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It’s official! Special Collections and Archives at Goucher formally acquired the Chrystelle Trump Bond Dance and Sheet Music Collection (1820-1960). The collection includes over one thousand pieces of American and European dance sheet music, and hundreds of dance programs, dance instruction manuals, rare books, and various portfolios of prints and periodical literature documenting social and theatrical dance in America since the early 19th century. It also includes the papers of ballerina Lillian Moore (1911-1967), whose dance research files are held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Bond, Professor of Dance at Goucher since 1963, developed the collection to be used as teaching tool documenting the reconstruction of historical dances. She purchased scores that feature instructions accompanied by engraved or lithographed illustrations of steps and formations, and instruction manuals by dancing masters that more fully describe the various dance genres. Many of the illustrated lithographic covers were designed and printed by the leading artists and printmakers of the day, such as John Henry Bufford and Nathaniel Currier in America, and John Brandard in England.

As this is the second largest collection named in the CLIR grant, processing has commenced in earnest.