National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection

Square Dance Foundation of New England

Established in 1973, the Square Dance Foundation of New England was created to preserve the vibrant history of both folk and square dance in the twentieth century and beyond. For more than forty years, the Foundation amassed a substantial documentation of American square dance including oral histories, recordings, books, and photographs. In 2016, at the closing of the Foundation’s library and museum, a large group of objects was given to the Museum. This vast selection of artifacts was the first example of square dance in the collection and a great enhancement to its holdings of social dance. Costumes and accessories, club memorabilia and scrapbooks, square dance caller recordings, historical research, photographs, and trophies in part comprise the accession. A complete set of the American Square Dance Society’s official magazine, Sets in Order, from 1948 to 1985 was also part of the gift, an essential reference for understanding the development and evolution of square dance and its significance within the context of American life and culture.