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Theatre Resources: Internet Sources

Use this guide as a starting point for researching topics in theatre.

From the NYPL Collections


Digital Libraries and Collections

Digital Public Library of America

East London Theatre Archive


Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

Library of Congress: American Memory

LIFT Living Archive

Lortel Archives: Off-Broadway Database

Online Archive of California

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

The European Library

Radio Free Pocha Featuring Guillermo-Gomez Pena

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Music, Dance, Recorded Sound, and Theatre

New York Public Library: The Billy Rose Theatre Collection

The Billy Rose Theatre Collection of The New York Public Library is one of the largest and most comprehensive archives devoted to the theatrical arts.

Ballet Russe Scenery Collection Of the Butler Ballet

The Butler Ballet in Indianapolis, IN, owns a very valuable collection of scenery and costumes coming from the famed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

California Heritage Collection

The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are

Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room

The Performing Arts Reading Room is the service point for the broad and diverse collections of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Includes approximately 12 million items and spanning more than 800 years of Western music history and practice.

SIBMAS - International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts

Lists over 7000 international institutions with material relating to the performing arts (theatre, opera, music, ballet, film, circus, radio, television, cabaret, pantomime.

Theatre Historical Society of America

THSA preserves the architectural, cultural and social history of America's theatres. Through its collections and publications, THSA makes available information on more than 15,000 theatres in the form of photographs, slides, negatives, books, blueprints, clippings, videos, printed programs, and other material on historic theatres, primarily in the U.S.

Museum of the City of New York: Theater Collection

The Theater Collection traces the relationship between New York City and theater from the late 18th century to the present day. The archive includes set and costume drawings, posters, original playscripts, thousands of costumes and props, photographs, and a major Yiddish theater collection.

Museum of the City of New York: Costumes and Textiles Collection

This collections preserves over 25,000 garments and accessories dating from the mid-18th century to the present, including gloves, fans, stockings, shoes and boots, parasols, collars, ties, hats and headresses, and purses as well as costume jewelry. Other primary source materials directly related to the history of fashion trends and the fashion industry in New York City include photographs, clippings from periodicals, vintage store catalogues and bound fashion publications.

Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris (Musée Galliera)


Digital Collections

Plays Online


Open Access Images especially costume?


  • The Character Shop
    A special effects company specializing in animatronics, makeup effects, puppets, and robotics. Site includes glossary of special effects terms.
  • Costar Archives (Consolidated Clothing and Costumes Archives)
    Hosted by the Costume Program in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • The Costume Gallery
    Includes descriptions and images of period costumes. Also includes links to websites that provide goods and services to the fashion and costuming industry.
  • The History of Costume by Brian & Schneider - c. 1861 - 1880 (C. Otis Sweezey)
    Images of plates of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century, with a Victorian perspective. From the book originally published as "Zur Geschichte der Kostume," printed from 1861 to 1880 in Munich by the publishing firm of Braun and Schneider.

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