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Dance Research Guide

Your guide to Dance resources in the UMD Libraries!

Dance Collections at UM

Special Collections in Peforming Arts, part of the Michelle Smith Prerforming Arts Library, manages collections on Maryland/DC-region dance companies and dancers. See the list below for some of the collections available to researchers:

Dance Collections - Other Institutions

Dance Research at the Library of Congress:

Most archival material related to dance is available from the Music Division in the Performing Arts Reading Room. However, many valuable dance resources are also available throughout the Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs DivisionManuscript DivisionRare Book and Special Collections DivisionAmerican Folklife Center, and in the general collections. Because of the many locations in the Library of Congress for dance research materials, this guide is organized by resource type.

Besides NYPL, many other institutions hold dance collections.

Listed here a just a few.

NYPL Jerome Robbins Dance Division

As a student of dance, you MUST learn about the dance collections at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts!

This helpful video was created by a Library Science student as part of a class project -- it gives a great overview of the Dance Division and the resources available!

For more info, visit the Jerome Robbins Dance Division website: