Theodore Fuchs papers

Theodore Fuchs papers

Dates: 1921-1978

Contains holographs, typescripts, drawings, and printed materials. Includes correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished studies of stage lighting, records of completed stage lighting projects, engineering drawings, teaching materials, theater workshop records, and various personal materials. Dates from between 1921 and 1978.

  • Extent: 72 boxes (36 linear ft.). -- 3 containers (12 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Fuchs, Theodore
  • Call Number: MSS 125
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in eleven series: 1. Correspondence, 1929-76. 2. Writings, 1926-1968. 3. Registered theater engineer and consultant, 1934-1977. 4. Engineering drawings, sketches, and blueprints, 1934-1978. 5. Professional organizations, 1950-1974. 6. Lighting designer, 1938-1957. 7. Professor at Northwestern University, 1927-1967. 8. Director of the Northwestern Theatre Workshop, approximately 1950-1960. 9. Productions, 1931-1959. 10. Reference materials, 1929-1963. 11. Personal materials, approximately 1925-1980.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Theodore Fuchs papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Photographs have been transferred to the Photo Archives of BYU under the number MSS P 157. Gift of Theodore Fuchs, 1974.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 125; Theodore Fuchs papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 125, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased; 2015.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; 2015.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. ="onRequest" ="" ="new" title="The Theodore Fuchs Collection"
Related Material
See also Theodore Fuchs photographs (MSS P 157)
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Media and Communication; Theater management; Theater architecture; Stage lighting; Theaters--Lighting; Fuchs, Theodore; Fuchs, Theodore--Archives
Processing Information
Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Fuchs (Theodore) papers
Finding Aid Author
Amy Perez
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-02-29 11:39:03 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Theodore Fuchs was a theatrical lighting designer, engineer and consultant, as well as a professor of theater at Northwestern University.

Born in 1904, Theodore Fuchs graduated from high school at age 15, and graduated from college with degrees in both chemical and electrical engineering by age 19. After graduating, Fuchs joined the staff at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a professor of theater. He collaborated with other professors on on experiments with engineering and the aesthetics of lighting that developed the technology, system, and vocabulary of the stage.

In 1929, Fuchs published "Stage Lighting," one of the earliest theatrical lighting texts. In 1970, 42 years after taking the position at Northwestern University, Fuchs retired. At the Kansas City Conference in 1980, he was presented with the USITT award for his contributions to the theatre.

Fuchs passed away some time later.

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