Haas Arts Library, Drama Collection

Overview

The Drama Collection serves the Yale theater community, including the graduate School of Drama, its professional counterpart the Yale Repertory Theatre, the undergraduate Theater Studies program, Yale Cabaret, the Yale Dramat, and various other performing groups.

Drama-related collections onsite in the Arts Library currently include thousands of playscripts, books on the history of theater, theater architecture, dramaturgy, dramatic criticism, costume and stage design, stage lighting and production, theater management, biographies, related reference books and journals, and performance recordings on various media. Thousands more books and journals on theater as literature, history, theory, and criticism of theater, as well as additional playscripts, are held in Sterling Memorial Library. Electronic resources include article databases, reference works, and collections of images, sound, and video. Archival records and unique materials are held in Arts Library Special CollectionsManuscripts and Archives, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported

The Drama Collection primarily supports the production research needs of the nine departments within the Yale School of Drama: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Design, Technical Design and Production, Sound Design, Stage Management, and Theater Management. As part of the Arts Library, the collections are regularly used by the staff of the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Formats collected

Books, journals, e-books, electronic databases, DVDs, CDs, datasets (both vendor-supplied and created within the library)

Languages collected

Drama materials are primarily in English, with a few rare exceptions.

Chronological and geographical focus

Playscripts primarily focus on current production, including 20th- and 21st-century works as well as performing editions of often-produced classics by Shakespeare, Strindberg, Ibsen, Moliere, Chekhov, Brecht, Wilde, etc. The United States and Europe, especially the United Kingdom, are the primary geographic focus.

Collaborations within Yale

Within the library, the Drama Collection closely relates to the theater, film, literature, and fashion materials in the humanities collections in Sterling Memorial Library, the musical theater and opera collections in the Music Library, the performance recordings in the Film Study Center, and the drama-related holdings of Manuscripts and Archives and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. 

External collaborations

Related collections in geographic proximity are the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building and Library for the Performing Arts, as well as the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Subject Librarian

Lindsay King