Consult these links to learn more about Shakespeare in American life.
Shakespeare in Performance (US)
Shakespeare in American History
Shakespeare Societies in the US
US Shakespeare Research Centers
US Shakespeare Publications
Other Sites of Interest
Shakespeare in Performance (US):
For links to US Shakespeare festivals, see the Find a Festival map on this website. For links to festivals and theaters, see Find a Performance on the Shakespeare USA map. For a look at upcoming Shakespeare performances in the US, see the Calendar on this site.
Other Internet resources on US Shakespeare performances include:
Internet Broadway Database
The official source for information on Broadway productions from the 1700s to today. Try searching for “Shakespeare” or the titles of specific plays.
Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database
Information on Off-Broadway shows in Manhattan for the last several decades, including current shows. The Lucille Lortel Foundation is working backward through time to continue expanding the period covered by the database. Search for “Shakespeare” or the names of the plays.
Shakespeare in American Communities
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts
Shakespeare Theatre Association of America
An organization of American theaters whose central activity is to produce Shakespeare’s plays
Mr. William Shakespeare on the Internet / Festivals
This festivals list is part of a mega-site on all things Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in American History:
Massachusetts Historical Society / Adams Family Papers
Includes letters by John and Abigail Adams, both as digital images and as searchable text; look for “Shakespeare” to find numerous quotations within the letters.
Mount Gulian Historic Site
The family home of Gulian Verplanck, editor of the first major American illustrated edition of the plays
This National Archives website includes links to all the presidential libraries in the National Archives system and information for presidents from before that time. Many presidential libraries include online indexes to speeches, press conferences, and correspondence, which you can search for Shakespeare, specific names of plays, or other topics of interest.
Shakespeare Societies in the US:
San Diego Shakespeare Society
Shakespeare Association of America
A professional association for the advanced study of Shakespeare’s works and times
The Shakespeare Society
Based in New York
Wellesley College Shakespeare Society
One of the nation’s oldest continuously active Shakespeare societies. Short portions of a group discussion by society members are included in the radio documentary.
US Shakespeare Research Centers:
Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library created and hosts this website. Its Shakespeare programs for the public include exhibitions, performances, educational outreach, family programs, publications, the “Discover Shakespeare” section of its website, and the Elizabethan Garden.
Furness Shakespeare Library
Portions of the Furness collection of Shakespeare materials are available through the University of Pennsylvania’s Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
In addition to its Shakespeare Garden, the Huntington holds some of Shakespeare’s early printed works. Check for exhibitions in the Library Exhibition Halls.
Library of Congress / American Memory project
Selected multimedia materials from the American past, including text, photos, prints, video, and audio clips. Look for “Shakespeare” for a broad cross-section of Shakespeare in American popular culture.
Library of Congress / Research Centers
Learn more about Shakespeare-related materials (including Shakespeare-inspired musicals) in the library’s motion picture, television, performing arts, photographs, and recorded sound collections under “Special Formats and Genres.”
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
A wealth of information on the library’s holdings on past US stage productions, including many Shakespeare plays. Explore the Billy Rose Theatre Collection for information on recorded stage productions and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound for audio material. Archival video and audio holdings must generally be reviewed on site at the library.
Washington Area Performing Arts Archive (WAPAVA)
Search the online catalog of recorded Washington-area stage productions for information on the director, theater, and other details. Videos of the productions can be viewed by appointment on site.
US Shakespeare Publications:
A Journal of Performance, Criticism, and Scholarship
More than 50 years of Shakespeare research and scholarship
A journal for Shakespearean and Elizabethan studies
Other Sites of Interest:
For links to a variety of US Shakespeare destinations, including Shakespeare gardens, public statues, and replicas of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, see More Shakespeare Destinations on the Shakespeare USA map on this website.
ASL Shakespeare Project
Twelfth Night translated into American Sign Language, the culmination of a year-long collaboration between two deaf and two hearing artists at Yale.
Bob Armstrong’s Old Jigsaw Puzzles
Antique jigsaw puzzles, including a collection of Shakespeare scene puzzles. Two are included in this website and in the 2007 Folger exhibition, Shakespeare in American Life.
The Hobart Shakespeareans
Nationally recognized program at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles, taught by Rafe Esquith
The Hobart Shakespeareans (the documentary)
Documentary film on the program at Hobart Elementary School
Judaica Sound Archives
Includes historic Yiddish-language recordings, some Shakespeare-related; a part of Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Nantucket Historical Association
The Nantucket Historical Association supplied a playbill for Othello from a whaling-ship performance for this website.
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Shakespeare program at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky
Shakespeare Behind Bars (the documentary)
Documentary film on the Shakespeare Behind Bars program
William Holmes McGuffey Museum
Generations of Americans first encountered Shakespeare in short excerpts in William McGuffey’s McGuffey Readers.
The main Folger Shakespeare Library site also includes additional resources for teachers, information on the history of Folger Shakespeare Library and its founders, more general material on William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare for Kids.