Welcome to the Online Collection Guide
This collection spans six centuries of French Drama: it boasts single titles and complete works, as well as stage adaptations and translations. The collection also encompasses poems and prose pieces intended for dramatic presentation. Some of the notable titles in the French Drama collection include an early edition of L'habitant de la Guadeloupe (1796) --one of the six plays staged by Louis-Sebastien Mercier in the provinces or at Boulevard theatres because of the Comédie-Française's opposition. The collection contains canonical plays by Molière and Alexandre Dumas, père, such as Antony (1831) as well as rare plays, such as the L'ogresse, ou un mois au Pérou (1843) and Le Calife de Bagdad (1829). A few of the contemporary authors featured are Jean-Paul Sartre, Marcel Aymé, Henry de Montherlant, and Françoise Sagan. The publication of such a large body of French drama in microform offers a wealth of research opportunities.
The Online Guide to the Collection is a web-based search tool covering over 14,403 titles in the French Drama collection. This tool allows the researcher to search the contents of the entire collection by keyword, date, title, author, and publication information giving pinpoint access to the original documents, preserved on microfilm. Search results will indicate the individual reels of microfilm where the documents are located and can also yield lists of all indexed documents relating to the search criteria.