December 2008


From the Dance Librarians Discussion Group listserv:

Ted Shawn as Orpheus on Mt. Lowe, 1915.

Ted Shawn as Orpheus on Mt. Lowe, 1915.

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Archives is offering a 20-week fellowship from January 19 through June 5, 2009, funded by the Dance Heritage Coalition.  Duties will begin with a 10-week residency at Jacob’s Pillow, followed by a 10-week work assignment with the Bennington School of Dance Archives at Bennington College.  The Fellow will work under the direct supervision of the Pillow’s Director of Preservation.  Ideal candidate will have completed coursework in library science or archives management and will be seeking practical experience, but other situations will be considered.  Fellowship carries a stipend of $300 per week, with housing provided in each location.  Send letter and resume as soon as possible to Norton Owen, Director of Preservation, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, nowen@jacobspillow.org.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Image credit: Image ID: DEN_0637V

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Clara a Bravura, Hale scrapbook

Clara a Bravura, Hale scrapbook

The Fall 2008 issue of Performance! is now available here.

This edition’s “Reports from the Field” include two articles on some new digital byways.

Amy McCroy and Beth Kattelman of Ohio State University discuss their contributions to  a new statewide initiative that used open source software to develop an EAD finding aid creation tool and a new site, OhioLink finding aid repository, to host finding aids to be contributed by institutions of all stripes and sizes.  Included on this site are the finding aids for several collections with performing arts content (unfortunately, OSU hasn’t yet made any digital images from these collections, which include The Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance From Burlesque to Clubs, available online).

Bunyan Webb, NCSU University Archives Photograph Collection

Bunyan Webb, NCSU University Archives Photograph Collection

In another piece, North Carolina State University MLIS student (and archivist-in-training), Marcellaus Joiner, shares the unexpected challenges he confronted  in identifying individuals in performing arts-related images on a digitization project in which he participated and also weighs in on the pros and cons of going the extra mile to provide enhanced access to such images in a MPLP world.

This was the first issue of the newsletter to be distributed exclusively via the official SAA Performing Arts Roundtable listserv.  If you didn’t receive yours by e-mail, please check to see if you are one of the (currently 123!) names listed on the member/participant roster.  If not, please sign up.  It just takes a few seconds and it’s all free!

Image credits: (top) Clara a bravura, Image Z27 from the Hale Scrapbook, Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library

(bottom) Publicity photograph of Bunyan Webb, circa 1967, North Carolina State University Archive Photograph Collection