Belknap Collection for
the Performing Arts
D e f i ad A
Housed at the University of Florida for
almost half a century, the Belknap
Collection was donated to the university in
1953 by Sara Yancey Belknap, a New York librarian
and an avid patron of the arts. Since then, the col-
lection has grown by acquisition as well as through
donations from artists, libraries, and interested indi-
viduals. Nearly 85% of the holdings are ephemera
from nineteenth- and twentieth-century America
and Europe. The archives includes more than
60,000 playbills, programs, posters, photographs,
costume and stage designs, clippings, newsletters,
theatrical scrapbooks, sheet music, recordings,
prints, scripts, and advertising circulars. The collec-
tion also contains reference works, rare and large
pictorial volumes, and performing arts periodicals.
[he ( INEL,\IA collection i, brininling % ith piogramns,
posters, and photographs o' silent ilmiN and talkies.
The D,.\N(F. collection pioudl heralds the priliat
p lpers and nmemorabilii of Ted \hauwn and Ruth
Cos-tumle and set designer lohn Danl\ id Ridge is
prominently\ represented in the DEbIl(N collection
i\th his theatre. ballet. tele% ison and tilim sketches.
notebooks, and papers.
Poster, scrapbooks, playbills, photos., and prints
oc.er the period irhon shakl~peare through the
present day, and document the world of THEATRE,
OPERA, and VAUDEVILLE.
Thousands of glossy Hollywood and theatrical
publicity PHOTOGRAPHS and production stills are
available to the Belknap researcher, as well as the awe-
inspiring DANNY 0. CREW recording and sheet
music collection spotlighting the sometimes
bizarre music of Florida:"Swanee" songs, city and
town tributes, Stephen Foster, etc.
ART: TOP LEFT: "Swanee" songs were the rage of
early 20th century sheet music, Broadway theatre,
and vaudeville. This example from 1919 is part of the
Danny 0. Crew Florida music collection.
TOP RIGHT: Latin heartthrob Ramon Navarro lit up
the silent screen in the epic 1925 production of
BOTTOM RIGHT: Solo dancers, Lolita San Miguel
and Thomas Andrew, pose for a publicity photo from
a 1950s Metropolitan Opera production of Carmen.
The Florida Performing Arts vertical file has
been organized alphabetically by city and
town, and the impressive playbill collection
represents every major Broadway
theatrical production of
the past 100
COVER: A 1918 souvenir program from the New
York Hippodrome "THE GREATEST PLAY-
HOUSE IN THE WORLD."
LEFT PANEL, TOP: A program celebrating the
1960 90th-anniversary tour of the Ringling
Brothers-Barnum and Bailey "Greatest Show
BOTTOM: Champion Ice Capades sensation
Donna Atwood becomes the sixth American
woman to play Peter Pan the first on ice
For more information on the Belknap
Collection for the Performing Arts contact:
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Department of Special and Area Studies
PO Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007
(352) 392-9075 ext. 202
Belknap Collection Web site:
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