Les Convergences entre passé et futur dans les collections des arts du spectacle- Connecting Points: Performing Arts Collections Uniting Past and Future
Congrès de Munich - Munich Congress
Past, Present, Future – these are permanent connecting points in the work of performing arts collections. It is their crucial commitment to preserve the past, to spread out several activities in the present and to develop strategies for the future. The challenges of performing arts collections are in the middle of these crossroads, which is the theme of the SIBMAS Congress papers presented in this book. The various international contributions are concentrated on the main topics of performing arts collections daily tasks. They were presented and discussed at the SIBMAS Congress in Munich 2010, the first conference in cooperation with the IFTR World Congress, strengthening the relationship between theatre research and performing arts collections.
Theatrical Materials in the Municipal Library of Prague
Marie VALTROVÁ & Helena PINKEROVÁ
Municipal Library of Prague (Czech Republic)
The first public library in Prague opened on the 1st of July 1891 and has, in a sense, continued the activities of society libraries of the second half of the 19th century. The Public Municipal Library of the King’s City of Prague was established on the basis of a municipal ordinance as a library for all citizens of Prague. The Municipal Library was first based on Na Zderaze Street, however in 1903 it was relocated to the corner of Platnérská Street and Mariánské náměstí in the Old City of Prague where the current Central Library building is located. From the beginning, the original Central Library building was inadequate to the needs of the Prague book network. The Municipal Insurance Company of Prague agreed to help the library and provided financial means for a new building – and so, between 1925 and 1928 a new building was designed by Frantisek Roith and constructed on Mariánské náměstí. This was the first purpose-built library building in the Czechoslovak Republic, and at the same time, one of the most modern buildings in Europe, sized to accommodate a wide variety of library, concert, educational and exhibition activities. Extensive, and modern, storage facilities allowed for dynamic growth of the library collection.
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