November 25, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Dance

Curated collections of LOC.gov links Collection Spotlight: Katherine Dunham Selections Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham Today in History: George M. Cohan Today in History: Bob Fosse Today in History: Stravinsky & Balanchine Online Exhibitions Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 50 Years Cultural Ambassador to the World American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years Politics and the Dancing Body Serge Diaghilev and His World: A Centennial … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham

Martha Graham bio Martha Graham timeline Martha Graham images Martha Graham correspondence & other documents Martha Graham article clippings & program bills More Martha Graham clippings Martha Graham at the Library streaming webcast Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring streaming webcast Documenting Dance: The Making of Appalachian Spring p. 10 Library of Congress Magazine September/October 2014 More Appalachian Spring primary sources & resources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy the Kid

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History April 28 section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character. Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America's Library Young Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015 The Authentic … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

Today in History: Stravinsky & Balanchine

Today in History–December 1–the Library of Congress features the New York City Ballet premier of Agon, a collaboration between Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine, on this date in 1957. Both Russian émigrés and colleagues from the Paris Ballet Russes, Stravinsky was a top composer of ballet music and Balanchine a leading ballet choreographer. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links to related resources below. A Ballet for Balanchine American Treasures of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bob Fosse

Today in History–June 23–the Library of Congress features renowned choreographer Bob Fosse, born on this day in 1927. It seems Fosse was born into the business since his father worked in vaudeville. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources about Fosse, dance, and vaudeville. Robert "Bob" Fosse Was Born Bob Fosse's Dance notation for Little Me, 1962 Bob Fosse's initial concept for Liza With Z Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon … [Read more...]