Theatre: Scenic & Prop Design

This guide provides links to basic theatre research: history, design, acting, production, scripts, videos, and careers.

Scenic Design Research

When preparing to design sets and props for a show, you take into consideration many factors: the play’s setting location, time period, and characters’ professions, to name a few.  The same should be true for doing set and prop design research. Go to the main Production & Design page for suggestions on how to do this.

To find scenery-, architecture-, and interior design-related materials at Marriott Library, go to the Library Catalog's Advanced Search mode, change the drop-down menu option from "Any" to "Subject". Copy your choice from the suggested Subjects below and paste it into the Subject search box. Clik "Search", then narrow the results by clicking on the Subject links in the Refine My Results column on the left-hand side. (Be sure to click on "More Options" at the bottom of the list to see even more Subject refining options.)

Interior decoration, Decorative arts, Decoration and ornament, Folk art, Material culture, Dwellings, House furnishings, Stage-setting and scenery, Landscape gardening, “Architecture, domestic”, Space (Architecture).

Specific types of objects and materials may also be searched:
Cutlery, Wallpaper, Leather, “Implements, utensils, etc.”, Textile fabrics, Rugs, Tapestry, Lamps, Mosaics,  etc.

Study of Scenic Design and Theater Buildings

Go to the Library Catalog's Advanced Search mode, change the drop-down menu option from "Any" to "Subject". Copy your choice from the suggested Subjects below and paste it into the Subject search box.

  • Scene Painting
  • Set Designers
  • Show-Windows
  • Stage Machinery
  • Stage Props
  • Theater Architecture
  • Theater -- Pictorial works
  • Theaters -- Design and Construction
  • Theaters -- Design and Plans
  • Theaters -- Special Effects
  • Theaters -- Stage Setting and Scenery

Technical Manuals

Scenic Design Resources in Library Databases

Inspiration for designs can come from works of visual art, architecture, and performances. All the databases listed below focus primarily on visual content and are provided through a subscription paid, in part or entirely, by Marriott Library. These resources can be accessed by anyone using a computer on-campus or who has an active uNID account off-campus.

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