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Literature Resource Center
Offers biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline.
American and British Theatrical Biography by
Call Number: PN2285 W43A4 (Music & Performing Arts Reference; also in Main Reference: 792.0295 W375A)
Directory for locating biographical information about historical figures in American and British theatre.
Contemporary Dramatists by
Call Number: PN1721 C6681999 (Music & Performing Arts Ref.; also in Main Reference: Q.928.22 V78c1999)
Provides brief biographical and bibliographic information for dramatists, as well as contact information when available.
Variety Obituaries, 1905-1994
Call Number: Q.790.20922 V4272 (Main Reference)
15 volumes. Reprints of obituaries published in the entertainment trade journal Variety, arranged chronologically with indexes. (Vol. 11 is the index to all previous volumes, and subsequent volumes have their own indexes).
Who's Who in the Theatre by
Call Number: PN2012 W467 (Music & Performing Arts Reference)
Biographies of notable figures in American and British theatre.
Who Was Who in the Theatre, 1912-1976
Call Number: PN2597 W469 (Music & Performing Arts Reference; also available at Oak Street: 927.92 W622)
A 4-volume biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, directors, playwrights and producers of the English-speaking theatre.
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