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L. DeWayne Young collection on members of the folk dance community, approximately 1941-2010

 Series — Box: 8, Folder: 7
Identifier: MSS 7850 Series 4

Scope and Contents

Contains information and histories of L. DeWayne Young and fellow folk dancers. Materials include periodicals, biographical information from various resources, festival handouts, newsletters, articles, and other materials. Aside from Young, Yvtautas F. Beliajus, Dick Crumb and Mary B. Jensen are also highlighted within the collection. There is information regarding several other persons as well, including an autographed portrait of Paul Badura-Skoda. Dates range from approximately 1941-2010.


  • approximately 1941-2010


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Lithuanian.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the L. DeWayne Young collection on folk dancing must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

L. DeWayne Young (1938- ) is not only an avid folk dancer, but a well established teacher and promoter of the folk arts.

Young danced with, and helped organize, the original Brigham Young University International Folk Dancers in 1956 under the direction of Janie Thompson and Mary Bee Jensen. After graduating from Brigham Young University, Young danced and taught intermittently at BYU, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho and Idaho State University, also teaching at Lloyd Shaw Foundation workshops and conducting many other folk dance workshops throughout the United States on the way.

In 1986 Young, along with Mary Bee Jensen, George Frandsen, and Vytautas F. Beliajus established the National Folk Organization. This organization was established for the preservation and promotion of the folk art traditions, and as a tribute to the staying power of international folk dance.

Young served as co-editor for fifteen years on "Viltis," the folk magazine created by Vytautas F. Beliajus; Later publishing the Index to Fifty Years of Viltis: 1944-1994 and the biography Mr. Folk Dance USA, Vytautas F. Beliajus: Memoirs of a Lithuanian Immigrant.

L. DeWayne Young still travels extensively, participating in international folk dance festivals in Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Puerto Rico.


5 folders


Arranged in four subseries: 1. L. DeWayne Young collection on Yvtautas F. Beliajus and Lithuania, 1941-1988. 2. L. DeWayne Young collection on Richard (Dick) Crumb, 1954-2004. 3. L. DeWayne Young papers, 1959-1979. 4. L. DeWayne Young collection on Mary B. Jensen, approximately 1990-2000.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States