University of California-Irvine

Contact: Liza Vick

Notes/Comments: We don't have much in the way of music concert performance materials although there may be some housed in the music department.
1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes.
2. Apart from concert programs, does your institution have significant holdings of other types of documents that can be useful for performance research such as libretti, playbills, historical journals with concert reviews, etc.? [did not answer]
3. Please list major concert venues, ensembles or performing organizations, and artists that are represented in your holdings. If possible, indicate a general timeframe for each (e.g. New York Philharmonic: 1920-1950). If your holdings are so extensive it is impractical to submit a list in a timely fashion, please provide a general overview (e.g. Programs of various musical events in Stockholm: 19th and 20th centuries). (Taken from the catalog record description:) A major source of archival collections is in our Dance program and ephemera collection, 1909-1987. There are programs and miscellaneous performance materials in other dance archival collections as well. This collection comprises printed materials, primarily dance programs, documenting significant international dancers, dance companies, festivals, performances, and events. The bulk of this collection contains materials on 20th century American and European ballet performers and companies, such as the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russes and related companies (including Serge Diaghilev), Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Denishawn (including Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn), Martha Graham, New York City Ballet, Anna Pavlova, Royal Ballet, Russian Ballet, Sadler's Wells Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. The collection also contains dance programs documenting world and folk genres, and international dance styles, primarily Indian, Japanese, and Spanish. A small group of printed ephemera documents various dance festivals, dance companies, and individuals such as Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, Mary Wigman, and others. A number of dance programs contain biographical profiles of performers, numerous illustrations, and reproductions of photographs, often by significant artists such as León Bakst, André Derain, Nataliia Sergeevna Goncharova, George Platt Lynes, and Pablo Picasso. Miscellaneous programs are located in other collections.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? Not online. Print finding aids located in UCI Special Collections: Also searchable by title in online catalogue, Antpac: Online finding aids are located in Online Archives of California:
5. Have you undertaken or are you planning any item level indexing or cataloging of individual programs? If yes, please list the categories of information that are indexed for each program (e.g. date, venue, artists, works, etc.). If the details of your plan are not yet specified, please made a simple explanation of what you hope to accomplish. If your index is available online please provide the URL. If it exists in some other electronic format such as an Excel or FileMaker file please try to send it as an attachment. Finding aids, variable.
6. Please briefly describe the clientele or research use of your holdings. Are the programs accessible to the public? Are they used for historical research or more for practical in-house institutional functions? Dance students, faculty, researchers.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Perhaps.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? Yes.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? No.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. [none]

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