RESOURCES: early modern PLAYS on STAGE & PAGE
¶ This is a list of online databases, catalogues, projects, images, video, reference works, &c, for the study of early modern plays at the intersection of performance and print. Two caveats: (1) it is not an exhaustive list; and (2) it is meant to supplement—not replace—scholarship published in more traditional venues such as journals, edited collections, and monographs. ¶ Some of the resources focus on textual iterations of plays, while others are more interested in performance. Many, in their own ways, illuminate and/or post questions about dramatic bi-modality. ¶ A number of these resources are only accessible via an institutional subscription. In these cases, I have linked to Penn State's access portal. ¶ Finally, thank you to colleagues who have collected and shared many of these links on their own sites—see the blog section below, for example—as well as to those who have alerted me to newly completed and in-progress projects of interest. As always, if you know of a resource that's not on this list but you think should be, please don't hesitate to let me know!
THEater & Performance
Projects—some ongoing—that research, document, explore, and/or interpret early modern plays in performance.
Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT)
Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT)
Sites to Generate Cue Scripts
THE BOOK TRADE
Databases and digitized books that help track the publication of plays in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Transcript of the Stationers’ Register (1554-1640) (via Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections)
Transcript of the Stationers’ Register (1640-1708) (via Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections)
British Book Trade Index (BBTI)
London Book Trades (LBT)
Printers & Publishers' Devices in England & Scotland, 1485-1640 (McKerrow) (via archive.org)
A couple of resources to help find and view all kinds of manuscripts, including ones of and related to early modern plays.
digital texts & IMAGES
Sites that feature full texts—whether facsimiles, transcriptions, or high-resolution images—of early modern plays. (See Sarah Werner's helpful post about reuse policies for digital image collections, in particular.)
Lost Plays Database (LPD)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) [PSU login required]
Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) [PSU login required]
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) [PSU login required]
First Folios (via sarahwerner.net)
Shakespeare in Quarto (British Library)
The Shakespeare Quarto Archive (British Library)
The Quartos of William Shakespeare (Rare Book Room)
Understanding Shakespeare (JSTOR)
Shakespeare Documented (Folger)
Workes (1616) (SCETI)
Workes (1616) (Meisei)
Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher
Fifty Comedies and Tragedies (1679) (Google Books)
Broadside Ballads Online (Bodleian Library)
General catalogues of early printed books, as well as those of specific libraries with remarkable sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama holdings.
Catalogues for Collections with Strong Early Modern Drama Holdings
Folger Shakespeare Library (Hamnet)
National Art Library (V&A Museum)
Tools to study the language, makers, geographies, social networks, &c, of early modern plays.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) [PSU login required]
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) [PSU login required]
Map of Early Modern London (MoEML)
Paleography Tutorials (via Folgerpedia)
Blogs that often deal with text, performance, &/or the remediation of early modern drama.