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 []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Dance Heritage Coalition []

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:
Includes social dance manuals, antidance manuals, and treatises on etiquette.

Free to Dance [online]. [Alexandria, Va.]: PBS, 2001 [cited 4 April 2002]. Available from: 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:

Photo Database & Virtual Gallery [online]. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, n.d. [cited 25 February 2002]. Available from:
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:
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:

Visual Resources Database [online]. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, [1998- ]. Available from:
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:

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:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132