Downing Cless Papers, 1962 -- 2014


Title: Downing Cless Papers
Dates: 1962 -- 2014
Creator: Cless, Downing
Call Number: MS218
Size: 3.6 Cubic Feet, 3 boxes, 26 Sheets
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    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains files and set drawings on productions directed by or involving Downing Cless. This collection also contains course and curriculum material related to Stage Left and TheaterWorks. Materials include correspondence, research materials, writings, scripts, programs, director's notes, and photographs.


This collection is organized into three series: Course materials, correspondence and publications; Productions; and 2017 accessions.


Biographical / Historical

Downing Cless joined the Department of Drama at Tufts University in 1979. Downing began as a junior faculty member, then became an associate professor three years later. He later became Professor of Drama, and served as department chair for two terms, for six years and again for three. Downing retired in May 2014.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have been retained by the donor during his lifetime. Requests for reproduction must be referred to the donor.

Preferred Citation

Downing Cless Papers, 1962-2014. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection was processed by Liz Francis, Records Archivist, in Fall 2014. 2017 and 2019 accessions processed by Leah Edelman in 2017 amd 2019. Materials were placed in archival boxes and folders, and the folder-level inventory, series-level descriptions, and finding aid were updated at the time of processing.  


Gift of Downing Cless, 2014-2019.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Course materials, correspondence, and publications, 1962 -- 2014

    This series contains course and curriculum materials, correspondence, notes, departmental business, files related to Stage Left and TheaterWorks, and research and writings materials.

  2. Productions, 1963 -- 2011

    This series contains files on individual productions directed by Downing Cless,1969-2011. Files typically contain scripts, programs, director's notes, correspondence, news clippings, and photographs.

  3. 2017 accessions, 1978 -- 1981

    This series contains hand-drawn set and lighting designs for the following productions: Lion in Winter, 1980; Jest!, 1979; Loot, 1981; Major Barbara, 1980; The Knight of the Burning Pestle, 1978; R, 1978; Summit Conference, 1981; Toys in the Attic, 1981; Diary of Anne Frank, 1978; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1979; Camino Real, 1980; A Fable, 1978; The Ghost Sonata, 1978; The Haunted House, 1979.