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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 2058

William and Jean Eckart theater design archives


Professional and personal papers of American theatrical designers, William and Jean Eckart.


  • circa 1922-2000


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Except for audiovisual media for which there is no surrogate, there are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Restricted: surrogate required; consult curatorial staff (Recordings: Audiocassettes).
The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


77 linear feet (143 boxes, 9 drawers)
The collection includes some material on the Eckarts' early lives but chiefly documents their professional work. Included are: scripts and production notebooks; ground and architectural plans; models; designs; slides; recordings; personal papers; and clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Eckart (née Levy, 1921-1993) and William Eckart (1920-2000), theatrical designers, met in 1943 while students in New Orleans, attending the Yale School of Drama together; they moved in 1971 to Dallas to teach at Southern Methodist University. Their design work was primarily for sets and theater architecture but included costumes and lighting, mostly for theatrical musicals and occasionally for television.


Collection was originally arranged in 18 series by material type: A. scripts; B. miscellaneous books and notebooks; C. Playbills; D. ground plans; E. architectural plans; F, F*. designs; G, L. source material; H. models and model pieces; J. production papers; K. framed material; M. slides; N. production notebooks; R. recordings; S. printed and edited typescript scripts; T. personal papers; and U. clippings. These series have been retained but reordered in this finding aid.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-280. Purchased, 2007 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, March 2020.
Link to catalog


Eckart, William. William and Jean Eckart theater design archives, circa 1922-2000 (MS Thr 2058): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2020 March 20
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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