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Theatre and Dance: Digital Texts

Digital Texts: Plays

American Drama of the Modernist Period 1899-1945

American Drama of the Postwar Period 1945-1999 *

American and Canadian Drama of the Postwar Period 1945-1999

American Drama 1714-1915 * 

Asian American Drama (Alexander Street Press)

Ben Jonson Online (Cambridge University Press).

Black Drama: 1850 to the Present (Alexander Street Press)

British Drama of the Modernist Period 1899-1945

British Drama of the Neoclassical Period *  

British Drama of the Postwar Period 1945-1999

British Drama of the Romantic Period 1780-1837 *

British Drama of the Victorian Period 1837-1910

Complete Works of William Shakespeare *

Drama from Australia 1955-present*

Drama from Scotland 1563-present*

Drama from South Asia 1922-present*

Drama of the American Colonial Period *

Drama of the American Romantic and Realistic Periods *

Drama of the Revolutionary and Early American Periods *

Early English Books Online EEBO (1475-1700).  Includes all known editions of separately published and collected editions of plays, including verse drama and closet drama, by Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration playwrights as well as texts about theater, including the evils of attending theater.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online ECCO  Includes 18th-century editions of plays by dramatists since the beginning of English theater, as well as books about the theater, memoirs of actors, etc..

Folger Digital Texts. "Meticulously accurate texts" of the plays and poems from editions in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Under a Creative Commons license, access is free as is downloading of the source code for non-profit projects.

Irish Drama 1611 to Present *

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, Fiction  (Alexander Street Press)

North American Indian Drama (Alexander Street Press)

North American Women’s Drama (Alexander Street Press)

Renaissance English Drama *

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive

Twentieth Century Drama *

 * Part of LiON (Literature Online).

Digital Texts: Historical Texts & Ephemera

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instructional Manuals Ca. 1490-1920.  A collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress.

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. Part of the American Memory project from the Library of Congress.

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project 1935-1939. Includes over 13,000 images, including costume designs, photographs, posters and scripts from the Project's archive at the Library of Congress.