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General guide to print and online resources for theater studies

Resources for Theatrical Design

This page lists resources that are available through the libraries or online that may be useful for theatrical design.

These include primary sources for inspiration, technical manuals, and information about various styles.

You can also search across the entire Rutgers University Libraries using the QuickSearch bar below.



Browse the Collections

Browsing the collections in the Rutgers University Libraries can be an excellent way to come across inspiration and background information for your designs. 

The Libraries are organized by the Library of Congress call number system, which organizes books by subject. The call number ranges below will be helpful, but there may be more specific ranges for your production in the entire LOC outline.

Most relevant sections:

  • GT – Fashion

    • GT1740 – Theatrical Costumes

  • N – Visual Arts 

  • NA – Architecture 

  • NK – Decorative Art  

    • Includes religious art, furniture, rugs and carpets, tapestries, wallpaper, ceramics, costumes, glass, textiles, woodwork 

  • PN 1600 - PN 3307 – Drama

    • PN 2085 - PN 2091 – Stagecraft, lighting, scenery design

  • TR – Photography  

  • TS – Manufactures 

  • TT – Handicraft

    • Includes furniture making, metalworking, clothing manufacture, hair dressing, beauty culture
    • TT 507 – Costume and fashion design

Primary Source Magazines in the Libraries

Douglass Library Bound Periodicals (ordered by Title)

General Image Resources

Lighting Resources

Costume Design Resources

Set Design Resources


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