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Archives for Dance, Music and Theater

Underhill Music & Dance Library

Swarthmore College Performing Arts Archive

Contains digitized sound and video recordings, posters, and programs of student and faculty performances as well as visiting artists' lectures, workshops, and concerts from 1945 to the present. For more information, contact Donna Fournier, Performing Arts Librarian. 

Swarthmore College Music Program Archive

The Libraries hold copies of music majors' senior papers and some dance majors' papers written from 1973 to the present.  A subject index is available.

Swarthmore College Folk Dance Club Recording Collection

Contains commercial recordings (78rpm, 45 rpm, and 33 1/3 rpm sound discs) used by the College's folk dance club for their weekly dances.   

International Center for African Music & Dance

Underhill Library is privileged to be a North American holding library for approximately sixty videos from the ICAMD Pan African Video Collection. The majority of these videos come from field research of village gatherings. The collection also includes the Inaugural Conference of the ICAMD when in 2000 it came under the auspices of the University of Ghana as well as the Dance of our Ancestors Festival held at Swarthmore College in 2005. Additionally, Swarthmore holds chamber music scores and recordings composed by Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia, founding director of the ICAMD.

Underhill Hours & Contacts

Underhill Library is open to Swarthmore College students, faculty and staff. Visitors with research needs may request an appointment.

Reserve the Underhill Seminar Room (langmu 204), Study Rooms (langmu 105, langmu 106, langmu 107) or the Underhill Patio (Buttenweiser Terrace).

Donna Fournier, Performing Arts Librarian
Lang Music Building
Schedule an appointment
Office:  610-328-8231
Service Desk: 610-328-8232