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Dance Research at the Library of Congress

PN: Literature (General)

Wallis & Son. Grown Ladies and Gentlemen taught to dance!! 1800. British Cartoon Prints Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

The letter "P" precedes call numbers of library materials related to the subject of Literature. Class P contains 19 subclasses for more specific subject areas. The subclass most useful to dance researchers is Subclass PN: Literature (General). Subclass PN includes books on the performing arts, production, and theater. Users are encouraged to explore Class P in its entirety [PDF}.

Readers use these general collections resources in the Main Reading Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building. For more information, visit the Library's Researchers page.

Select reference materials in Subclass PN are available in the Performing Arts Reading Room.


  • PN2085.G5 2013. Gillette, J. Michael. Theatrical Design and Production: an introduction to scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. 7th edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2013.
  • PN2091.E4 O94 1991. Owen, Bobbi. Lighting Design on Broadway: designers and their credits, 1915-1990. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
  • PN3203.D3 1915. Davol, Ralph. A Handbook of American Pageantry. Taunton, MA: Davol Publishing Company, 1914.