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Dance History Research Resources: Books & Online Catalog

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

Dance materials are concentrated on Reynolds 7, at GV1580-1799.4. This section is divided by history and by types of dance or dancer.  Three examples are:

  • GV1621-1641 - Dancing-History-Americas
  • GV1787 - Theatrical Dancing, Ballet
  • GV1785 G7 - Graham, Martha

Other subject areas to consider are:

  • ML3400+ - Music and Dance
  • RC489 D3 - Dance Therapy
  • TR817.5+ - Dance Photography

Each book record in the online catalog also contains Library of Congress Subject Headings, which can help you locate books on a similar topic. Click on the subject heading in the online catalog to go to a list of books that share that subject heading. Some examples of subject headings include:

  • Dance History
  • Dance United States History
  • Ballet dancing
  • Ballet history
  • Ballet United States
  • Jazz dance
  • Afro Americans Dancing History
  • Afro-American dance
  • Modern dance
  • Modern dance history

The names of individual dances, dancers, choreographers or companies are also included as subject headings:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Flamenco
  • Cunningham, Merce
  • Diaghilev, Serge

Finding Books

Use the Online Catalog to locate books, microforms, films, and other materials in the Reynolds Library.  You can search by keyword, book or dance title, dancer or choreographer, etc...  It may be helpful to truncate your search, for example:

  • choreograph* will find: choreograph, choreographer, choregraphy, etc...
  • danc* will find: dance, dancing, dancers, danced, etc...

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