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American Cultural History: The Nineteenth Century
This site traces American cultural history from 1800-1899. The site is divided into each decade of the 19th century. Each decade page has been divided up into the categories of Art & Architecture, Business and the Economy, Books and Literature, Migration & Immigration, Education, News and Events, Music and Theater, Pastimes, Science and Technology, Social Movements . Along with the categories, the page also contains links, random facts of the decade.

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century

This site traces American cultural history from 1900-1999. The site is divided into each decade of the 20th century. Each decade page has been divided up into the categories of Art & Architecture, Best Sellers, Fads & Fashion, Events, Historic Documents, Music, People & Personalities, Television, Theater & Film, and Education. Along with the categories, the page also contains links, random facts of the decade, and pictures of the families of the Web designers for that decade.

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
"Part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, this site includes 257 English scripts and 77 Yiddish scripts, 146 playbills and programs, 61 silent films of performances, and numerous early records."

Ancient History Sourcebook

A repository of ancient history and culture primary source material arranged for use in the high school and college classroom. Outlines of historical source material for ancient Greece, Hellenistic Greece, and ancient Rome are provided.

The Best Information on the Net (BIOTN): Theatre

This is an excellent source of reviewed links on theatre. The sites are reviewed by librarians from O' Keefe Library at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Included are an online database, index, glossary, and archive pages on a variety of film and theatre topics.

A Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies
Dr. Ken McCoy, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts at Stetson University, has created the Theatre and Performance Studies page. This page provides links for actors and acting, stagecraft and technical theatre, plays and playwrights, Shakespeare, arts management and non-profit arts organizations, of regional interest,
potpourri: the best of the rest, finding primary sources and ways of connecting to scholars and experts in the field.

The Costume Page: Costuming Resources Online
This page is intended as a comprehensive index of costume and costuming-related links for the "benefit of those who study and/or make costumes". It includes links to reference works and museum sites for costumes, costume history pages, costume making pages, theatrical costume pages, and sources of costume making supplies.

The Costumer's Manifesto
This page is maintained by Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It contains information and costume links divided into the topics of: Costume History, Designs & Designers, How-to, Costumes 4 Sale, Movie Costumes, "Ethnic" Dress, Classes, and more. Also, this page provides links to "more than 1000 other costume and make-up links."

The Development of Scenic Spectacle
This site is "devoted to the study of Renaissance and Baroque theatrical spectacle".

Didaskalia: Ancient Theater Today
"Didaskalia is a website and journal dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman theatre in performance, and to the legacy of ancient theatre." This site is a jumping-off point for information on ancient drama and ancient theatre production techniques. The Didaskalia editorial board referees contributions and makes policy decisions on behalf of the journal.

ELAC Theatrepedia
Theatrepedia is an online theatre-research library containing links to subject index, playwrights, theatre people, theatre terms and characters, Greek theatre, special text. It also contains play texts, plays by author and title, information about acting, directing, stagecraft and other online courses. It is produced and maintained by the East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department.

The EServer Drama Collection
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University maintains this page. "This site contains a collection of original plays and screenplays, criticism and links to other sites concerned with theatre. It publishes both classic and contemporary works." It is housed within a searchable database.

From ILL Spun Wool: The Second Shepard's Play and Early English Theatre
In this series of audio presentations from the Folger Shakespeare Library, "Richard Paul talks with artists, scholars, and medievalists about this most mysterious of mystery plays."

INFOMINE: Visual and Performing Arts
"INFOMINE makes access easy to all types of Internet resources of scholarly and educational use to faculty and students interested in Visual and Performing Arts. The file contains over 500 resources including online exhibits, galleries, cultural calendars and databases to name a few." Search INFOMINE by keyword to find links that match a particular topic. If a very narrow topic produces no results, try a topic that is more general.

This Internet-accessible periodical index and current awareness service indexes citations in drama and theatre journals selectively. Conduct a title search in the library catalog to determine if Owens Library owns the magazine and journal titles found in the index search.

The History of Costume
This is the Internet accessible, illustrated version of the History of Costume printed from 1861 to 1880 in Munich by the publishing firm of Braun and Schneider.

Internet Sites Related To Electronic Literature, Choice Magazine
This list provides links to sites discussed in an essay entitled "Literature in Electronic Format: The Traditional English and American Canon," by Joanne Gates, published in the April 1997 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, v. 34, no. 8, pp. 1279-1296.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
This site is sponsored by Georgetown University. The categories included are archaeology, architecture, armor, art, Arthurian studies, astronomy, cartography, chivalry, church history, coins, cookery, cosmology, crusades, decorative arts, drama, education, English, middle, English, old, ethics, feudalism, French, old, furniture, gardens, gender and sexuality, geography, German, middle high, Islam, Italian, Judaism, Latin, law, magic and alchemy, manuscripts, mathematics, medicine, music, Norse, old, philosophy, Spanish, old (to 1500), Swedish, old (to 1550), theology, transportation, travel, welsh and women.

Luminarium: 16th Century English Renaissance Literature (1485-1603)
This page contains links to information on writers and historical persons in English society during the Renaissance. Writers include play authors such as William Shakespeare.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
This site is maintained in association with Palomar College of San Marcos, California. It is an excellent online resource for information, not only on William Shakespeare, but on a variety of topics in the study of drama and theatre. This site utilizes scholarly material, bibliographies, and nearly all the links presented are annotated. This resource has a great search page, as well. It also contains a host of links divided on the topics of: Works, Life & Times, Theatre, Criticism, Renaissance, Sources, Educational, Best Sites, and "Other" Sites. When researching Shakespeare, Elizabethan theatre, or just theatre in general, give this site a try!

Perseus Digital Library
"The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond. Collaborators initially formed the project to construct a large, heterogeneous collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world. Planning for Perseus began in 1985; the project was formally established in July, 1987." This is a very detailed searchable database on Ancient Greek civilization. It houses a searchable database to a number of full-text primary documents from Ancient Greece, including classic plays. It allows the user to search utilizing an English, Greek, or Latin index. It also provides Greek and Latin dictionaries online. The Perseus Project is funded by the Digital Libraries Initiative Phase 2, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Modern Language Association, and Tufts University.

The Puppetry Home Page
"The Puppetry Home Page is produced by Rose Sage of Sagecraft Productions and Nick Barone of The Puppetry Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community and is dedicated to helping people connect with the world of puppetry." The Puppetry Home Page contains links to puppetry organizations, puppetry festivals, puppet theatres, puppetry definitions, using puppetry, puppetry traditions around the world, puppetry schools, workshops, internships, scholarships and awards, puppetry exhibits and museums, puppet building, puppetry performance, and much more.

Renaissance Dance
This page links to various sorts of resources for studying renaissance dance, including mailing lists, reference pages, primary and secondary sources in translation, documents describing dance, early music resources, and linguistic resources.

Search the WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama Site
Use this keyword search engine to search the entire World Wide Web Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama site.

The Victorian Web
This site was created by George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History at Brown University. It contains a host of information on a variety of subjects dealing with Victorian society. This site has a great search page that allows the user to search by author or subject, using keywords or a list of authors and subjects already provided. Other main topics of interest covered are: Political History, Social History, Gender Matters, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Technology, Genre & Technique, Authors, Visual Arts, Theatre and Popular Entertainment, Victorian Web Books, Victorian Texts, Bibliography, Economic Texts, Related Courses, Before Victoria, and Related WWW Resources.

Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature Main Page
"English Literature includes works written in English taught in departments of English and American literature. Some authors are also cross-listed under separate national, regional, or ethnic categories (e.g., "Irish," "Australian," "Afro-American") on the Other Literatures Written in English and Minority Literatures pages." One of the categories listed on this page is Drama & Theatre Studies.

The WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama
This site contains links to academic and training institutions, electronic text archives, theatre companies and festivals, theatre image collections, and theatre studies pages.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama/Theatre studies: articles and resources
This is the World Wide Web Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama site's links to papers and studies on various theatre topics. Many are appropriate for college level study, some are not.

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