Guide to the Christine Helwig Papers, 1980-1997
Collection number: MC 283
(1 box )
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
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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[Identification of item], Christine Helwig Papers, 1980-1997, MC 283, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
- Collection is in original order as received.
|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).