Performing Arts Research Guide

This information guide was designed for students in the dance or theater program.  The sources highlighted here can assist in answering class assignments and provide sources for research papers.

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The following resources provide information to help you find scholarly resources on the web that focus on performing arts topics.  

     American Memory Performing Arts Music Collection - a Library of Congress project that provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints and sheet music that document the American experience.

     National Endowment for the Arts - supports artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. This site includes a research section featuring reports, notes, convenings and research brochures.

     Costume Gallery Research Library - contains 5,598 webpages and countless images from original period publications, including fashion magazine articles, catalogs, books, and period photographs dating from 1804-1925.

     Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) - authoritative, detailed, multilingual descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world. Developed with the support of Cornell University and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

     Performing Arts Encyclopedia - a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. Users can find digitized items from the collections.  Also features special Web presentations on topics and collections as well as articles and biographical essays.

     Ringling Collection: Images of 19th Century Actors & Actresses - traces the history of stagecraft through 18th, 19th and 20th century European and American handbills, posters and prints of the legendary performers of the past three centuries. Good source for depictions of period clothing and hair styles.

     The Classical Composer Database - offers basic biographical information about composers, both well known and obscure, and links to information about them on the Web. Includes composersí chronologies, news, and calendars.


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