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Theater Research at the Library of Congress

Rare Book & Special Collections Division

Rare books and special collections related to theater are also located in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The selected lists below contain titles of these items with links to catalog records or finding aids. For additional reference assistance or questions, contact the Division directly.

Representative Materials

The following titles offer a sample of rare materials available in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division. The titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

About the Rare Book & Special Collections Reading Room

The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 1 million items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815. The Rare Book & Special Collections Reading Room is modeled after Philadelphia's Independence Hall. This room is home to the divisional catalogs, reference collection, and reference staff. Collections are stored in temperature and humidity controlled vaults.