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L. DeWayne Young collection on folk dancing

Identifier: MSS 7850

Scope and Contents

Contains a variety of materials collected by L. DeWayne Young over his years as a folk dancer and instructor. The resources include festival handouts, programs, cultural information, histories of folk dancing, information on fellow folk dancers, and instructional resources. These resources take the form of news clippings, video materials, published and unpublished texts, pamphlets, posters, periodicals and some correspondence. Dates range from 1940-2014.


  • 1940-2014


Language of Materials

Materials in English, Bulgarian, German, French, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Arabic, Turkish, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Japanese, and Catalan.

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

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.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

10 boxes ((5 linear ft.) )


Arranged into five series: 1. L. DeWayne Young collection of folk related publications, 1944-2014. 2. L. DeWayne Young collection of pamphlets, brochures, and other cultural information resources, approximately 1968-2010. 3. L. DeWayne Young collection of festival materials, approximately 1940-2012. 4. L. DeWayne Young collection on members of the folk dance community, approximately 1941-2010. 5. L. DeWayne Young collection of folk dance instructor resources, 1955-2000.

Custodial History

Donated by L. DeWayne Young in 2010.

Donated by L. DeWayne Young in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; L. DeWayne Young; 2010.

Donated; L. DeWayne Young; 2014.


History of other dance genres (Section IV.a.ii Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; May 2011.

Value-added processing; Jenna Faulkner; June 2014.

  • 2 pieces of sheet music transferred to the Popular Sheet Music Collection. 4 books sent to Harold B. Lee Library accessioning department 12 books deaccessioned
Register of L. DeWayne Young collection on folk dancing
Melissa James
2011 May 25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States