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Tisch Library, Tufts University


For Faculty in the Drama & Dance Department



Monthly New Acquisitions in Tisch



Finding Plays:

American Drama, 1714-1915   Containing more than 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth; plays in verse, farces, melodramas, minstrel shows, realist plays, frontier plays, temperance dialogues and a range of other genres are represented. Major dramatists include David Belasco, Rachel Crothers, Augustin Daly, Clyde Fitch, Edward Harrigan, James Herne, William Dean Howells and Joaquin Miller.


Twentieth Century North American Drama  

Full texts of 1,900 plays from the United States and Canada, of which 1,250 are in copyright and licensed from the authors or their estates.

Play Index (online database)

The Best Plays (1899 – present). Stacks: PN2266.A2 B4

Contents of the annual volumes vary somewhat but include such sections as: 1. digests with critical comment on selected plays of the year; 2. title list of plays produced in New York during the year, giving for each: title, author, number of performances, theater, cast of characters, and brief outline of plot; 3. plays produced outside of New York; 4. Shakespeare festivals; 5. statistics of runs. 6. list of actors; 7. prizes and awards, and 8. index.

Play Index. 1949-02. Ref. Z5781 .p53 (the index in print)

I. Author, title, and subject index; II. Cast analysis; III. List of collections indexed

Many times, you will need to use WorldCat, collections beyond the Tufts Catalog.

(Click on the button to get to ILliad for an interlibrary loan request, when using any sources other than the Tufts Library Catalog.)

Streaming Videos

Dance in Video

Opera in video

The Shakespeare Plays (BBC-Television productions)


TV Show Clips

blinkx (select "TV Shows".)

Hulu (select "TV")


The Miscellany Collection at Tisch

A small collection of manuscript leaves, and others from early printed books.


Tisch Library Special Collections

Facsimiles of medieval manuscripts and more


Sample searches in the Tufts Library Catalog:

1. Early English Text Society and(play* or drama*)

2. Covent Garden Prompt Books, 1710-1824


BLC WorldCat (a variant on WorldCat)

Advanced Search Search with WorldCat


Digital Sources

Making of the Modern World (1450 - 1850)

Early English Books (1473 - 1700)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online  (1701-1800)

John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera (19th Century)

Early American Imprints (1693 -1819)

Early American Imprints II

American Broadsides and Ephemera  (1760-1900)


North American Theatre Online
Aims to cover Colonial times to the present. Contains hundreds of thousands of bibliographic records: authors, plays, theatres, productions, production companies, casts, and related information. Tens of thousands of playbills, posters, photographs, and related theatrical ephemera.


Making of America: 19th c. books and magazines.

The Gerritsen Collection Women's History, 1543-1945.

Women Writers Online ( - 1850)

ARTFL: American Research on the Treasury of the French Language
    (A full-text database of classical French writings and research tools.)

Editions & Adaptations of Shakespeare

Electronic facsimile of the First Folio


Place course materials on Reserves:

At Tisch:

in person
by fax: 617.627.3002;
by e-mail:;
Online: Place a Book on Reserve
            Place a Photocopy on Reserve

At the Media Center:

in person;
by e-mail:
Online: Place DVDs on Reserve


  • Several weeks prior to each semester, Tisch Library e-mails reserve letters to all faculty identifying submission dates for ordering materials for reserve and for submitting reserve lists for processing. (the current reserve letter online for reference).
  • All reserve lists received by the identified deadline are ready for the start of classes.

The library recommends that faculty use the following guidelines:

Library books: a maximum of 25 library-owned titles per course using a 1 copy to 25 students ratio.

Personal copies: 1 copy to 25 students ratio.

Binders: 1 copy to 20 students ratio (Binders are non-copyrighted material, e.g. homework or test solutions).

Photocopies: 1 copy to 20 students ratio for each title. The library does not limit the number of individual photocopied titles submitted for course reserve. Faculty members supply all photocopies.

All personal copies, photocopies and the contents from binders are returned to faculty at the end of the semester.

Textbooks can be placed on reserve as a faculty personal copy. As a general policy, the library does not purchase textbooks. Exceptions will be made on a case-to-case basis for those textbooks that have special value as a state-of-art presentation.

Faculty should consult with subject bibliographers before recommending a textbook purchase for course reserve.


  • All requests for media course reserves and streaming video are processed in order by date received. 
  • The Tisch Media Center provides a streaming video service for media course reserves.  In accordance with copyright policy, only library owned video collection materials may be digitized for course reserves as required viewing for a course. 
  • Titles not owned by the library can be requested for purchase to support media course reserves. 
  • Personal copies owned by faculty teaching the course will not be digitized. 
  • Digitized course materials can be linked to a faculty Blackboard account for viewing by the students enrolled in the class.   Access to the digitized materials will be disabled at the conclusion of the course. 


Please use the Form for routine purchase request:




Christopher Barbour

  Christopher Barbour
Humanities Bibliographer & Coordinator of Special Collections

Tel: 617-627-2398

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last updated: 1/24/2014