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Use this guide to find Bibliographies,Indexes, Books, Articles, Newspapers etc. pertaining to the topic 19th century theatre


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*5 easy steps to research

Use this opening page as a abbreviated model, a sort of diagram of "how to find resources". Here are representations of images, books, articles, dissertations, and primary source material. You will of course need more than one example for each area depending on the length of your paper.

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#1 Finding Bibliographies

Here is one example of the many Bibliographies you can find by clicking on the Bibliographies link: Young, William C. Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage in the series Documents of American Theater History. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1975.
Bobst Ref1 PN2285.Y6 1975b vol. 1 & 2
"Presents information about 225 American actors, mostly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He uses excerpts from articles, interviews, and reviews published at the time the actor was working to present both the actor's views on the profession and the critical reception of his or her work."

# 2 Find Books Using BobCat

Go to BobCat to find books click on the Finding Books tab

# 5 finding Images


Edwin Forrest, American actor, between 1844(1844) and 1860.  This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division under the digital ID cph.3c10205.

Forrest, Edwin

Use the Finding Images tab to see others.

#5 A Search for an American Voice in Theater: The Tragedian, the Rebel, and the Prince

The Theatre in Video Database Contains more than 250 performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 documentaries, all in streaming video.

To find images and videos click on the the Finding Images tab

#3 Articles (dissertations) /Staging captivity: "Metamora" and American identity

An actor dressed as Metamora, a Wampanoag man

Edwin Forrest as Metamora in 1829 This work is in the public domain in the United States

An enormously popular early American play, John Augustus Stone's Metamora; Or the Last of the Wampanoags , is an example of how captivity narratives so influenced Americans' self concept that early American literatures manipulated tropes of captivity in their attempt to define "American."

Dissertations are authored by students to satisfy degree requirements. They usually are not professionally edited. They mark the beginning of the student's efforts in a field. The Bibliograpies are particulary useful. If you would like to see or other dissertations, go to the library page: select Articles & Databases and select the letter D.

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#3 Finding Articles via electronic resources list

via the database Accessible Archives .  Go to the Finding Articles/Databases tab.

#4 Finding Newspaper Articles

Via Historical Proquest Newapapers.  Go to the Newspapers/Oral Histories/Archives tab.