What Were They Wearing?
- Encyclopedia of World Costume by Doreen Yarwood (1978). Arranged alphabetically. Dated and eurocentric, but useful for brief articles and definitions. Illustrated.
- The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion 1550-1920 byJack Cassin-Scott (1986). Arranged chronologically. Also eurocentric. Illustrations are full color.
- Fashion Collections from the NYPL digital catalog.
- The Worldwide History of Dress by Patricia Rieff Anawalt (2007). GT 507 .A539 2007
- Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (2005). 3 vols. Reference Collection GT 507 .E53 2005
- Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010). 10 vols. Reference Collection GT 507 .E54 2010
What Was Their Slang?
While a Google search might be appropriate to find current slang, a slang dictionary could be useful for finding lingo for particular eras or regions. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is also a great source when you need to learn more about an unfamiliar word or idiom. For example, not sure what wool-gathering means? The OED defines it as "to indulge in wandering fancies or purposeless thinking; to be in a dreamy or absent-minded state."
Please be aware that dictionaries may contain words that are vulgar, culturally insensitive, or derogative.
Here are some other resources:
Some Other Useful Resources
Since dramaturgy research can involve so many aspects of both major events and daily life anywhere in the world and during any time period, it would be impossible to list all of the resources available through OU libraries. Here are some other guides that might help.
- African & African American Studies
- Dance History
- Digital Resources for the Humanities
- English-language Literature
- Film and Media Studies
- History: Primary Sources
- Interior Design
- LGBTQ Guide
- Music History
- Native American Studies
- Newspapers & Magazines
- Oklahoma History
- World Music Resources
What Were They Reading and Listening To?
The Media Resource Center (MRC), a service of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, is a working library of time-based (non-book) materials: CDs, videos, digital audio tapes (DATs) and regular cassette tapes, digital video discs (DVDs) and long-playing records (LPs). These are available to anyone who wishes to use them in the Ruby Grant Fine Arts Library, located in Catlett Hall.
What Were They Doing?
- The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life (2004). 6 vols. Bizzell Memorial Library Reference Collection GT 31 .G74 2004