American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Bibliographies & Bibliographic Databases

Dance Catalog, New York Public Library

Index to Dance Periodicals. Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall & Co., 1990- . Annual.

International Index to the Performing Arts [database]. Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., 1998- .
Overview from the publisher


Biographical Sources & Encyclopedias

Cohen, Selma Jeanne, and others, eds. International Encyclopedia of Dance. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.


Networking: Associations

Society of Dance History Scholars [http://www.sdhs.org/]


Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Dance Heritage Coalition [http://danceheritage.org/index.htm]



Primary Sources: Digital Collections

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1600-1920 [online]. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1998 [cited 11 April 2001]. Available from: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html.
Includes social dance manuals, antidance manuals, and treatises on etiquette.

Free to Dance [online]. [Alexandria, Va.]: PBS, 2001 [cited 4 April 2002]. Available from: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/freetodance/. See in particular the Interview Transcripts.
Companion site to the PBS three-part documentary that showcases the contributions of African Americans to the development of modern dance.

Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923 [online]. New York: The New York Public Library, 2001 [cited 3 March 2002]. Available from: http://digital.nypl.org/lpa/nypl/lpa_home4.html.

Photo Database & Virtual Gallery [online]. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, n.d. [cited 25 February 2002]. Available from: http://catalog.lapl.org/a_photo.html.
A search for folk dancing retrieves photographs that illustrate different cultural traditions. Other possible search terms include "dance," "dance parties," "dance schools," and "ballet."

The Photography Collection [online]. Denver, CO: Denver Public Library, 1995- . Available from: http://www.photoswest.org/.
The 80,000 images in this collection document the history of Colorado and the American West. A keyword search for danc* retrieves over 700 records. Although images of American Indian dances predominate, the database also includes records covering a variety of other dance topics (e.g., dance parties, Mexican American dance, square dancing, may poles).

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress [online]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2004 [cited 28 November 2004]. Available from: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cocoon/ihas/html/dunham/index.html.

Visual Resources Database [online]. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, [1998- ]. Available from: http://www.mnhs.org/library/search/vrdb/bsearch.html.
A keyword search for danc* retrieves over 400 records.

Women of Valor: Anna Sokolow [online]. Brookline, Mass.: Jewish Women's Archive, 2002 [cited 15 March 2002]. Available from: http://www.jwa.org/exhibits/sokolow/.


Talking About Women's History

LaMothe, Kimerer. Dancing Religion: The Technique and Choreography of Martha Graham [Interview online]. In Straight from the Source. Cambridge, Mass.: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, n.d. [cited 1 November 2002]. Available from: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/current/interviews.html.




American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
kmiddlet@frank.mtsu.edu
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132