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Search for your performer's name and the word Biography to look for full-length biographies of your performer. Here's an example using Johnny Cash.
American National Biography
The American National Biography (ANB) is the successor to The Dictionary of American Biography (DAB, 1926-1937). It is a source of biographical information on Americans of significance, broadly defined. The one fast rule for inclusion is that the person must have died before 1996.
Obituaries from the New York Times
Search for your performer and limit the date range to the week of the performer's death.
Brief overview entries and encyclopedia articles on a variety of subjects, including people. Look at the word count of the entry in the search results to get a sense of depth.
In both of the resources below, use the Reviews filter in Document Type. Note that not all reviews are properly categorized, so if you have a particular performance in mind, it may be better to search for the work and limit by date.
Proquest Historical Newspapers
Multi-database search interface that allows for simultaneous searching of the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Defender, Pittsbugh Courier and Wall Street Journal
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. Includes Variety, an essential resource for reviews.
Performance on Video
Franklin Catalog: Videos
This custom Franklin search makes use of the Video limit on the left side of the catalog. Our streaming video collections are also included here.