RepositoryUniversity of Roehampton: Archives and Special Collections
Ref NoMC
Creator NameMonica Collingwood
TitleMonica Collingwood (Surrey, ballet devotee) Collection
Extent0.14 cubic metres (10 boxes)
DescriptionThe collection's content predominately dates from 1930s - 1960s. It comprises of ballet scrapbooks (1930s - c. 1956), concentrating on the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company (1935 - c. 1954) and within especially ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn (c. 1949 - c. 1956). It includes material related to The Red Shoes film production (1948) and photograph albums and prints of ballet performances and dancers (1930s - 1960s). Further the collection consist of numerous performance programmes (1929 - 1991), predominantly ballet and within especially of the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company. The programmes also cover opera, music and theatre, including musicals.
LanguageEnglish, some programmes in French, and partially German and Russian
Administrative History(Kathleen) Monica Collingwood (1913 - 2003) was born in Burma, the eldest of the four children of Stanley Collingwood, a sales representative for Nestland then Pascall's, and his wife, Muriel, née Smalley. By 1916 the family had returned to England and settled in Upper Norwood, South London; in 1933 they moved to Coulsdon, Surrey where Monica continued to live in the same family house in Coulsdon until her death in 2003. During the Second World War, she worked as a driver for the Ministry of Defence. Thereafter she became a carer for various members of her family, including, latterly, her parents. Monica was an avid ballet lover from the age of 7 and frequently attended performances until the late 1970s. She was a keen follower of the lives of many ballet dancers, especially those of the Sadler's Wells Company and Margot Fonteyn in particular. Over the years Monica Collingwood collected many press cuttings and photographs which she compiled in scrapbooks and album, some of which she gave away to members of the wider family. In addition, from approximately the 1950s onwards she built up her own considerable ballet library consisting of books and journals predominantly.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was transferred to the Archives & Special Collections from the Roehampton University Dance Department in November 2009. In 2003 the Dance Department was contacted by the donor’s nephew about the collection of a lifetime of theatre attendance of his recently deceased aunt where it was donated to shortly after. In September 2008 Larraine Nicholas, a Senior Lecturer of the Dance Department contacted the Archives & Special Collections about a transfer of the collection from the Dance Department to the Archives and Special Collections. The records were moved on 16 November 2009.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsTo access material in this collection please contact the archivist to make an appointment.
CopyrightUnrestricted access to all items. Standard copyright regulations apply to the programmes and photographs as well as to the intellectual content of the scrapbooks. For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult archive staff.
Finding Aids
Related MaterialFurther collections relating to dance that are held by Archives and Special Collections at the University of Roehampton include: - The Naseem Khan Collection, containing published books relating to South Asian classical dance that had been collected by Naseem Khan, a writer and former dance critic. See reference code: NK - The Ann Hutchinson Guest Collection, containing records relating to the Language of Dance Centre, London (founded by Ann Hutchinson Guest) and dance notation. See reference code: AHG
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