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Theodore Fuchs papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 125

Scope and Contents

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 Includes correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished studies of stage lighting, records of completed stage lighting projects, engineering drawings, teaching materials, theater workshop records, and various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.


  • 1921-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


72 boxes (36 linear ft.)

3 containers (12 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



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.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Purchased; 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 2015.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

See also Theodore Fuchs photographs (MSS P 157).


Photographs have been transferred to the Photo Archives of BYU under the number MSS P 157. Gift of Theodore Fuchs, 1974.

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.

Register of Theodore Fuchs papers
Amy Perez
2011 February 25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States