Mae Fraley papers

Mae Fraley papers

Dates: 1938-1996

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.

  • Extent: 2 cartons (2 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.). -- 37 boxes (18.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Fraley, Mae
  • Call Number: MSS 7854
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
The original order of the collection has been retained.
Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7854; Mae Fraley papers; Music Special Collections; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7854, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by L. DeWayne Young on behalf of Mae Fraley in 2005.
Acquisition Information
Donated; L. DeWayne Young; 2005.
Subject Terms
Fraley, Mae; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Folk dance music--History--Sources; Folk dancing
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa James; June 2011.
Appraisal Information
The history of other dance genres, (section IV.a.ii Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Fraley (Mae) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa James
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-26T14:26-0600
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Biographical Info:

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.

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