Northwestern

Mitchell, Lee (1906-1988) Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
20/14

Dates

  • 1929-1983 (Creation)

Extents

  • 7.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The Lee Mitchell Papers consist of a variety of materials which reflect his activities as an educator, stage designer, author, and director of theater productions. The collection materials related to the plays directed by Mitchell as well as biographical materials. The most comprehensive and significant component of the collection consists of a variety of materials relating to 28 plays which Mitchell directed between 1946 and 1971. The quantity and quality of the notes for each production varies. A typical folder might include a program with program notes; rehearsal schedules; design, staging, and property notes; costume and make-up specifications and descriptions of characters and evaluation of actors. There are a few annotated scripts and occasionally stage sketches, most notably for “Othello.” The only correspondence in the papers pertains to the production of “Julius Caesar.” In addition to directing, Mitchell was also very active in the technical aspects of theater production. The photographs of his stage designs in the collection graphically illustrate his accomplishments and concepts in this area.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Lee Mitchell Papers consist of a variety of materials which reflect his activities as an educator, stage designer, author, and director of theater productions. The papers are with the exception of the first four folders arranged in the chronological order of plays directed by Mitchell. The collection also includes biographical materials.

    Biographical material in the collection relating to Mitchell is scanty, consisting mainly of newspaper clippings pertaining to Mitchell's career and two journal articles written by Mitchell. Mitchell's range of expertise is reflected by his many program notes for Northwestern University Theatre productions as well as in a substantial number of program designs included in the collection. In addition to directing, Mitchell was also very active in the technical aspects of theater production. The photographs of his stage designs in the collection graphically illustrate his accomplishments and concepts in this area.

    The most comprehensive and significant component of the collection consists of a variety of materials relating to 28 plays which Mitchell directed between 1946 and 1971. These materials are arranged in chronological order of the production of plays directed by Mitchell. The quantity and quality of the notes for each production varies. A typical folder might include a program with program notes; rehearsal schedules; design, staging, and property notes; costume and make-up specifications and descriptions of characters and evaluation of actors. There are a few annotated scripts and occasionally stage sketches, most notably for “Othello.” The only correspondence in the papers pertains to the production of “Julius Caesar.”

  • Arrangement Note

    The papers are with the exception of the first four folders arranged in the chronological order of plays directed by Mitchell.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The Papers were donated to the University Archives by Professor Lee Mitchell on February 6, 1984 as accession #84-26.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    None.

  • Separated Materials

    Photographs of set designs by Mitchell for the Evanston Children's Theater have been removed from this collection and may now be located in the University Archives Photograph Files; also removed to the Photograph File was a folder of set designs for the University Theatre. All photos from this collection are filed in Photo Individuals File under Mitchell, Lee.

    Set designs by Lee Mitchell for University Theatre productions have been separated from the Lee Mitchell Papers. The designs are contained within two oversized portfolios. (Kevin Leonard June 8, 1981)

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    Melissa Mitchell, February 1984

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

Components