Collections related to ethnic, indigenous, and folk dance in the Library of Congress are in the custody of the American Folklife Center. These ethnographic research collections are often multi-media, with moving image material and sound recordings. Collections with dance-related materials also include contextual documentation about the cultures represented in a collection. Such collections are not limited to strictly dance and often cover dance as part of larger cultural studies.
Collections in the American Folklife Center document dance practices in many cultures and countries, including Native American traditions, Africa, Asia, the Carribean, Europe, Scandinavia, and South America. Contact the American Folklife Center with reference questions regarding dance materials in their collections.