December 1, 2020

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 Library collections An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev Bronislava Nijinska Collection … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham

Martha Graham at the Library of Congress 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 … [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 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 Life of … [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. Introducing Students to Poetry through the Work of Emily Dickinson Teacher's Corner From the Catbird … [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: Cowboys & Fall Roundup Time

Today in History–October 7–the Library of Congress features cowboys, or buckaroos, and fall roundup time. On this day in 1979 the Ninety-Six Ranch in Nevada completed its fall roundup and trail drive. Learn more about this roundup in the Today in History section then click the links below to access all sorts of cowboy stories and primary sources. Cowboy stories Buckaroos Nevada’s Buckaroos Cowboy poetry Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora Cheyenne Frontier Days … [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 Pic of the Week: Life Is a Cabaret Edition In the Muse June 23, 2011 Bob Fosse's Dance notation for Little Me, … [Read more...]