Archives and Special Collections
The archives of the RAD include past copies of exam syllabi, minutes of committee meetings, prospectuses, course brochures and annual reports alongside various documents, papers and photographs.
Relating to events and activities throughout the organisation’s over 100-year history, these are housed alongside the significant, personal collections of Dame Adeline Genée, Phyllis Bedells and Philip Richardson.
Other collections include the GBL Wilson photographic archive and memorabilia relating to artists such as Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, and Margot Fonteyn.
Special collections include materials such as:
The library houses a number of rare and antiquarian dance books, many of which were bequeathed to the RAD by Philip Richardson following his death…Read more
Manuscripts and transcripts
Manuscripts can be found among many of the special collections and archives in the library. These include several by Ivor Guest as well as the…Read more
Notebooks and scrapbooks
Notebooks are varied and range from the teaching notes of legendary RAD teachers to the writings and scrapbooks of dancers, choreographers and patrons. Within our…Read more
A number of rare, handwritten music scores can be found among the archives and special collections. These include several by Dora Bright in the Adeline…Read more
Programmes and souvenir brochures
The Adeline Genée archive includes programmes from performances at London's Empire Theatre at the turn of the 20th century, while Philip Richardson collected programmes from…Read more
In addition to the GBL Wilson photographic archive, the library's collections include personal, publicity and performance photos of artists such as Adeline Genée, Phyllis Bedells,…Read more
The Adeline Genée archive includes a large number of costume designs by C. Wilhelm for ballets produced at the Empire Theatre such as Old China…Read more
Artworks and artefacts
The RAD has a large number of pictures and objets d'art relating to RAD or British ballet, some of which are on display at headquarters.…Read more
It's a measure of the pace of technological change that comparatively recent archive materials now pose challenges in trying to retrieve their secrets.Read more