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Die Derra de Moroda Dance Archives (DdMDA)

Opening hours

During the summer break, the archives will not be open continuously due to vacation.

Opening hours in September: September 4, 6, 11, 14, 12-4 p.m. each day

September 18, 12-7 p.m.

September 19, 12-8 p.m.

September 20, 10-4 p.m.

September 25, 12-4 p.m.

September 27 12-4 p.m.

In addition, it is also possible to make individual appointments to visit the archives outside of these opening hours; please contact us by email in this case, as well as for further information: Dr. Irene Brandenburg (irene.brandenburg[at] or Angelika Steger (angelika.steger[at]  

Please note that a visit to the Dance Archive is currently only possible with a valid library card; please refer to the News on Current Library Operations or the Regulations on Library Use of the University of Salzburg for further information on use and research in the DdMDA.

About the DdMDA

The Derra de Moroda Dance Archives (DdMDA) in Salzburg were founded by the dancer, choreographer, dance-educationalist and dance-publicist Friderica Derra de Moroda (1897–1978), who donated her renowned library to the Institute of Musicology (today the Department of Musicology and Dance Studies) of the University of Salzburg in 1975. Since then the collection has expanded gradually over the decades and has been available for research and teaching. In addition to more than 8,000 books on dance and related topics like theater, costume/stage design, fashion, folklore and Cultural Studies covering six centuries (16th–21st century) – it comprises also musical materials (including original prints from the 17th century), libretti (17th–20th century), autographical letters by dancers and choreographers (18th–20th century), journals and magazines (18th–20th century), an extensive collection of iconographical sources (16th–20th century, consisting of paintings, engravings, etchings, lithographs, photographs), of posters, programs and newspaper clippings, as well as digital media (videos, DVDs, digital publications). Furthermore the archive also keeps various writings from the personal legacy of Derra de Moroda, including drafts and manuscripts of her publications, notes, card indexes, and more than 1000 letters.

Selected parts of the collection have already been digitized and are available online via the University of Salzburg’s publication server. Work is continuing on the successive digitization and online presentation of the holdings.

The Derra de Moroda Dance Archives are located in the Unipark Nonntal (University of Salzburg, Unipark, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1, A-5020 Salzburg).