Lawton Harris Collection (Stockton Folk Dance Camp) Public collection
Carson-Brierly Dance Library Public collection
Marvin E. Moehle “Balkan Legacy” Private collection
Loui Tucker’s Israeli Dance Archives Private collection
Gordon Tracie Music Library at Nordic Heritage Museum. Public collection
New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music & Dance Public collection
Folk Dance Federation of California Public Collection
Personal Archives of Leslie Hyll and Ed Cordray Private collection
Kentucky Dance Foundation Public collection
Society of Folk Dance Historians Private collection housed in San Antonio. TX
Brigham Young University Public collection
Miami Valley Folk Dancers Private collection
UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive Public collection.
Square Dance Foundation of New England Private collection
Personal Archives of George Fogg (in process)
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LAWTON HARRIS COLLECTION OF FOLK DANCER MATERIALS:

Location: University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, California 95211
Phone: (209) 946-3289
Library Contact: Cindy Jackson – cjackson1@pacific.edu
Dancer Contact: Bruce Mitchell – dancebruce@aol.com
Web site: None for the U.O.P. Library. Use the Stockton Folk Dance Camp web site at www.folkdancecamp.org
501(c)3 Site: Yes

Materials in Collection:
Print: Books, magazines, dance descriptions and sheet music, some of which have been scanned and are available on the Stockton Folk Dance Camp website www.folkdancecamp.org.
Audio: Music digitized from 10” records, 7” records, LPs, and cassette tapes.
Visual: All original VHS tapes have been converted to DVD. Material introduced at Stockton Folk Dance Camp are now only available on DVD.
Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • All books and magazines have been cataloged and are available in both a binder and hard drive.
• All of the music and dance descriptions are in a card catalog.
• A 65+year index is available for all of the dances taught at Stockton Folk dance in both print format and disc.
Digitized:
• All of the music for the dances taught at the Stockton Folk Dance Camp have been put on CDs starting with 1969.
• The 7” records (4,500) have been digitized and are on CDs
• The LPs (1,500) have been digitized and are on CDs..
• The dance instructions in the library have been scanned and are available on CDs.
Availability of Materials:
• The collection is available for research during regular library hours.  The hours are extended during Folk Dance Camp.
• The syllabi for Stockton Folk Dance Camp are on line. Use the Stockton Folk Dance Camp website at www.folkdancecamp.org, under the Research tab.
•  Note:  The VHS tapes/DVDs may be viewed at the library but may not be copied as agreed upon with the teachers and Folk Dance Camp.
Brochure:
•  There is no brochure at this time outlining the materials in the library.
Donations:
•  Donations are being accepted.  Contact Bruce Mitchell (e-mail listedabove).
Additional Notes:  This collection is unique due to the yearly Stockton Folk Dance Camp’s taking place at the university. The music, dance descriptions, and VHS/DVD formats are all available for the dances presented since 1972 (with the exception of 1975 for the VHS).  Key contributors to the collection have been Lawton Harris, Lucille Czarnowski, Bill & Eve Landstra, Ruth Ruling, Dorothy Tamburini, and Bev Wilder.

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CARSON-BRIERLY DANCE LIBRARY

Location: University of Denver, Penrose Library, Department of Special Collections and Archives located at 2150 E. Evans, Denver, CO 80208
Phone: (303) 871-3428
Library Contact: Steve Fisher sfisher@du.edu
Dancer Contact: Martin Leuthauser, Collections Curator, mleuthau@du.edu
Web site: www.penrose.du.edu
[Penrose website (actual informational website for dance library with some finding aids are at: http://www.penrose.du.edu/About/collections/SpecialCollections/dance.cfm)
501(c)3 Site: No. Note: donations are exempt under University of Denver non-profit status.

Materials in Collection:
Print: 7000 catalogued books; 100 magazine titles; dance descriptions; limited sheet music, photographs, and souvenir posters and programs.
Audio: 10” records, 7” records, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes and CDs.
Visual: VHS tapes and DVDs. Limited reel-to-reel

Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • Book and magazines are catalogued.
     • Dance description in booklets are catalogued; loose sheets are not.
     •
Audio recordings are being catalogued at this time.
     • Visual recordings are catalogued and on-line.
Digitized:
     • The catalog information for the books and magazines is digitized and on-line. It can be found through the PEAK catalog at the University of Denver ’s Penrose Library at www.penrose.du.edu
     • Funding is being sought to digitize audio records.
     • Dance descriptions in books are catalogue and digitized; loose sheets have not been digitized.
Availability of Materials:
     • The collection is available for research during regular library hours (access hours for special collections and archives are shorter than regular library hours).
     • Some items available for viewing on-line (photographs, souvenir programs, posters, etc.
Brochure:
     • There is a brochure outlining the collection.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted.
Additional Notes: Received a few years ago the Lloyd Shaw Foundation Archives and Collection: books, magazines, recordings, memorabilia – estimated 82,000 items. Duplicates weeded out, remainder in the process of being catalogued and integrated. Other key contributors have been May Fraley, Vyts Beliajus and DeWayne Young.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBRARY OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

Location: University of New Hampshire Library, Milne Special Collections, 18 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2714
Library Contact: William Ross, Dept. Head   library.special.collections@unh.edu
Dancer Contact: Roland Goodbody   roland.goodbody@unh.edu
Web sitewww.izaak.unh.edu/nhltmd/
501(c)3 Site: No. Note: Donations are exempt under University of New Hampshire non-profit status.

Materials in Collection:
Print: 3500 catalogued books; magazines include Let’s Dance, American Dance Circle, English Dance and Song, Morris Matters, Northern Junket, American Squares, Viltis and many, many more; dance descriptions and sheet music.
Audio: 10” records, 7” records, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes and CDs.
Visual: Reel-to-reel VHS tapes and DVDs.

Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • Books and magazines are catalogued
     • Dance description are not catalogued.
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Audio recordings are catalogued.
     • Visual recordings are not catalogued at this time, but there are plans to do so.
     • Sheet music has not been catalogued. They are listed on-line as components of various individual manuscript collections or archives
Digitized:
     • The catalog information for the books and magazines has been digitized. It can be found through the library OPAC (http://library.unh.edu). Keywords “Ralph Page,” “Ted Sannella,” “Country Dance and Song Society,” and “New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance.” The entire collection of Northern Junket magazine produced by Ralph Page is now available online (http://www.izaak.unh.edu/dlp/NorthernJunket/pages/index.htm).
     • Dance descriptions are listed online as part of the finding aids to individual dance and music collections.
     • The audio recordings catalog is digitized, but the music has not been digitized.
     • The visual recordings have not been digitized.

Availability of Materials:
     • The collection is available during normal library hours (M-F 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; when school is in session Saturday 12:00-4:00 PM) Potential researchers should contact the staff prior to visiting so materials can be retrieved prior to the visit whenever possible.
Brochure:
     • Yes, there is a brochure outlining the collection.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted. However, it helps if (1) some initial sorting and organization is done by the donor; and (2) funds for processing are dedicated for the project when donated. Key contributors to the collection have been Ralph Page, Ted Sannella, Dudley Laufman, The Country Dance & Song Society Collection and others.

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KENTUCKY DANCE FOUNDATION

Location: The Archives of the Michael Herman Inventory and all the Folk Dancer label is located at The Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Rd. Brandenburg, KY 40108
Phone: 1-800-446-1209 or 270-422-3655
Library Contact:
 Stew Shacklette, President of the “Kentucky Dance Foundation”, fdrc@aol.com
Website:
 www.folkdancer.org
501(c)3 site:
 Yes.

Materials In Collection:

Audio: Over 130 phonograph records including 12″, 10″, 78s, 45s, LPs. We have all of the Michael Herman Personal Library and all of the Folk Dancer records he recorded. All that we have copy rights for have been recorded in to the computer and we have 64 CDs of the FOLK DANCER MUSIC. The Kentucky Dance Foundation is a nonprofit organization for the preservation of all the Folk Dance Music for future generations.

FOLK DANCE FEDERATION OF CALIFORNIA (NORTH) – Public Collection

Location: San Francisco Bay Area.
Phone: 1-408-287-9999
Library Contact:
 Loui Tucker, Website/Archives Manager, loui@louitucker.com
Website:
 www.folkdance.com
501(c)3 site:
 Yes.

Materials In Collection: Primary on-line focus is Let’s Dance! magazine as well as dance descriptions that were published in Let’s Dance! magazine. Physical archives include historical scrapbooks, large historical posters, folk dance calendars, and a growing collection of folk dance-related books.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Location: Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, 4425 HBLL, Provo, UT 84602
Phone: (801) 422-6119
Library Contact: David A. Day, Curator of Music Special Collections david_day@byu.edu

NoteNo other information is available. The NFO visited the site in March, 2007. The facility is modern and they have a very large collection with plenty of help to process materials. David Day contacted NFO members to say they cannot accept any additional donations at this time.

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ARCHIVES OF LESLIE HYLL & ED CORDRAY – Private Collection

Location: 4811 Arcadia Blvd., Dayton, OH 45432
Phone: (937) 252-0638
Contact: Leslie Hyll   leslie.hyll@daytonfolkdance.com
Web sitewww.daytonfolkdance.com
501(c)3 Site: Not applicable

Materials in Collection:
Print: Books, magazine, dance descriptions, sheet music.
Audio: 10” records, 7” records, LPs, and reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes and CDs. Over 15,000 tunes have been catalogued and digitized.
Visual: VHS tapes (digitized) and DVDs.
Costumes: Many costumes as well as ethnic costume books.
Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • Books are partially catalogued
     • Magazines are not catalogued
     • Some dance descriptions are catalogued
     • Audio recordings are catalogued
     • Visual instructional recordings are catalogued.
     • Costumes have been catalogued.
Digitized:
     • Books list is available in a database; magazines have not been processed.
     • Audio recordings have been digitized
     • VHS videos has been digitized.
     • Dance descriptions have been processed.
Availability of Materials:
     • Not available for on-site research, but staff will respond to requests for information as time allows.
Brochure:
     • No.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted, especially interested in materials relating to the history of recreational dance in Dayton, Ohio, and the history of the Miami Valley Folk Dancers.
Additional Notes:
     • Recreational folkdancers for over 40 years. Lead dance American and ethnic dance programs for both experienced and non-dancers. Have performed and choreographed for amateur ethnic performing groups.
     • Responsible for storing the 300 records for the Miami Valley Folk Dancers, 1000 records for Stan Isaacs, as well as a personal collection.
     • Video collection includes dance workshops, amateur performing groups, commercial folk dance videos, etc.

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LOUI TUCKER’S ISRAELI DANCE ARCHIVES – Private Collection

Location: 153 Race Street, San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 287-9999
Contact: Loui Tucker loui@louitucker.com
Web sitewww.louitucker.com
501(c)3 Site: Not applicable.

Materials in Collection:
Audio: 3500+ titles in either mp3 or wav format available immediately. Music for a specific individual dance can be made available upon request. Israeli emphasis, but large collection of international folk dance music also.
Visual: Over 250 VHS tapes recently converted to DVD, plus 100+ original DVDs
Dance descriptions: Notations for 3000+ Israeli dances; also a large collection of international folk dance descriptions

Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • One master database of dance titles can be sorted by name, date of creation, choreographer, type (partner, non-partner), and whether video, dance notations or music exists for the dance title.
Digitized:
     • All original LPs, cassette tapes and CDs still available. As noted above, over 3500 are available in mp3 and/or wav format.
• All VHS tapes were recently converted to DVD.
• All written dance descriptions have been scanned and can be emailed upon request.

Availability of Materials:
     • Available on -site for research, by appointment only. Email contact recommended. Music, video clips, and dance descriptions can be emailed upon request if quantity is limited..
Brochure:
     • No brochure.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted of Israeli dance materials only.

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MARVIN E. MOEHLE “Balkan Legacy” – Private Collection

Location: 2 Miami Ct., Granite City, IL 62040-4113
Phone: (618) 452-0255
Contact: Marvin Moehle smurdesh@hotmail.com
Web site: None
501(c)3 Site: Not applicable.

Materials in Collection:
Print: Approx. 1000 books, some in languages other than English; magazines include Let’s Dance, Folk Dance Scene, Makedonski Folklor (in Macedonian), Bulgarski Folklor (in Bulgarian); dance descriptions, sheet music, flyers, posters, letters, and pictures.
Audio: 10” records, 7” records, 78s, LPs, field recordings, cassette tapes and CDs.
Visual: VHS tapes, DVDs, and reel-to-reel movies.
Costumes: Several hundred costumes from all parts of the world, specializing in costumes from Eastern Europe.

Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • Only the magazines and costumes are catalogued. Materials have not been digitized.
Availability of Materials:
     • Available on site for research, by appointment only. There is no website and no on-line catalog.
Brochure:
     • Yes, there is a brochure, but it is outdated. A new brochure is in the process of being produced.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted, with specific emphasis on costumes, books and artifacts.
Additional Notes:
     • Many of the audio tapes are field recordings and interviews about dance, folklore rituals, and village life in Eastern Europe, and immigrant life in the U.S. and Canada.
     • Movies include sound and silent film from 1930s to present day, including festivals, dances, parties, and other events.

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MIAMI VALLEY FOLK DANCERS – Private Collection

Location: Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkeley Street, Kettering, OH 45409
Phone: (937) 252-0638
Contact: Leslie Hyll   leslie.hyll@daytonfolkdance.com
Web sitehttp://www.daytonfolkdance.com/mvfd/history/archive.html
501(c)3 Site: No

Materials in Collection:
Print: Dance descriptions, syllabi, organizational records (meeting minutes, flyers, newsletters, etc.)
Audio: 10” records, 7” records, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes and CDs. Approximatley 300 records, 2500 tunes.
Visual: VHS tapes, DVDs (recordings of various workshops sponsored by the Miami Valley Folk Dancers)

Collection Organization:
Cataloged/Digitized:
     • All items in collection have been catalogued, except some visual records (in process)
     • All audio recordings have been digitized.
     • Some visual recordings have been digitized.
Availability of Materials:
     • Organizational records are now available on-line for research, as is a club time-line, syllabus index, some dance instructions, some photos, recent data on dance programs and teaching along with metrics.  Well over 1000 files of historical club information.
     • Digitized audio recordings available on-line with permission only.
     • MVFD Syllabus Collection available on-line with permission only.
     • Inquire about availability of non-digitized materials.
Brochure:
     • The MVFD Syllabus Collection is outlined on the website in addition to the index.
Donations:
     • Donations relating to the history of the Miami Valley Folk Dancers are accepted.
Additional Notes:
     • Recreational folk dance club established 1952.
     • Titled the “MVFD Syllabus Collection” — 77 workshop syllabi (over 1100 dances) from over 50 years of club-sponsored workshops have been scanned, OCRed, indexed, and reproduced to look like the original syllabi, but in a digital format — all on one CD. Fully searchable text. For sale by club for $20.

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SQUARE DANCE FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND – Private Collection

Location: Archive Center, 250 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH (Second floor of the Waumbec Mill building)
Phone: (603) 623-2692
Contact: Dick & Judy Severance, Archive Director, 105 Oak Hill Ave., Manchester, NH 03104-4457 [Tele: 603-623-2692]; Anna Dixon, 238 Woburn St., Reading, MA 01867 [Tele:781-944-4416]
Web sitesdfne.org/ArchiveCenter
501(c)3 Site: Yes (non-profit educational center)

Materials in Collection:
Print: Books, magazines, instruction manuals, newsletters, organization publications
Audio: Square and Round Dance music albums and records in 33’s. 45’s, and78’s. Long play CD’s, discs, stereos, videos and tapes, reel to reel,old public address systems, record players, microphones and related items
Visual: Scrap books, art & other hand work, manuscripts, newspaper articles, letters, photographs, albums, slides,club banners, dangles, badges, memorabilia, promotional items, display boards depicting the history of the square dance activity.
Awards and Recognition: Hall of Fame, Local Legend, Caller/Cuer/Leaders Interviews.
Costumes: Official New England Square and Round Dance Costumes, vintage clothing items, hand made items

Collection Organization:
Cataloged/Digitized: Books, magazines, banners, and music record collection have been cataloged with ongoing process for new donations.  some audio tape recordings, photographs, display boards, badges, instruction manuals have been or are in the process of being digitized and preserved on disc

Availability of Materials:
     • The entire collection is available for on-site research by appointment. We are open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday and 2nd and 4th Wednesday during the dance season
Brochure: Availble upon request.
Donations:
     • Of volunteer time, operational funds and square and round dance collectible items
Additional Notes:
     • On line library of interviews with various dance leaders (square, round, traditional) many of whom were active in the 40’s and 50’s when folk dancing and square dancing were a part of America’s social dance scene. Their biographies reflect the historic evolution into today’s modern square dance. Dance music and calls can also be listened to.  The archive section posts a new historical article monthly.

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SOCIETY OF FOLK DANCE HISTORIANS – Private Collection

Location: 2100 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78705-5513
Contact: Ron Houston   SFDHist@gmail.com
Websitewww.freewebs.com/folk
501(c)3 Site: Yes

Materials in Collection:
Print: 2200 books, hundreds of magazine titles, including Let’s Dance, Viltis, American Squares, Ontario Folk Dance, Rosin the Bow, Northern Junket, Country Dance & Song; dance descriptions; sheet music.
Audio: 10” records, 7” records, LPs, and reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes and CDs.
Visual: VHS tapes, DVDs, reel-to-reel movies
Costumes: Some costumes and similar artifacts.
Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • Books and magazines are catalogued.
     • Dance descriptions and sheet music are arranged alphabetically and are cross-indexed and are not catalogued.
• 
Audio records are catalogued.
     • Visual items are not catalogued.
Digitized:
     • Books, magazines, and audio records are catalog and the catalog digitized and should be on-line by May 2007. Staff continues its work in this direction.
Availability of Materials:
     • Available for research on-site by prior arrangement.
Brochure:
     • No.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted
Additional Notes:
     • Many partial and complete sets of periodicals; some runs are incomplete.
     • Archives are processed, at this time, to the creator level, although finding aids have not been established beyond alphabetical storage. Many of the creator-level groups have been processed one or two levels further.

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UCLA ETHNOMUSICOLOGY ARCHIVE – Public Collection

Location: 1630 Schoenberg Music Building, Los Angeles California
Contact: 310.825.1695 or archive@arts.ucla.edu (Prof. Anthony Seeger, Director)
Websitewww.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/archive/
501(c)3 Site: Yes

Materials in Collection:
Print: Slides/photos, scores, books, PhD. dissertations and MA theses, linear feet of manuscripts and field notes, and serial titles.
Audio/Visual: Over 100,000 sound and audiovisual recordings including reel-to-reel tapes, 12″ LP records, 78rpm records, compact discs, analog audio tape cassettes, 7″ 45rpm records, wire recordings, digital audio tape cassettes, and a small collection of wax cylinders used for demonstration purposes.
Collection Organization:
Cataloged:
     • Books and magazines are catalogued.
     • Dance descriptions and sheet music are arranged alphabetically and are cross-indexed and are not catalogued.
• 
Audio records are catalogued.
     • Visual items are not catalogued.
Digitized:

Availability of Materials:
     • Available for research on-site by schedule available on website or by prior arrangement. 310.825.1695
Brochure:
     • No.
Donations:
     • Donations are being accepted
Additional Notes:
     • Among the largest ethnographic sound recording archives in North America; collections include non-commercial field recordings and commercially produced recordings of traditional, folk, popular, and art music from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas in a variety of audiovisual formats; contains listening and viewing facilities.

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