DECADE RESEARCH: TWENTIETH CENTURY //

This is a guide on how to browse 20th century national/world art events by the decade in which they appeared, using selected resources in the Greenfield Library at the University of the Arts. Use it as a jumping-off point in your research. Once you have found names, places, titles, etc., you can consult many additional sources not listed in this guide. Send any questions about this topic to Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference Librarian, MCastaldi@uarts.edu.

Searching by Decade

If you want to do a BROAD SEARCH to find the many books, exhibition catalogs, and dvds that focus on one or more decades, do any of the following KEYWORD SEARCHES in the library catalog:

LIMIT the above searches by ANDing a term:

  • SEARCH (for example) DRAMA AND (FIFTIES OR 50S OR 1950S)
REF before the call number indicates location in the Reference Section and library in-use only.


Timelines of the Arts & General Events

The following books contain information organized by year. Most cover the 20th century up to the mid-1990s.

Chronology of Science and Discovery.
Isaac Asimov. HarperCollins, 1994.
REF Q125 .A765 1994



Timelines of the Arts and Literature.
David M. Brownstone. HarperCollins, c1994.
REF NX447.5 .B76 1994



Chronicle of the 20th Century.
John W. Kirshon, editor. Dorling Kindersley, c1995.
REF D422 .C53 1995



American Chronicle: Seven Decades in American Life, 1920-1989.
Lois G. Gordon. Crown, c1990.
REF E169.1 .G664 1990



The Timetables of History: a Horizontal Linkage of People and Events.
Bernard Grun. Simon & Schuster, c1991.
REF D11 .G78 1991



History of the Internet: a Chronology, 1843 to the Present.
Christos J.P. Moschovitis, et al. ABC-CLIO, 1999.
TK5105.875.I57 H58 1999



The New York Times Guide to the Arts of the 20th Century.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 2002.
CONTENTS v.1. 1900-1929 --v.2. 1930-1959 --v.3. 1960-1979 --v.4. 1980-1999.
REF NX456 .N49 2002 v.1-4
The Wilson Chronology of the Arts.
George Ochoa and Melinda Corey. H.W. Wilson Co., 1998.
REF N5306 .O26 1998



Our Times: the Illustrated History of the 20th Century.
Lorraine Glennon., editor in chief. Turner Pub., c1995.
REF D422 .O89 1995



St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.
Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast, editors. St. James Press, c2000.
REF E169.1 .S764 2000 v.1-5



ARTS--CHRONOLOGY
ARTS,MODERN--20TH CENTURY
HISTORY,MODERN--20TH CENTURY--CHRONOLOGY
HISTORY,MODERN--20TH CENTURY--PICTORIAL WORKS
CHRONOLOGY,HISTORICAL--TABLES
POPULAR CULTURE--UNITED STATES--HISTORY--20TH CENTURY
UNITED STATES--CIVILIZATION--20TH CENTURY

Plays / Playwrights

THE FOLLOWING DATABASE ALLOWS YOU TO FIND PLAYS BY YEAR:
North American Theater Online    select years under Tables of Contents

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THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALLOW YOU TO FIND PLAYS BY YEAR:
Best American Plays.
Crown Publishers.
812.008 B464    [plays from 1909-1919]



The Best Plays.
various Publishers.
PS634 .B4 1967-73, 7th ser.    [plays from 1967-73]



Show Time: a Chronology of Broadway and the Theatre from its Beginnings to the Present.
Gene Brown. Macmillan USA, c1997.
REF PN2277.N5 B69 1997


American Theatre: a Chronicle of Comedy and Drama.
Oxford University Press.
REF PN2277.N5 H57 2001    [in 4 books: 1869-1914; 1914-1930; 1930-1969; 1969-2000]



THE FOLLOWING BOOKS CONTAIN CHRONOLOGIES:

American Feminist Playwrights: a Critical History.
Sally Burke. Twayne Publishers, c1996.
PS338.F45 B87 1996    [pp. 213-227]



AMERICAN DRAMA--20TH CENTURY
DRAMA--20TH CENTURY
THEATER--UNITED STATES--PERIODICALS
AMERICAN DRAMA--WOMEN AUTHORS--HISTORY & CRITICISM
FEMINISM & THEATER
WOMEN & LITERATURE--UNITED STATES
ENGLISH DRAMA--20TH CENTURY

Novels / Short Stories / Novelists

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALLOW YOU TO FIND STORIES BY YEAR:
The Best American Short Stories ...
Houghton Mifflin company, [1916-
PS659.2 .B475 2017



The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
John Updike, editor. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
PS648 .S5 B45 2000    [Contents p. v]



THE FOLLOWING BOOKS CONTAIN CHRONOLOGIES:

Reference Guide to Short Fiction.
Noelle Watson, editor. St. James Press, c1994.
REF PN3373 .R36 1994    [pp. xxix-xxxii]



The Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present.
Roger M. Valade III, editor. Gale Research, c1996.
REF Z1039.B56 V36 1995    [pp. xvii-xxvi]



AMERICAN LITERATURE--20TH CENTURY
LITERATURE--BLACK AUTHORS
LITERATURE--MODERN--20TH CENTURY
BLACKS IN LITERATURE
FICTION--20TH CENTURY
AMERICAN FICTION--20TH CENTURY
SHORT STORIES, AMERICAN

Film / Filmmakers

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALLOW YOU TO FIND FILMS BY YEAR:
75 Years of the Oscar: the Official History of the Academy Awards.
Robert Osborne. Abbeville Press, c2003.
REF PN1993.92 .O82 2003


A History of Narrative Film.
David A. Cook. 3rd ed. W.W. Norton, c1996.
PN1993.5.A1 C65 2016



Film Review Index.
Patricia K. Hanson, Stephen L. Hanson, editors. Oryx Press, 1986-
REF Z5784.M9 F513 1986 v.1-2



International Film Guide: the Definitive Annual Review of World Cinema. REF PN1993.3 .I545    [2008-2012]




The New York Times Film Reviews.
New York Times.
REF PN1995 .N4    [1913-1998]



ACCESS online ALL NYT FILM REVIEWS: search by year, genre, title or country

MOTION PICTURES--UNITED STATES--HISTORY
MOTION PICTURES--HISTORY
MOTION PICTURES--REVIEWS

Visual Arts / Artists

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALLOW YOU TO FIND VISUAL MATERIAL BY YEAR:
All-American Ads.
Taschen.
See catalog    [separate editions for every decade except 40s & 90s]



History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography.
H. Harvard Arnason. 6th ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010.
N6490 .A713 2010



Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism.
Hal Foster et al. Thames & Hudson, c2016.
N6490 .A7186 2016 v.2



A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art.
Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press, 1998.
REF N6490 .C5317 1998



Art in the Modern Era: a Guide to Styles, Schools & Movements: 1860 to the Present.
Amy Dempsey. Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
REF N6490 .D415 2002



Twentieth-Century Pattern Design: Textile & Wallpaper Pioneers.
Lesley Jackson.. Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.
NK8805 .J33 2002



The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Design since 1900.
Guy Julier. 2nd ed. Thames and Hudson, 2005.
REF NK1390 .J85 2005    [chronology p. 216]



The Prestel Dictionary of Art and Artists of the 20th Century.
Prestel, c2000.
REF N33 .P74 2000



Twentieth Century Artists on Art: an Index to Writings, Statements, and Interviews by Artists, Architects, and Designers.
Jack Robertson. 2nd enl. ed. G.K. Hall, c1996.
REF NX456 .R59 1996



ART,MODERN--20TH CENTURY
ARTS,AMERICAN--20TH CENTURY
ART,AMERICAN--20TH CENTURY
ART,EUROPEAN--20TH CENTURY
DESIGN HISTORY--20TH CENTURY
PAINTING,AMERICAN--20TH CENTURY
PAINTING,MODERN--20TH CENTURY
AVANT-GARDE--HISTORY--20TH CENTURY
SCULPTURE,MODERN--20TH CENTURY

Dance / Dancers

Ballet and Modern Dance.
Susan Au. Thames & Hudson, c2012.
GV1787 .A79 2012



International Dictionary of Ballet.
Martha Bremser, editor. St. James Press, c1993.
REF GV1585 .I57 1993 v.1-2



MODERN DANCE--HISTORY
MODERN DANCE--UNITED STATES
BALLET--HISTORY

Music

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALLOW YOU TO FIND MUSIC MATERIAL BY YEAR:
Broadway Musicals Show by Show.
Hal Leonard Publishing, c1991 [2006].
CONTENTS v.1. 1891-1916 --v.2. 1917-1929 --v.3. 1930-1939 --v.4. 1940-1949 --v.5. 1950-1959 --v.6. 1960-1971 --v.7. 1972-1988 --v.8. 1989-2005.
MUSIC REF M1507 .B77 1991 8 vols.
Chronology of Western Classical Music [1751-2000].
Charles J. Hall. Routledge, c2002.
MUSIC REF ML161 .H35C4 2002 2 vols



A Chronicle of American Music, 1700-1995.
Charles J. Hall. Schirmer Books, c1996.
MUSIC REF ML200 .H35C4 1996



Hollywood Song: the Complete Film & Musical Companion.
Ken Bloom. Facts on File, c1995.
MUSIC REF ML128 .M7B6 1995 3 vols


Music Since 1900.
Nicolas Slonimsky. 5th ed. Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994.
MUSIC REF ML197 .S634M8 1994



Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America: 1888 to the Present.
Robert Lissauer. Paragon House, 1991.
MUSIC REF ML128 .P63L5 1991



A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Composers (1911-1971).
Kenneth Thompson. St. Martin's Press [1973].
MUSIC REF ML118 .T473D4



MUSIC--20TH CENTURY
POPULAR MUSIC--20TH CENTURY
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