Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms. The database includes an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds. Users browse, search, click, and then listen to the music over the Internet through their headphones or speakers.
Silent Film Online launches with 300 streaming online titles and will more than double in size by completion. Together, these films represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated by Alexander Street's editors and Video Advisory Board, the collection covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s. It includes the most complete, authoritative versions of the highest quality from leading distributors such as Kino Lorber, Lobster Films, Flicker Alley, and Image Entertainment.
Opera in Video contains 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries, and then delivered online through streaming video. Selections represent the world's best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work's importance to the operatic canon. The result is a dynamic and powerful resource for performers, researchers, and students.
Whether in awards, production, or publication, plays by women have rarely received the attention they deserve. Of the seventy-eight Pulitzer prizes for drama awarded since the inception of the prize in 1901, only eight have gone to women. From 1958 to 1981, not one woman received this prize. North American Women's Drama aims to bring these writings the attention they deserve, by publishing the full text of 1,500 plays written from colonial times to the present by more than 100 women from the United States and Canada. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print.
North American Theatre Online is the largest reference initiative ever undertaken in this subject area, a major reference tool containing tens of thousands of pages of key, in-copyright reference works available electronically for the first time. It's the tool for cross-searching all the Alexander Street Press full-text drama collections available in your library, as well. North American Theatre Online contains semantically indexed detail records that link users to a world of information at hundreds of editorially selected sites on the Web.
North American Indian Drama brings together the full text of more than 200 plays representing the stories and creative energies of American Indian and First Nation playwrights of the 20th century. Many of the plays are previously unpublished or hard to find, and they represent a wealth of dramatic material that is often overlooked or inaccessible.
New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present, an online streaming video collection, delivers approximately 200 full length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and the Global Films Initiative, along with approximately fifty award-winning shorts. ,
For music appreciation and research, ideally you would have complete and integrated access to every possible related resource.
"A rich and deeply-indexed resource for jazz recordings. . . Feature-rich and easy to use. Its indexing provides detailed access to genres, time periods. . .
With Dance in Video, Alexander Street Press captures dance performances from the stage and brings them directly to your computer screen through online streaming video--including 250 dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the twentieth century. Dance as an art form is ephemeral--there are rarely scripts to study, no commonly used notation to analyze--making a live performance vital for study and research. Dance in Video provides the visual element necessary for appreciation and analysis.