Primary sources include historical accounts, images, diaries, government documents-- any materials that were created at the time of the events you're studying. These resources will help you find digitized primary sources and artistic representations of costumes, theaters, and productions.
Free Online Resources
Newspapers are important valuable resources and can be primary sources for things like reviews of performances, interviews with artists, photographs, story ideas. Newspaper articles may include unique data for local areas, based on local reports or gathered by the journalist. Check out the following news databases for both current & historical topics. This is just a small selection of the newspaper databases we have access to. This link will take you to a more comprehensive list http://guides.library.uwm.edu/az.php?s=11492