To support teaching and research in theatre studies. The Department of Theatre provides preparation for professional careers in the theatre, with emphasis on design, management, directing, technical theatre, playwriting and performance. These programs include all levels of study from the B.A. to the M.F.A. and Ph.D.
The Library has collected materials on theatre throughout its history, with an early focus on the Shakespearean theatre. In the early 1980s, additional emphasis was placed on collecting theatre studies, through a two-year specially funded effort in retrospective collection development.
18,000 volumes; 52 video recordings.
Special collections of Shakespeare materials, including prompt books and works on costume design (Motley Collection) give national and international importance to an otherwise average monographic collection.
Most books are located in the Bookstacks, with frequently used English language materials and reference works being located in the English Library. Other locations with substantial holdings in theatre studies are: the Undergraduate Library, the Modern Languages and Linguistics Library, the Music Library, the Art and Architecture Library, the Rare Book and Special Collections Library, and Home Economics. Recordings and video recordings of plays in performance are located in the Media Center in the Undergraduate Library. There is also a significant body of materials on the kabuki theatre in the Asian Library.
Cain, Melissa and Michael Mullin. "Design by Motley: A Theatre and Arts Collection." . Vol. 8. Ed. Ginine Coruzza and Barbara N. Cohen-Stratyne. New York: Theatre Library Association, 1983.
Cain, Melissa. "Motley is the Only Wear: A Collection of Theatre and Costume Arts Design at the University Library," 9 (1982): 25-34.
Loomis, Barbara E. R. "A Check List of Books Given to the University of Illinois Library by Ernest Ingold," 3 (1976): 35-75.
Mullin, Michael. "Modern Shakespeare Promptbooks and Theatre Records" in "A Handful of Pleasant Delites," (1974): 33-34.
Mullin, Michael. "The Shakespeare Memorial/Royal Shakespeare Theatre Archives" in "A Handful of Pleasant Delites," 4 (1977): 45-6.
Scalon, James J. "His Book doth Live," 3 (1976): 8-14.
The emphasis is on the American and British stage, but all geographical areas are collected.
Standard statement. Materials with primary focus on aspects of the professional theatre, the history of the theatre, and plays in performance. Literary texts of dramatic works are not part of the responsibility of the theatre fund. Such works are covered by various funds dealing with the literary arts. The Art and Architecture Library collects works on theatre and stage design; the Home Economics Library collects works on costumes and make-up; and the Music Library collects material on the musical theatre, including books, scores, and disk sound recordings.
Standard statement. In addition, video recordings of plays in performance are selected for location in the Media Center.
Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength, Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS||EXISTING STRENGTH||PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS||SECONDARY ASSIGNMENTS|
|Acting and performance (including impersonation and improvisation)||3||Theatre|
|Pantomime||2||Theatre||Applied Life Studies|
|Special stage effects||3||Art||Theatre|
|Stage scenery and lighting||3||Art||Theatre|
|Stage presentations (Broadway, amateur theatre, little theatre, summer theatre, children's theatre)||2||Theatre|
|Theatre handbooks, techniques, procedures, apparatus, equipment, materials||3||Theatre|
|Theatre make-up and costume||2||Home Economics||Theatre|
|Theatre production description, critical appraisal and scripts||3||Theatre|
|Vaudeville, music halls, variety, cabaret||3||Theatre||Music|
Version Date: November 2005