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Guide to Tap Dance Research: Access from Home

A guide to tap dance holdings at the Library for the Performing Arts.


While parts of our collection are not accessible from home, NYPL offers e-books through multiple sources. To access them, all that is required is a valid New York Public Library Card. We are currently offering digital library cards that can be obtained through this application and used to access e-books.

Many books can be found on NYPL’s Overdrive application that is available on a wide variety of e-readers, portable devices, PCs and Macs. The New York Public Library also has partnerships with publishers and online repositories like the Hathi Trust and Google Books.



Digital Collections

In NYPL’s Digital Collections Portal the Jerome Robbins Dance Division houses a host materials that are accessible while onsite at the Library for the Performing Arts. When trying to access materials from home, many items are restricted, specifically Audio and Moving Image items, but there are still informative pieces available. To make it easier to identify them, items that are not available from home have a lock symbol over the bottom left of each thumbnail. It is not possible to search for just items available from home, so below you can see a short list of some great resources.

Interviews - Part of our Dance Oral History Project, these interviews were recorded with various Tap legends and are available in full anywhere in the world.

Photographs - There are many photographs and notable tap dancers housed in NYPL's Digital Collections. These items are shared across the Jerome Robbins Dance Division as well as the Billy Rose Theatre Division who hold numerous photographs of tap greats performing on Broadway. Some featured dancers include Gregory Hines, Eleanor Powell, Savion Glover, and The Nicholas Brothers.