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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.
Proquest Historical Newspapers
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.
Content from newspapers around the globe. Date coverage ranges from 1981-present. Useful for finding contemporary theater reviews.
Penn Libraries has several databases and print materials for researching the scenic design elements of an era: costume, architecture, furniture, and other stage elements.