American Performance Culture circa 1900

Spring 2013

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-339; Christopher A. Grobe (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Journals

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

American Periodicals Series (1740-1940)
Reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.

Arts & Humanities Full Text
Publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (1864 to present)
Covers dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.

Full-text of many leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers.

Internet Broadway Database

Readers Guide Retrospective
Indexing of United States general-interest periodicals.


LinkAmerican Musical Theatre: A Chronicle. AC Music Reference ML1711 .B67 2011

American National Biography [Online]

Bergquist, G. William. Three centuries of English and American plays, a checklist. England: 1500-1800, United States: 1714-1830. AC Frost Reference PR625 .B47 1963

The Cambridge History of American Theatre. Vol. 2, 1870-1945 [electronic resource]

The Cambridge History of American Theatre. Vol 2, 1870-1945 [print] PN2221 .C37 1998

Cullen, Frank. Vaudeville, Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America AC Frost Reference PN1968 .U5 C85 2007

Demastes, William W. American playwrights, 1880-1945: a research and production sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. AC Frost Reference PS351 .A52 1995

English Drama of the Nineteenth Century: an index and finding guide  AC Frost Reference PR721 .E45 1985

Forman, Edward. Historical dictionary of French theater. Scarecrow Press, 2010. AC Frost Reference PN2637 .F67 2010

Greenfield, Thomas A., editor. Broadway: an encyclopedia of theater and American culture (2 vols.), Santa Barbara, Calif.:  Greenwood,  c2010. AC Frost Reference N2277.N5 B62 2010

Hill, D. Anthony. Historical dictionary of African American theater. AC Frost Reference PN2270 .A35 H53 2009

Kennedy, Dennis, editor. The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance. Oxford University Press,  2003. AC Frost Reference PN2035 .O94 2003

Nineteenth-century American drama: a finding guide AC Frost Reference PS632 .H59

Oxford companion to theatre and performance [Online]

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [Online]

Primary Sources

Related rare book and archives collections at Amherst

W. Clyde Fitch Collection, 1867-1986

Davenport Papers, 1884-1959

Dramatic Activities Collection, 1826-ongoing

Plimpton Collection of Dramas

M. Abbott Van Nostrand Theatre Collection Music Holdings, ca. 1900-1950

M. Abbott Van Nostrand Theatre Collection, Samuel French Company Theatre Scrapbooks

Unprocessed Samuel French material in off-site storage (bunker inventory)



English and American Drama of the Nineteenth Century
Dramatic works from nineteenth century England and America, including plays, opera libretti, etc. American and British productions of works from other countries and of pre-1800 plays are included. Use with Index (listed in Reference Sources)  PS632 .E6 Microprint 

Nineteenth Century American Drama
Dramatic works from nineteenth century America, including plays, opera libretti, etc. Use with Index (listed in Reference Sources)  PS632 .N56 Microfiche