This section of the guide connects researchers with digitized musical theater collection material available in curated digital collections as well as digital exhibits representative of past physical exhibits mounted at the Library of Congress.
Digital collections provide online access to a limited number of musical theater-related collections. Keep in mind that, in general, the material selected for inclusion in a digital collection represents only a percentage of the material found in the entire special collection. Be sure to consult the Music Division's special collection finding aids (see the Special Collections page of this guide) in addition to the digital collections to more fully comprehend a collection's contents.
In addition to searching the Library's digital collections, researchers will benefit from following the Music Division's blog, In the Muse, and searching our archival blog posts. Library staff, as well as guest authors, often publish about the Music Division's digital collections, be it announcing new collections or sharing interesting research or projects that have relied on material made accessible through those digital collections. Furthermore, bloggers also highlight interesting collection items not always available in our digital collections. Musical theater-related blog posts are tagged and easy to browse.
Browse all of the Library's Digital Collections, and take note of these examples especially relevant to musical theater:
Library of Congress exhibitions document present and past exhibits that feature unique material from our collections to center on a specific topic. These online exhibitions feature digital content, though there may be limits as to what you can download due to rights issues.