An alliane of major dance collections, formed to document and preserve America's dance.
Dance Heritage Coalition

Choreographing Your Search

What can be learned here?

How are archives and research collections different from other libraries?
  • Fragile and handwritten documents require careful handling.

  • Expect the research to go slowly; learn the organization of the collection first.

  • Expect to learn from the arrangement of the materials, as well as their content.

  • Be prepared for several visits to gather all desired information.

  • Be prepared to take notes when photocopying is not allowed.

  • Be prepared for languages other than English.

  • Each institution has rules and regulations for research.

  • Each institution may catalog materials differently.

  • Some collections within the institution may not yet be cataloged.

  • Sometimes access to particular collections is restricted for legal or other reasons.