Performing Arts Libraries, Archives & Museums


For a more comprehensive guide to performing arts libraries, archives, and museums, consult the SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions.


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New England

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, Brown University

Harvard Theatre Collection

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University




Conjuring Arts Research Center

Folger Shakespeare Library

Free Library of Philadelphia Theatre Collection

The Hampden-Booth Theatre Library

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland

The Museum of the City of New York Theatre Collection

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

The Shubert Archive

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The Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts, University of Florida

Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

Semans Library, University of North Carolina School of the Arts




Chicago Theatre Collection, Chicago Public Library

Indiana University Bloomington Theater & Drama Collection

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, The Ohio State University

The Newberry Library Dance Collection

Roosevelt University Performing Arts Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Music and Performing Arts Library

Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research




Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin-Performing Arts Collection

The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, McNay Art Museum

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West Coast

Louis B. Mayer Library, American Film Institute

Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego

Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science

Museum of Performance and Design

UCLA Arts Library

University of California, Berkeley Theater & Performance Collection

University of California, Irvine Dance Collection

University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library

University of Southern California Performing Arts Archives

University of Washington Drama Library




Centre National de la Danse Mediathèque

Rodney Seaborn Library, National Institute of Dramatic Art

University of Bristol Theatre Collection

V&A Theatre Collections

The Whittaker Library, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Dance

Yorkville Library Theatre Collection, Toronto Public Library

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Last updated: December 20, 2010