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Theater Arts

supporting research for actors, playwrights, directors, and performers

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has an extensive Theater collection as well as a Costumes and Textiles collection.

The Theater Collection at the Museum of the City of New York contains over 200,000 accessioned objects that document theatrical performance in New York City from 1785 to present day Broadway productions. The Collection contains a wide range of material types such as annotated scripts, articles, contracts, correspondence, design renderings, drawings, ephemera, memorabilia, photographs, personal papers, posters, prints, props, scores, sheet music, scrapbooks, window cards, 3-D objects, and architectural elements.

The Museum of the City of New York’s Costume and Textiles Collection is one of the foremost repositories of New York City-centric attire, and is distinguished by its interpretation of clothing not only as a medium of aesthetic merit but as one of social commentary.

New York Public Library Resources

All Pace students can apply for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card.  The New York Public Library has branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.  Brooklyn and Queens have separate public library systems.  

Before searching for NYPL resources, use the links below to apply for a library card, find the location that's most convenient for you, and check that the location is open for grab and go service. 

New York State Archives