Hidden Collections
  • 7 archives and Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) partnered to process seminal dance collections that are the Foundations of Dance Research.
  • Arizona State University
    Dance Notation Bureau
    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
    Library of Congress
    Museum of Performance & Design
    The Ohio State University
    UCLA Library
  • DHC fellowships support the project by processing collections and facilitating the discovery of hidden materials
Finding Aids
  • Search finding aids created in the CLIR Hidden Collections processing project Foundations of Dance Research, as well as other dance-related finding aids, in Dance Heritage Coalition's aggregated database. Site currently under construction as platform and search engine is updated. http://findingaids.danceheritage.org/
Next Steps
  • -planned activities with holders of Denishawn materials to mark the Denishawn centenary
  • -reviews by scholars of importance of the collections of the CLIR Hidden Collections project
  • -identifying additional hidden collections


  • 1981 ICKL conference, courtesy of Dance Notation Bureau
  • Rachael Riggs Leyva and Tara Davis at Ohio State University
  • San Francisco Ballet Records, courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design
  • Michael Smuin and Paula Tracy, courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design
  • The Collections

    A list of our partners on this project and links to their respective finding aids.

    Pictured: Muriel Topaz, former executive director of the DNB, notated two dancers at the 1984 Balanchine Notation Project press release. From the DNB Photograph Collection, photographer unknown. Courtesy of the Dance Notation Bureau.

  • Discovered Gems

    View images of major discoveries from archival dance collections processed in the Foundations of Dance Research project.

    Pictured: Ernest Belcher's megaphone and photographs displayed in temporary exhibit from the Marge Champion collection. Photograph by Nicole Topich. Courtesy of the Music Division of the Library of Congress.

  • Scholar/Artist Impact

    How have scholars and artists used newly processed archival collections for research or the creation of artistic works?

    Pictured: Lionel Popkin in Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore photo by Brian Mengini.

Findings from the Fellows

Processing the DNB History Files: An Adventure in Organizing

Wegmann, Mary. Library News vol. 7: no. 2, February 2013, pp. 3-4. Article by Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow Mary Wegmann about the process of making the DNB History collection accessible. Illustrated.

Dance Heritage Coalition Archive Fellow @ OSU

Riggs Leyva, Rachael M. Blog covering June to August 2012 processing of OSU Hidden Collections.

This project was funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Hidden Collections program administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Image captions for top banner:

1. Els Grelinger, Ilene Fox, Lisa Ullman, Ann Hutchinson Guest, and Muriel Topaz discussed Labanotation theory at the 1981 International Council of Kinetography Laban Conference from the DNB Photograph Collection. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of the Dance Notation Bureau.

2. DHC Fellows Rachael Riggs Leyva and Tara Davis with materials from the Dalcroze School of Music Collection at Ohio State University

3. Posters and photographs from the San Francisco Ballet Records. Photograph by Supriya Wronkiewicz. Courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design

4. Image of Michael Smuin and Paula Tracy from the Michael Smuin Family Papers. Photograph by Maurice Seymour. Courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design