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Romainian Folk Dance Collection (Popescu-Judetz, Georghe and Eugenia, collectors)



The Gheorghe and Eugenia Popescu-Judetz Collection consists of manuscript materials, audio recordings, graphic materials, and moving images that document primarily Romanian folk dance and music. The materials span the years 1938-1974 and 1995. The bulk of the materials were collected between 1950 and 1972 by Gheorghe and a fieldwork team that sometimes included Eugenia. Their goal was to gather traditional folk dance and music to serve as the basis of choreographies for their government-sponsored performance ensembles. Through this effort, Gheorghe amassed a collection of at least several thousand notated folk dance variants, more than 3,200 audio-recorded melodies, and approximately 4,000 notated dance melodies, from all regions of Romania.

The collection focuses on the folk song and dance of the Romanian people. Materials documenting costume, rituals, and customs are also included. Music arrangements, choreographic diagrams, photographs, and show programs document activities of the CiocÓrlia and Perinitza Ensembles. The collection also provides insight into the lives of the Popescu-Judetzes through manuscript and photographic documentation of their work as ethnographers, dancers, choreographers, and teachers.

The initial collection of audio recordings and some manuscript and graphic materials were donated to the Library of Congress by Eugenia Popescu-Judetz in 1990. Subsequent additions of manuscript and graphic materials were accessioned in 1995. Oral history interviews with the donor in 1995 complement the collection.


Listening and viewing access to the collection is unrestricted.


Duplication of the recorded materials may be governed by copyright and requires prior permission from the donor. In addition to standard permission requirements, publication of the materials requires prior permission of the donor.

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