About the Collection

The H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection, named for its donor, includes more than 130 items documenting the work and life of Igor Stravinsky. The Collection includes a signed edition of his ballet Petrushka, an inscribed book of his Poetics of Music, and numerous autographed items. Among the signed items are musical quotations, sketches of Divertimento, sketches for player piano of Les Noces, and an autograph manuscript of Scherzo à la Russe arranged for 2 pianos.

The complete H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection is housed at Rare Books and Special Collections at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

About the Donor

While a student at the University of British Columbia, H. Colin Slim’s life was touched directly by the renowned composer, Igor Stravinsky. Dr. Slim went on to become a prominent musicologist. He also became a knowledgeable and enthusiastic collector of Stravinsky’s letters, scores, and memorabilia.

In 1999, Dr. Slim donated his fascinating and colourful collection to the University of British Columbia, to be housed in the UBC Library. Every period of Stravinsky’s rich and varied life is represented in the collection, the largest of its kind in Canada. UBC Library and the UBC community remain grateful for Dr. Slim’s generous donation.


Explore the H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection

Visit Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library to view items from the collection.

Igor Stravinski conducting

Portrait of Igor Stravinsky conducting, 1962


Caricature of Igor Stravinsky, 2002