Library of Congress Website -
The “American Memory” section has the full text of hundreds of dance manuals
from 1490 to 1920 at
There are also video clips of dance demonstrations online at
Several Civil War era manuals have been reprinted and are available in
Civil War shops and online:
Dance Manual Reprints
Hillgrove, Thomas, A Complete and Practical
Guide to the Art of Dancing, 1863,
reprinted by Amazon Drygoods, Davenport, IA, 1992.
Durang, Charles, The Fashionable Dancer’s Casket, 1856, reprinted by
Books, Bedford, MA, 1996.
Beadle’s Dime Ball-Room Companion, 1858, reprinted by Sullivan Press,
West Chester, PA, 1998.
Ferrero, Edward, The Art of Dancing, 1859, reprinted by Kessinger
Publishing, Whitefish, MT, 2005.
Etiquette Manual Reprints
Ladies' Book of Etiquette, Fashion and Manual
of Politeness, 1860, reprinted by Amazon Drygoods, Davenport, IA, 1993.
Martine's Hand-Book of Etiquette and Guide to True Politeness, 1866,
reprinted by R. L. Shepp, Mendicino, CA, 1988.
Beadle’s Dime Book of Practical Etiquette,
1860, reprinted by Sullivan Press, West Chester, PA, 2001.
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