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Research Guides

Collection Guidelines: Drama: Scope

Collection development guidelines for drama.


a. Chronological

The Drama Library collects books, journals, and media in all periods of drama from Greek drama to the present, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary drama.

For the media collection, the Drama Library collects materials related to drama from antiquity to the present..  (The Media Center in Suzzallo Library collects films related to drama as well.)

b. Geographical

We collect in all geographical regions with an emphasis on Europe and North America.  

c. Language

Primary emphasis is on works originally written in English and English translations.

d. Format

The collection includes books, media, and periodicals.

The print collection includes playscripts, monographs, and periodicals.  The Drama Library also has a collection of historical patterns and a series of published paper doll books useful for the study of clothing and dress.  Microform materials pertaining to drama are located in the Microform/Newspaper Unit in the Suzzallo Library.

The media collection includes DVD, CDs, cassettes, and reel-to-reel, primarily of performances, documentaries, and sound effects.  

We collect periodicals in both print and electronic form; the electronic copies are generally part of an online database or index.  

e. Exclusions

The Drama Library does not actively collect microforms, cassettes, LPs, or reel-to-reel; or non-English language materials,  The Library does not collect objects such as lighting gels, props, costumes, set designs, material samples, etc.