COLLECTION FOR THE
The rhythmic beat of dancing feet punishing the parquet! The hills alive with the sound of music! The dulcet tones from the stage of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre! The flicker of light reflecting from the silver screen combined with a cast of thousands gathered together to bring the magic of the world of entertainment to life! The exciting and colorful history of theatre, film and dance, highlighting all the thrills, chills and adventure, is showcased in the BELKNAP COLLECTION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, housed in the DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL AND AREA STUDIES COLLECTIONS at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
Founded in 1958 by Sarah Yancy Belknap, a New York Librarian and an avid patron of the arts, the Belknap Collection is an eclectic mixture of mainly non-book, primary research materials. Nearly 85% of the collection is ephemera from 19th and 20th Century Europe and America. The archive includes more than 60,000 playbills, programs, costume and stage designs, sheet music, theatrical scrapbooks, prints, etchings, drawings, photographs, posters, and scripts spanning all of the performing arts. The Belknap Collection also includes essential reference books, rare and large pictorial books, and relevant performing arts periodicals. Our MISCELLANEOUS page includes circus ephemera, theatrical publicity and production photographs and various vertical files covering performing arts within the STATE OF FLORIDA and the city of GAINESVILLE.
For more information on the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts contact:
Jim Liversidge, Curator
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
PO Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007