Scope and arrangement
This collection documents the professional life of Don Oscar Becque, with an emphasis on his teaching career. The majority of the collection consists of Becque's writings, which include drafts and extensive notes for book projects, essays, course development and individual lessons relating to his work in body mechanics. Two folders contain press clippings of his published articles, "The Dance" and "Growth Through the Ages." The remaining writings are early drafts and notes whose original folder titles have been retained; when necessary, folder titles have been supplied using the draft titles.
Becque's research materials consist of annotated press clippings and notes grouped topically. For example, the folder titled "Laban, Rudolf, and Juana de Laban" consists of various articles by and about the Labans, as well as Becque's notes. The collection also contains correspondence, primarily regarding interviews from the 1980s and letters of commendation; publicity materials; résumés; photographs; and a small amount of personal material.
Additional photographs, press clippings, and an interview with Becque can be found by conducting a subject search for "Becque, Don Oscar" in the catalog (www.nypl.org/catalog).
Alphabetical by subject.