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American Women: Resources from the Performing Arts Collections

Online Resources

These highlighted resources are available online from the Library of Congress and include additional research guides, online exhibitions, blog posts written by performing arts specialists, and webcasts of performances at the Library.

Related Research Guides

The Music Division has published the following research guides on American women composers well represented in the Library's collections:

Online Exhibitions

The Library of Congress presents public exhibitions of its unique materials both onsite and electronically through the website.  The online exhibitions below are grouped thematically and highlight the work of American women performing artists.

In the Muse Blog Posts

In the Muse, a Library of Congress blog maintained by the Music Division, showcases and advertises our rich collections and public programs. Explore blog posts in the following categories to discover fascinating stories about:

Performing Arts Webcasts

In 1925 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge established the Coolidge Foundation and built at the Library of Congress an intimate, finely-tuned auditorium that bears her name. Since the auditorium's opening, world-class artists have appeared on its stage in free public concerts, many of which are broadcast on radio and, today, via the Library's events videos and YouTube channel External. The following lists provide a sample of performances, interviews, and lectures sponsored by the Library that feature and highlight women in the performing arts.