Dramatic Art Collection Development Policy


To support the scholarship of Dramatic Art faculty and students from the Department of Dramatic Art and the Division of Dance. Dramatic Art degree programs include a BA in dramatic art, BFA in theatre, MA and PhD. Both the BFA and BA programs are designed to provide a background in theatre arts and dramatic literature & theory. The graduate programs explore all aspects of performing arts and relate the academic study of theatre to interdisciplinary fields. The collection also serves the work of other faculty members and students in the Division o f Humanities of Fine Arts as well as some social science disciplines.




Subject Areas: Acting, classical theatre, costuming, creative writing & literature, directing, ethnic & cultural performance, international theatre, musical theatre, performance art, playwriting, social theatre, stage design, and theatre history. Subject areas are becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and materials are acquired in consultation with other Dramatic Art specialists as appropriate.

Language: Materials collected are primarily in English or English translation. Works written in other languages are also acquired depending on the availability of the items and research needs of faculty members.

Chronological limits: There are no chronological limits applicable for this collection.

Date of publication: Most materials selected for acquisition are published in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Geographical areas: Materials collected are predominately from the United States and England. Materials from Spanish speaking countries, Canada, Africa, and Asia are also collected.




The following types of materials are acquired: audiovisual materials, monographs, playscripts and serials. North American university press titles are received on approval, and other materials are selected individually. Subscriptions to journals are entered and maintained in consultation with faculty.

Primary Source materials and original documents that relate to performing arts and theatre are housed in the Davidson Library Special Collections Department.

Hard copy (paper) publications of monographs are emphasized with an occasional electronic book. Journal access may be print or electronic. To maximize limited resources, most journals will NOT be available in more than one format; in general, electronic versions are preferred, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access.

Materials are collected in all formats. Electronic materials are acquired, particularly electronic journals.

Reprints are generally not acquired unless augmented, revised, or containing some other new intellectual material. Textbooks are not actively selected.



Students, faculty and staff of UCSB have access to Interlibrary Loan services for obtaining materials from other campuses. For some acquisitions, other UC campus dramatic art, theatre, and performance art information specialists are consulted for shared collection development decisions.

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Author: Jane Faulkner
Policy Last Updated: September 2011