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Performing Arts Databases

Notice: The Performing Arts Encyclopedia collections have moved.

As a part of ongoing modernization, the collections on the Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) have been migrated to new presentations on the Library’s web site. The Performing Arts Encyclopedia has been retired, but research databases related to the performing arts which were featured on the PAE will continue to be available from a new page, Performing Arts Databases, available at

The Performing Arts Databases page contains database and catalog resources that are intended to help users with research in the performing arts areas.  The databases are stand-alone resources that are not integrated with the rest of the Library’s digital collections or catalogs.  In some cases, the databases do not reflect the actual holdings of the Library of Congress and are provided only as reference resources.  These databases are managed by the Music Division; the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division; and the American Folklife Center.  A link to the page will be available from the Performing Arts Reading Room site (  These databases are also available on the LC e-reources online catalog page at

To find the collections formerly on the PAE, you can browse the performing arts digital collections at
You can also use the links below to go to the new presentations for single collections.

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