Guide to the Performing arts manuscripts collection, circa 1475-1984

Performing arts manuscripts collection C0215


Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

USA

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Email: speccoll@gmu.edu

URL: http://sca.gmu.edu

Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Gerber, Steven K.
Title Performing arts manuscripts collection
Date circa 1475-1984
Physical Characteristics 4.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract Collection consists of photographic prints, lithographs, drawings, and written manuscripts pertaining to significant musicians, composers, dancers, and their works.
Collection Number C0215
Language Primarily English. Some materials are in Latin, French, or Italian.

Historical Information

The Performing arts manuscripts collection consists of items selected by Steven Gerber, the Music, Theater, and Philosophy Librarian at George Mason University (GMU). In addition to his librarian duties, Gerber teaches courses on music research and bibliography at GMU. He developed this collection to serve as a resource for his courses and to provide research access for GMU performing arts faculty and students.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographic prints, lithographs, and drawings of significant musicians, composers, and dancers. The photographs depict portraits and images of professional performing artists at work. The drawings and lithographs are primarily portraits of notable performing arts professionals, or feature subject matter related to the performing arts, including costume design and scenes from various stage sets and performances. The collection also contains several manuscripts, including a folio of musical instruments, a stage guide and score for the musical "My Maryland," and hand-written sheet music.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series. Each series is arranged chronologically by order of acquisition.

Series 1: Graphic Materials, 1610-1940 (Boxes 1-4)

Series 2: Manuscripts, circa 1475-1929 (Boxes 1, 3)

Series 3: Photographs, 1900-1984 (Boxes 1-3)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from Performing arts manuscripts collection must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds published materials related to music and the performing arts which can be found through the George Mason University library catalog. Special Collections Research Center also holds many other performing arts collections.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Ailey, Alvin -- Photographs
Arne, Thomas Augustine, 1710-1778 -- Pictorial works
Balanchine, George -- Photographs
Basili, Francesco, 1767-1850
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 -- Photographs
Bolm, Adolf , 1884-1951 -- Photographs
Cage, John -- Photographs
Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842 -- Pictorial works
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997
Dello Joio, Norman, 1913-2008 -- Photographs
Didelot, Rose Colinette -- Pictorial works
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927 -- Photographs
Eglevsky, Andre -- Photographs
Fuller, Loie, 1862-1928 -- Photographs
Germania Musical Society. -- Pictorial works
Graham, Martha -- Photographs
Griffith, Robert E. -- Photographs
Kabalevsky, Dmitry Borisovich, 1904-1987 -- Photographs
Kodaly, Zoltan, 1882-1967 -- Photographs
Laurents, Arthur -- Photographs
Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986 -- Photographs
Mascagni, Pietro, 1863-1945
Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912
Mitchell, Arthur, 1934- -- Photographs
Mumma, Gordon, 1935- -- Photographs
Novikoff, Laurent -- Photographs
Partch, Harry, 1901-1974 -- Photographs
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931 -- Pictorial works
Prince, Harold, 1928- -- Photographs
Ram Gopal, 1917- -- Photographs
Robbins, Jerome -- Photographs
Romberg, Sigmund, 1887-1951
Rossini, Gioachino, 1792-1868
Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967 -- Photographs
Sondheim, Stephen -- Photographs
Tudor, David, 1926-1996 -- Photographs
Viardot-Garcia, Pauline, 1821-1910

Corporate Names:

Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo.
Ballets russes.

Subjects:

Ballet--Pictorial works.
Costume design.
Dance
Hitler Youth--Photographs.
Minstrel shows
Music.
No
Opera.
Performing arts.
Sheet music.
Stage guides
Theater.
Tom and Jerry (Television program)

Document Types:

Etchings.
Lithographs.
Photographic prints.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Performing arts manuscripts collection, C0215, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials were purchased from a variety of rare book and manuscript dealers from 2009 through the present.

Processing Information

Processed by Jordan Patty in 2012. EAD markup completed by Jordan Patty in 2013. Collection reprocessed and finding aid revised by Lana Mason in January 2019.

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Contents List

Series 1: Graphic Materials, 1610-1940 (Boxes 1-4)
Box Folder
1 1 Engraving by Israel Silvestre of a scene from the opera "La Princesse d'Elide" by Moliere and Lully, circa 1673
Acquisition date - October 2009
2 Thomas Arne painted by R. Dunkarton and engraved by W. Humphrey, 1778
Acquisition date - December 2009
3 Original set design by David de Boschi for an unidentified ballet , circa 1830-1840
Acquisition date - February 2010
4 Four illustrations by Ernst Oppler of Anna Pavlova in "The Dying Swan", 1914-1924
Acquisition date - September 2010
5 Engraving by Mattias Kusel of a scene from the opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" by Antonio Cesti, circa 1666
Acquisition date - October 2011
6 "Menuet de la Cour" drawing attributed to Le Couteur, 1755
Acquisition date - October 2011
7 Caricature drawing by Zara Simeowi of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano, circa 1940
Acquisition date - March 2012
8 Print by Conde and Reynolds of Rose Didelot in the Character of Calypso, circa 1791
Acquisition date - March 2012
9 "Osculetor me osculo oris sui; Canticum, canticorum" engraved by Claes Jansz Visscher, 1610
Call number NE671.16.V58 1610; Acquisition date - September 2013
10 Costumes for ten characters from the opera "Oberon", circa 1800s
Acquisition date - October 2016
11 Engraving by William Blake of a scene from the opera "The Beggar's Opera" by J. C. Pepusch, circa 1790-1827
Acquisition date - February 2017
12 Engraving by Mattias Kusel of a scene from the opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" by Antonio Cesti, circa 1666
Acquisition date - February 2017
13 Caricature drawings by Thomas Nast of the Grand Masquerade Ball given at the Academy of Music, circa 1866
Acquisition date - February 2017
14 Lithograph by Jean-Gabriel Scheffer from the series "Ce Qu'on Dit et Ce Qu'on Pense" depicting Gioachino Rossini speaking to a young man, circa 1830
Acquisition date - December 2017
Box Folder
2 1 Etching by Jean Jacques de Boissieu of dancers and musicians in a country setting, 1773
Acquisition date - October 2011
2 Lithographed portrait by L. Loire of singer Pauline Viardot (Garcia), circa 1839
Acquisition date - January 2016
3 Six hand-colored lithographs of character costume designs for the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana", circa 1890
Acquisition date - May 2016
4 Four lithographs by E. Buval of a scene and three costumed characters from the opera "La Navarraise", circa 1894
Acquisition date - May 2016
Box Folder
3 1 Lithographic portrait by Charles Bour of Italian composer Luigi Cherubini, circa 1800s
Acquisition date - June 2012
2 Seven watercolor drawings of character costume designs for a production of the opera "Aida", circa 1800s
Acquisition date - September 2016
3 Watercolor costume design for a production of the opera "Aida", circa 1800s
Acquisition date - September 2016
4 Four original images from the 1952 Tom and Jerry short "Johann Mouse", circa 1952
Acquisition date - September 2017
5 Plan for a fireworks display for King George II to be accompanied by music composed by George Frideric Handel, circa 1749
Acquisition date - March 2018
Box Folder
4 1 Japanese hand-painted scroll of Noh theater masks, circa 1880s
Call number PN2924.5.N6 H36 1880z; Acquisition date - March 2018
Series 2: Manuscripts, circa 1475-1929 (Boxes 1, 3)
Box Folder
1 1 "Musical instruments" folio by Denis Diderot, circa 1751-1772
Acquisition date - February 2017
2 Manuscript leaf from a choir book in Latin, circa 1500
Call number Oversize M2147 XV .M3; Acquisition date - February 2017
3 Manuscript leaf from a choir book in Latin, circa 1475-1525
Call number Oversize M2147 XVI .M4; Acquisition date - February 2017
4 "Missa Choralis Unisona" musical manuscript, circa 1800s
Call number M2013.5 .M58 1700z; Acquisition date - September 2017
Box Folder
3 1 "Justus ut palma a 3 Canto e Alto e Basso" by Francesco Basili, circa 1800-1825
Call number M2019.5.B38 J88 1800z; Acquisition date - September 2016
2 "My Maryland" musical romance in three acts, circa 1929
Call number Folio M1503.R75 M9 1929; Acquisition date - July 2017
3 Score for "My Maryland" musical, circa 1929
Call number Folio M1503.R75 M9 1929 score; Acquisition date - July 2017
Series 3: Photographs, 1900-1984 (Boxes 1-3)
Box Folder
1 1 Dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins and ballerinas rehearsing "Circus Polka", 1972
Acquisition date - March 2012
Box Folder
2 1 Choreographer George Balanchine rehearsing two dancers in "Adagio Lamentoso", 1978
Acquisition date - October 2009
2 Photograph by Blake Studios of Russian dancer Laurent Novikoff of Ballets Russes, circa 1900s
Acquisition date - October 2009
3 Photograph of dancer and choreographer Loie Fuller with printed program for a performance by her troupe, 1924
Acquisition date - October 2009
4 Poet and folklorist Carl Sandburg playing guitar, 1948
Acquisition date - March 2012
5 Two photographs of Russian dancer Theodore Kosloff and dance ensemble from MGM film "Madame Satan", 1930
Acquisition date - March 2015
Box Folder
3 1 Photograph by Van Vechten of dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, March 1955
Acquisition date - October 2009
2 Photograph by Maurice Goldberg of the Isadora Duncan Dancers, circa 1920
Acquisition date - October 2009
3 Photograph by Harcourt of Russian dancer Serge Lifar of Ballets Russes, circa 1900s
Acquisition date - October 2009
4 Photograph and autograph of Indian dancer and choreographer Ram Gopal in "Golden Eagle" costume, circa 1900s
Acquisition date - October 2009
5 Two photographs by Martha Swope of choreographer Jerome Robbins rehearsing dancers from the New York City Ballet in "Antique Epigraphs", 1984
Acquisition date - October 2009
6 Dancer Adolph Bolm of Ballets Russes, circa 1900s
Acquisition date - February 2010
7 Three photographs by Sasha of London of Russian dancers Alexandra Danilova and Andre Eglevsky of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performing "Les Sylphides", 1934
Acquisition date - February 2010
8 Dancer Arthur Mitchell (Dance Theater of Harlem) with ballerina, circa 1900s
Acquisition date - February 2010
9 Press photograph of composers and educators Zoltan Kodaly, Dmitry Kabalevsky, and Norman Dello Joio at Interlochen conference, 1966
Acquisition date - March 2012
10 Hitler Youth members playing recorders, 1933
Acquisition date - March 2012
11 Photograph by Martha Swope of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young girls, 1972
Acquisition date - March 2012
12 Photograph by Arnold Eagle of dancer and choreographer Martha Graham in "Mirror Before Me (Heriodiade)", 1945
Acquisition date - March 2012
13 Two photographs of Harry Partch, March 10-11, 1962
Acquisition date - July 2012
14 Minstrel show photograph, circa 1900-1910
Acquisition date - September 2017
15 Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Harold S. Prince, Robert E. Griffith, Leonard Bernstein, and Jerome Robbins, September 29, 1959
Acquisition date - July 2018
16 John Cage, Gordon Mumma, and David Tudor, July 5, 1968
Acquisition date - July 2018
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