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F. W. Olin Library

Special Collections and Archive

Parton (Jane Bourne ) Collection

This is a comprehensive subject collection of 450 books other materials on the history of ballet and modern dance and allied subjects. In addition to the book collection, there is a subject file of articles and clippings.

The collection includes early books on dance such as Fabritio Caroso’s Il Ballarino (Venice, 1581), Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchesographie (Lengres, 1588), and Cesare Negri’s Le Gratie d’Amore (Milan, 1602). There are a number of twentieth century illustrated limited edition books such as The Designs of Léon Bakst for The Sleeping Princess (London, 1923), George Barbier’s Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky (London, 1913), and Arnold Genthe’s The Book of the Dance (Boston, 1920).

Other collections of interest are the Dance Department archives in the Mills College Collection, the Marian Van Tuyl Papers, the Molissa Fenley Papers, and the Darius Milhaud Collection.

There are two publications associated with this collection both available in the F.W. Olin Library:

The Jane Bourne Parton Collection of Books on the Dance: A Selected Bibliography. Compiled by Flora Elizabeth Reynolds. Oakland: The Eucalyptus Press, 1977. P Eucalyptus (Special Collections)

Roatcap, Adela Spindler. The Book of the Dance in the 20th Century: Selections from the Jane Bourne Parton Collection of Books on the Dance. Exhibition catalog. Oakland: Mills College Library, 1984. 792.8016 R682b 1984 oversize

(call number = Parton)




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