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Theatre: Scene Design: Online Resources

Resources to help you research and create sets & scenery elements that are historically accurate

Databases of Images

These databases contain images that may be useful for designing sets for a particular time and place.

The Art of Visual Storytelling

Searching for Places

If you're looking for images of a particular place and time, try searching Google Images with terms like this:

historic photos midwest logging camp
historic photos mississippi river steamboat

Remember when you are searching online that there are two ways to spell it: theater and theater. If you search for theat* it will look for both (and theatrical, theaters, etc.)

Google Image Search allows you to filter out images that are free of copyright restrictions. Click "Tools" and choose from the list of Usage Rights.

Online Resources for Scene/Set Design