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BOOKS: Over 1285 books describing the many different dance styles, including Folk Dance, Eastern Square Dance aka Traditional, Modern American Western Square Dance, Round dance, and Line Dance, make up the nucleus of the library.
MAGAZINES: 6780 National and State Folk, Traditional, and Modern Square Dance publications are on file. It is the most complete collection in existence.
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS: Historical print material records past and current dance programs. Includes promotions to help communities and health research organizations; public service awards to individuals; and other notable events.
MUSIC RECORDS: 30,000 square and round dance records (in sizes 78 – 45 – 33 1/3 rpm), and vintage albums are on display.
VIDEOS & CD’S: Present both a visual and audio history of Dance festivals, Dance Camps, Dance Conventions, Square Dance Fashion Shows, and Special Dances.
SOUND EQUIPMENT:    Vintage square dance caller equipment from a megaphone to the highly specialized electronic microphones and sound systems.
DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY: Choreography notebooks, square dance caller schools syllabi, and innovative modern choreography are abundant.
PHOTOS: An extensive collection features Callers, Cuers, Dance Leaders, and Clubs from all the New England States.
ARTWORK: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Lithographs, sculpture, felt banners, fabric banners, needlework (all pertaining to dance) augment the collections.
DANCE COSTUMES: A vintage collection (1940’s – 1950’s) and a current dance costume collection (1960’s – 2011) for men, women, teens and children is the most extensive or any known in the U.S.A. Many New England dancers made their own dance costumes. Others purchased their dance costumes from dance clothing manufacturers in different states. There is a collection of square dance patterns for those knowledgeable in the art of sewing.
DANCE ACCESSORIES: (1940’S – 2011) The changing styles for both men & women through the decades were accompanied by different dance accessories. Dance conventions and dance celebrations have their own unique accessories.
HISTORICAL DISPLAY BOARDS: This is a time line tracing the most complete history of the square dance historical evolution.
New England Square & Round Dance Convention materials from 1959 to 2010, 51 years.
New England Square & Round Dance Convention banners from 1977 to 2012.
Club Traveling banners from 350 clubs.
Photo/scrapbooks from 168 clubs.


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We welcome the donation of any dance related collectible item from any source. All such donations are acknowledged in writing. The Library/Museum Committee has full control and authority over the collection. The Committee is responsible for the organization, display, record keeping, disposition, and storage of materials.





1.  Allen's Homestead, Shrewsbury, MA

2.  Bardens Barn (1957), Lebanon, NH - Neil & Isabel Barden first introduced camping-dancing in New England.

3.  Bay Path Barn (1955), Boylston, MA

4.  Canoe Club, W. Bridgewater, MA

5.  The COOP, Spencer, MA

6.  East Hill Farm, Troy, NH

7.  Happy Acres, Alton, ME

8.  Hayloft Barn, Chester, NH

9.  The Hayloft, Brookfield, MA

10. Johnson's Barn, N. Rehoboth, MA

11. Kramers Hayloft, S. Weymouth, MA - Staff callers & cuers and local clubs taught thousands of people to dance.   Classes and dances occurred every day and night of the week.  It became the home of the Square Dance Foundation of New England.

12. Lake Shore Farm, Northwood, NH

13. McColl's Barn, RI

14. Merry Barn, Newcastle-Boothbay, Newton, NH

15. P.N.A. Pavilion, Millbury, MA - Largest dance floor, 60 squares.

16. Ploof's Barn, W. Brookfield, MA

17. Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT

18. Papoose Pond, N. Waterford, ME - Dave Hass ran a week long dance for over 20 years as squares grew from 5 to 35 drawing dancers from many states.

19. The Roost, Waterbury, CT

20. Square Acres (1953), E. Bridgewater, MA - Considered the largest home for square dancing in the US.  It had seven halls and a fully stocked square dance dress and record shop. Dancers   came from everywhere.  40-50 squares year after year. Closed in 1979.

21. Stepney Barn, Stepney, CT - Built and operated by the Brundage family.

22. Uphams, Kingston, NH

23. Woodbine Inn, Jaffrey, NH

24. The Woodlands, Westfield, MA





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