Helwig, Christine, Papers, 1980-1997

Collection number: MC 283 [Offsite Storage]
Size: (1 box ) (1 cu.ft.)

About Christine Helwig

Christine Helwig (1913-2009) of Connecticut was an expert on English Country Dance and in particular the dances and music of 17th Century France and England. She helped start several dancing groups including the Country Dancers of Westchester and the New Haven Country Dancers, and was an avid member of many others. She was particularly interested in the work of Andre Lorin (late 1600s) and John Playford (1623-1686/7); and wrote two books and many articles on the people, dances, and historical context of the Lorin and Playford manuscripts. Helwig was a lifetime member of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), and her legacy has been honored with the creation of the Ed and Christine Helwig Fund for dance research and reconstruction.

About the Christine Helwig Papers

Research and correspondence related to the music and dance of 17th century England, France, and North America, particularly the work of Andre Lorin. Studies of specific dances (i.e. Irish Tage, Camptown Races, Valentine), bibliographies, reconstructions, transcriptions, comparisons, and indexes make up the bulk of the material. Some analysis of John Playford, Elias Howe, Raoul Feuillet, Essey, Dezais, and Cantelo are provided. Cantelo’s “American Country Dances” (London, 1785) is included in glass negative form.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Christine Helwig Papers, 1980-1997, MC 283, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information


Collection Arrangement

Collection is in original order as received.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Dance Research, ca. 1980-1997

Folders relating mostly to Lorin, including “People of Lorin”, “Dance Step Notations”, “Chelsea English Country Dancers”, “Lorin Research Proposals”, “Playford Version Comparisons”, etc. One box of glass negatives contains a full copy of Cantelo’s American Country Dances (London, 1785).

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Christine Helwig


Manuscripts & Typescripts