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In addition to donating the bronze boar, Porcellino, to the Descartes Foundation at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Henry Crapo, a former faculty member in the Department of Pure Mathematics, donated a collection of rare and unique items relating to the history of dance.

Since Dr. Crapo's initial donation in 1975, the Library has augmented the collection through the antiquarian book market and has been able to add numerous titles complementary to those in the original Crapo Collection. 

The Dance Collection is now one of the major collections housed in the Special Collections department. It contains some of the most important, but scarce items relating to the history of dance and ballet; its chronological range, from 1535 to the mid-twentieth century, offers Canadian scholars a unique resource for research. It contains many books which are not available elsewhere in Canada, and a number of items not available elsewhere in North America.

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Special Collections & Archives now has limited access to the rare book and archival collections. Please continue to contact us with your research requests but note that there will be a delay in resolving your inquiry. Note that the department remains closed and our materials are not available in person and the Reading Room is closed until further notice.

A selection of items is browsable via the Waterloo Digital Library. We also have over 140,000 items digitized—one might be what you’re looking for.

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