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Performing Arts

This research collection documents the history of theater, dance, costume and scenic design, opera, and popular entertainments such as vaudeville, the circus, pantomime, magic, puppetry, and minstrel shows. The primary emphasis is on British and American theater from the eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries. In addition to playscripts, promptbooks, correspondence, playbills and programs, and clippings, the collection is rich in visual material such as production photographs, set and costume renderings, posters, prints and engravings, and set models. The archival collections are complemented by audiovisual holdings, a growing costume collection, and a comprehensive library of published materials.

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Actor in costume.

Vandamm Studio, photographer. Helen Hayes as Mary Stuart in Mary of Scotland, [1933]. Courtesy of Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Theater Biography Collection.

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Hollywood Life: The Glamorous Homes of Vintage Hollywood - Eliot Elisofon's photographs of the homes of Hollywood glitterati, circa 1969

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