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Mae Fraley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7854

Scope and Contents

Collection contains dance manuals from many countries around the world, folk song books, clippings, personal research, pictures, dance camp booklets and syllabi, and other folk dance related materials collected by Mae Fraley. The materials span the years 1938-1996.


  • 1938-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Mae Fraley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Mae Fraley (born 1919) was a magnificent teacher and tour director, as well as one of the top researchers in the field of folk dance.

Mae Fraley, of Rockville, Maryland, specialized in collecting folk dance materials from all over the world, and dedicated a great part of her life to researching folk dance in the Library of Congress, where she holds special clearance to do research at any time.

Fraley's teaching career began during World War II, entertaining the troops in Europe by teaching square dancing. She went on to teach international folk dance for many years, with involvement in the Kentucky Dance Institute and Newcamp dance weeks at Frostburg, Maryland. She was also dance director for the Swiss Folklore Group of Washington, D.C.

Several years ago Fraley divided her vast collection of folk dance materials into two parts. The Lloyd Shaw Foundation Archives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, received materials relating to American Dance (that have since been moved to the University of Denver Colorado), while material relating to international folk dance was given the the Music and Dance Library of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Mae Farley died February 10, 2012.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)

37 boxes (18.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Donated by L. DeWayne Young on behalf of Mae Fraley in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; L. DeWayne Young; 2005.


The history of other dance genres, (section IV.a.ii Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; June 2011.

Register of Mae Fraley papers
Melissa James
2011 May 26
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