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Research resources for theatre courses offered at Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.

What are LC Class Numbers and Subjects?

Items in the catalog are assigned Subject Headings in the catalog.  Subject Headings are meant to capture the most essential themes and content of the material (books, recordings, eResources, etc.).  When you search by subjects, you are able to find a smaller collection of items that share the same essential subject matter.  In catalog records, subjects are hyperlinked so that you can click on related subjects to browse related groups of items. You can also combine subjects in searches to get narrower results.


At Butler University, all of the libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.  For those accustomed to the Dewey Decimal System, the LC System may look strange because it combines letters and numbers. Every LC call number begins with a letter or letters which designate the general subject of the material and knowing helpful classification numbers will help you browse the catalog and the stacks for related material.


LC Classification Numbers

Classifications for General Theatre Browsing:


GT 500-GT 2289 Costumes -- History/Description PN 2131-PN 2145 Ancient Theatre History
GT 2290-GT 2341 Hair, cosmetics PN 2152-PN 2160 Medieval theatre history
GT 1747 Masks PN 2171-PN 2179 Renaissance theatre history
NA Architecture PN 2181-PN 2193 Modern theatre history
ND 2885 Scene painting PN 3035 The Jewish Theatre
NK 8802-NK8998 Textile arts PN 6110.5-PN6120 Play collections
PN 1600-PN 3307 Drama PR 621-PR 739 English literature-drama
PN 2068 Make-up PR 641-PR739 History of drama literature
PN 2091 .E4 Electric devices; stage lighting PS 330-PS 352 American literature-drama
PN 2091 .S8 Stage settings; scenery TS 545-TT850 Costumes -- Construction
PN 2061-PN 2071 Art of acting VIDEOS:
PN 2085-PN 2901 The stage and accessories PN 471-PR 5397 Various plays and videos relating to theatre
PN 2091 .S6 Sound effects

LC Classes for Browsing Shakespeare Resources:


PR 2199-3195 - English renaissance (1500-1640)

PR 3291-3785 - 17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)


PR 2750 -Original quartos and facsimiles and reprints

PR 2750.A01-.A73 - Original editions

PR 2750.B01-.B73 - Facsimiles and reprints

PR 2751 - Collected works

PR 2752-2754 - Modern editions

PR 2761 - Comedies

PR 2762 - Histories

PR 2763 - Tragedies

PR 2892 - Concordances, dictionaries, indexes, quotations


PR 3001 - Philosophy

PR 3011-3012 - Religion

PR 3017 - Politics

PR 3034 - The arts: music, painting, theater, etc.

PR 3069.S45 - Sex role

LC Subject Headings



Black theater

Chamber theater

Children's plays

Community theater



Drama--History and criticism

Dramatic criticsm

Englihs drama--Restoration, 1660-1700--History and criticism

Experimental theater

Feminism and theater

Feminist theater

Fletcher, John, 1579-1625--Criticism and interpretation

Gay theater




Musical theater

Mysteries and musical plays

Repertory theater

Scene painting

Set designers

Shakespeare, William, 1554-1616--Comedies

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Characters--Women

Stage lighting

Stage machinery

Stage props





Theater--Great Britain--History


Theater--Law and legislation

Theater--Moral and ethical aspects

Theater--Politicial aspects

Theater--Production and direction


Theater and society

Theater and the aged

Theater audiences

Theater critics

Theater curtains

Theater management

Theater of the absurd

Theater programs

theater rehearsals


Theaters--Sound effects

Teaters--Stage setting and scenery

Theatrical agents

Theatrical companies

Theatrical producers and directors

Theatrical publishing

Actors -- Great Britain -- Biography

Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918

Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923

Betterton, Thomas, 1635?-1710

Bracegirdle, Anne, 1663?-1748

Congreve, William, 1670-1729

Dramatists, English--Early modern, 1500-1700--Biography--Dictionaries

English drama --Restoration, 1660-1700--Bio-bibliography--Dictionaries

English drama -- Restoration, 1660-1700 -- History and criticism

English drama--18th century

Etherege, George, 1635?-1691

French drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism

German drama--18th century--History and criticism

Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781

Saint James' Theatre (London, England)

Sturm und Drang movement

Theater--England--History--17th century

Theater--England -- London--18th century--History

Theater--France--History--19th century

Theeatrical managers--Great Britain--Biography

Vanbrugh, John, Sir, 1664-1726

Wycherley, William, 1640-1716

Aeschylus -- Criticism and interpretation

Aristophanes -- Criticism and interpretation

Aristophanes. Wasps

Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689 -- Criticism and interpretation

Congreve, William, 1670-1729

Corneille, Pierre, 1606-1684 -- Criticism and interpretation.

Dramatists, English--Early modern, 1500-1700--Biography--Dictionaries

English drama --Restoration, 1660-1700--Bio-bibliography--Dictionaries

English drama -- Restoration, 1660-1700 -- History and criticism

English drama--18th century

Euripides. Medea

French drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism

French literature -- 17th century -- History and criticism

Greek drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism

Greek drama (Tragedy)

Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637 -- Political and social views

Kyd, Thomas, 1558-1594 -- Criticism and interpretation

London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 16th century

Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593

Mythology, Greek -- Drama

Politics and literature -- England -- History -- 16th century

Racine, Jean, 1639-1699 -- Criticism and interpretation

Theater--England--History--17th century

Theater -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century

Theater--England -- London--18th century--History

Theater--France--History--19th century

Theater--Moral and ethical aspects

Theater--Politicial aspects

Theater and society

Wycherley, William, 1640-1716

Aging in literature
Androgyny (Psychology) in literature
Dramatists, English - Early modern, 1500-1700 - Biography - History and criticism
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 - Relations with authors
England - Civilization - 16th century
England - Intellectual life - 16th century
English drama - 17th century - History and criticism
English drama - Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 - History and criticism
English drama - Italian influences
Families - England - History - 16th century
Feminism in literature
Great Britain - History - Elizabeth, 1558-1603
Group identity in literature
Literature and society - England - History - 16th century
National characteristics in literature
Politics and literature - Great Britain - History - 16th century
Politics and literature - Great Britain - History - 17th century
Politics in literature
Religion and literature - England - History - 16th century
Sex role in the theater
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Characters - Women - Dictionaries
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Criticism and interpretation
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Film adaptations
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Knowledge - Economics
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Knowledge - Italy
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Macbeth
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Philosophy
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Political and social views
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Relations with literary patrons
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 - Religion
Sovereignty in literature
Theater and society - England - History - 16th century
Theater - England - History - 16th century
Transvestism in literature
Witchcraft - England - History - 16th century
Women - England - History - Renaissance, 1450-1600
Women in literature

Beauty culture -- United States -- History

Clothing and dress -- Assyria

Clothing and dress -- History

Clothing and dress -- History -- To 500

Clothing and dress -- History -- Medieval, 500-1500

Clothing and dress -- Byzantine Empire -- History

Clothing and dress -- Egypt -- History

Clothing and dress -- Greece -- History

Clothing and dress -- Iran

Clothing and dress -- Rome -- History

Clothing and dress in art


Costume bibliography

Costume design

Costume designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography --Dictionaries

Costume -- History

Fashion -- History

Footwear -- History

Hairdressing -- History

Hairdressing of African Americans

Hairstyles -- Encyclopedias

Hairstyles -- History

Jewelry -- History


Mask making


Shoes -- History



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