloo Library. -- Compiled by Susan Bellingham. -- 2 nd ed. -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, c1983. -- (University of Waterloo bibliography; no. 10). See also the Doris Lewis recent acquisitions newsletter (various numbers), and journal articles in Dance research journal (1980) and Canadian library journal (1981).