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19th Century Theatre History

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of 19th Century Theatre.


Welcome fellow devotees of 19th century theatre history! This guide is meant to give an overview of 19th Century Theatre materials and resources available at NYU Libraries. Use the menu at the left of the page to find useful resources for finding articles, background information, and more.

5 easy steps to research

Use this guide as a model, a sort of diagram of "how to find resources":

  1. Finding Bibliographies, and Indexes
  2. Finding books,
  3. Finding Articles and Databases,
  4. Finding Newspapers/Oral Histories and archives, and
  5. Finding Images and Archives.

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.

To adapt this method for your topic, use the tabs that run along the side of the page to find other resources. If you use this system you should end up with a first rate paper on your topic!


I'd be happy to help in any way I can so don't hesitate to contact me via email or chat, or just drop my office.

Happy Research!

Edwin Forrest

Scratched black and white photo of Edwin Forrest in profile intently looking out ahead. His dark hair is longer on top and slightly wild. He wears mutton-chop facial hair. He wears a dark jacket, starched white color, and voluminous dark patterned necktie that cascades down his breast. Edwin Forrest (March 9, 1806 – December 12, 1872) was a prominent nineteenth-century American Shakespearean actor. His feud with the British actor William Macready was the cause of the deadly Astor Place Riot of 1849. 

Image: 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