DNB Collection


When the extension was formed in 1968, the DNB's library was brought to Ohio State's Special Collections. Since this time, many materials have been added, especially books on various systems of notation and books and scores of Hungarian and other Eastern European traditional dances.

The Dance Notation Bureau Collection is the largest collection of scores and notation related books in a university library in the nation. Contents of this collection include DNB publications and articles, notation related books, scores, photographs, and Hungarian language/dance notation publications. These materials are currently housed in the library's Theatre Research Institute (TRI). The TRI also holds many collections (including a Mime, Dance, and Movement Collection), partners with instructors of Ohio State courses, and hosts a visiting research fellowship that may include DNB Collection materials. 

The DNB Collection scores are being processed and catalogued and are available for search online through the University's Online Library Catalogue, with keyword "dance notation bureau collection."