On the shelf

International Encyclopedia of Dance (Ref GV1585 .I586 1998) 6 vols.
McGraw-Hill World Encyclopedia of Drama (PN1625 .M3) 4 vols.
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Ref ML100 .N48 1995) 20 vols.
New Grove Dictionary of Opera (Ref ML102.O6 N5 1992) 4 vols.
Notable Playwrights (Ref PN1625 .N68 2005) 3 vols.

Credo Reference
Search across specialized encyclopedias, including subjects on art, music, and theater.


If you’re browsing the shelves, books related to the arts can be found in call numbers beginning with the following letters:

  • Art & Art History: N
  • Dance: GV 1580
  • Music: M
  • Theater: P

Library Catalog
Books at Howard Colman Library.

Locate books available elsewhere and request via interlibrary loan.


Search All Library Resources
Search across (almost) all of the content that the library owns, including plentiful articles and books on all aspects of the arts. Go to “Advanced Search” to limit by Dance, Drama & Theater, or Music & Visual Arts.

Digital Theatre Plus
High quality films of plays performed by the world’s top theater.

Greek Drama: From Ritual to Theater (Films on Demand)
Film documenting Greek theater up to the age of Sophocles and Euripedes.

Medieval Drama, From Sanctuary to Stage (Films on Demand)
Film that traces the development of Medieval Drama.

Myth, History, and Drama (Films on Demand)
Film on the remains of ancient theater.

Project Muse
Article database focused on scholarly journals in the arts and humanities. Full-text access.

The Renaissance Stage (Films on Demand)
Film highlighting Renaissance theater.

Saskia Fine Art Images
The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from the world’s top museums.
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Theater in Video (Alexander St Press)
Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world‘s leading plays, including works by Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, and Terence McNally, together with more than 100 film documentaries.

Theatrical Devices in Classical Theatre (Films on Demand)
Film depicting the technical aspects of classical theater productions.

Internet Resources


Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
A comprehensive online encyclopedia of art.

Khan Academy: Art History
Engaging videos about how to interpret art, its materials and techniques, and its history.


Khan Academy: Music
Engaging videos abou the basics of music theory, music history, and the orchestra.

Yale University Library Guide to Music Resources on the Web
Huge list of useful websites about music.