Dance Heritage Coalition Launches New Site for Researchers
Dance Heritage Coalition has created a subject-specific website where researchers can search more than 500 special collections at multiple libraries to find dance-related materials.
Much primary-source material documenting dance practices and performance is hidden away in special collections at research libraries. “Special collections” tend to be housed separately from circulating materials, and are often a discrete set of personal papers and other records donated by an individual or organizations. When a library organizes one of its special collections, it creates a “finding aid,” the term used for the descriptive index issued to help researchers discover the kind and scope of items within that special collection.
Dance Heritage Coalition accepts finding aids from any library, archives, or museum that holds dance-related collections and adds them to its searchable database of finding aids. By bringing all the aids into compliance with nationally adopted standards of encoded archival description (EAD), DHC makes it possible for researchers to search the 500+ finding aids from more than a dozen different sources through a single portal.