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Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library at University of Denver

The Carson-Brierly Dance Library is dedicated to the documentation and representation of the entire spectrum of dance with emphasis on dance in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.


Archives and collections include more than 70,000 volumes, 100 periodical titles, music scores, recordings (audio/video), oral histories, posters, photographs, press kits, and programs. Carson-Brierly is one of 14 dedicated dance libraries in the country.


The Martha Faure Carson Dance Library was founded at Colorado Women’s College in 1972 in memory of one of Denver’s noted dance teachers. It was renamed the Carson-Brierly Dance Library to recognize both her and Justin W. Brierly, an instrumental figure in the library’s formation.

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