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Finding information about the history of a play can be difficult, and often requires archival research. Students can still use primary and secondary resources to find out about production history, even without traveling to archives. Use resources from the Contemporary Productions list, plus the following:
Search the full-text of the New York Times, Chicago Defender, LA Times, Wall Street Journal and a select few other newspapers. Date coverage ranges by newspaper, but often extends to the late 1800s. Useful for finding historical theater reviews. Consider using the print New York Times Theater Reviews discussed below.
An early 20th-century journal devoted to the Theatre Arts, complete with many high-quality images. Use the index to look up the work, playwright, or director of interest. Public domain (pre-1923) volumes are have been digitized by HathiTrust.