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During my last week at the Library of Congress, we presented an exhibit of recent acquisitions to the dance collections. It was really great to show and explain the materials to a wider audience. I have included a few photos of it below:

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

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There are also many manuscript musical scores in the collection from Marge and Gower’s early career. I have included some images of the scores, along with pictures of the three giant scrapbooks in the collection, a few artsy items, and a 3D image of Marge and Gower.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

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Before Gower and Marge were together, Gower danced with Jeanne Tyler beginning at age 15. This partnership did not continue after World War II, but there are a few photographs of Gower with Jeanne in the Marge Champion collection, along with his war rations book and passport.
According to ‘Let’s Dance with Marge and Gower Champion’, the photograph below was the first that Gower gave to Marge; he was thirteen years old.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

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Another focus of Gower Champion’s scrapbooks is Bye Bye Birdie, one of the first musicals he directed and choreographed.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

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The Marge Champion Collection also contains extensive material from Gower Champion, including many scrapbooks related to his Broadway productions.  I have included a few photographs of the scrapbooks, including Gower’s meticulous notes and a telegram from Carol Channing.

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All images reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

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Here are most of the posters included in the Marge Champion collection:

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Here is a sample of the many lovely photographs of Marge and Gower in the collection:

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All photographs reproduced by Nicole Topich from the Marge Champion Collection at the Library of Congress Performing Arts Division.

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