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ENTH 3145: Early American Drama & Performance

Research guide for Professor Cobrin's class "Early American Drama & Performance"

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Gina Levitan
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About this Guide

Action drawing of a woman dressed as a man, in a scanty costume that bares her arms and legs. Her hair is partly hidden by a flowing headdress surmounted by a crescent. In her right hand is a bow.


Welcome!  This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research for Prof. Pam Cobrin's course, Early American Drama & Performance.

This guide highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in theatre, including the following: 

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation

Image: Lithograph by J.H. Bufford. the handwritten identification on the scrapbook reads "Ada [sic] Isaacs Menken?" The French spy, a play by John Thomas Haines that appeared with various subtitles over the years, was first presented in Paris in 1830, with Céline Celeste in the role of the Arab boy. The American actress Adah Isaacs Menken first appeared in the same role around 1859, performing it in Boston, New York, and other American cities through the 1860s. Although the performer in this lithograph has been sometimes been identified as Celeste, the draped costume and headdress she wears are similar if not identical to costumes worn by Menken in photographs of this role and others, while prints of Celeste show her in a more elaborately cut costume, with a turban on her head.

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "French spy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1860 - 1869. 

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Background Research & Reference

These sources contain scholarly background information. Many are available online, but some are only in print. When a book is available as an ebook, the call number section will say "ebook." Otherwise, the primary library name and call number will be linked.