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Theatre: African American Theatre

African American Theatre

This page highlights an overview of resources to help get started with researching African American theatre. The library catalog and databases will have additional options.

►  If you have questions or need additional research help, contact one of the librarians listed on this guide to schedule a research consultation.

Reference Sources -- Books

decorative  Search the Library Catalog for additional options.

decorative  See the databases on the Start Here -- Reference Sources page to search for more reference content.

Selected Digital Resources

Research Tips

Background Research

Try the searching the Reference Sources listed on this page to find background information about plays and playwrights. These sources can provide you with details and keywords (production information, biographical information, dates, locations, terms describing performance, etc) that can be used to search for secondary and primary sources.

Finding Books

  • Use the video tutorials on the Finding Books page for help searching the catalog for books.
  • Try searching the author fields in the Library Catalog to learn how locate plays or other writings by a specific playwright.
  • For books about a playwright or actor, try searching that person's name in the subject field.

Finding Articles

Finding Primary Sources

View of the Audience at the American Negro Theatre

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Image credit: "View of the audience at the American Negro Theatre" circa 1940-1949 from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL Digital Collections.

Selected Books

Search the Library Catalog for additional options.

Reference & Instruction Department

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