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Die Derra de Moroda Dance Archives (DdMDA)

Opening hours

From August 25, 2022 to September 30, 2022 inclusive, the archive will be closed for staffing reasons.

For archive visits between August 29 and September 7 and during the last week of September, individual appointments can be made by email if necessary (

Beginning October, 3, 2022, the following hours will apply until further notice:

Tuesday, 10am to 12am, and 3pm to 4pm 

Wednesday, 10am to 1pm, and 3pm to 5pm

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  Anna-Lena Wieser, MA (  

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).