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William Nelson Collection

Identifier: 0002-14

Scope and Contents note

The William Nelson Collection primarily contains programs and photographs of School of Drama productions during the years 1948-1951. The material that is included relates to Nelson’s activities as Staff Lighting Director.

The contents are divided into two series: Photographs, and Printed Materials.

The Photograph Collection makes up the majority of the Nelson Collection and is arranged chronologically by date of production. The plays that have programs associated with them are specially noted within the title of the folder. The Printed Materials series is smaller in size and contains mostly departmental files including lists of productions, various programs, and lighting blueprints.


  • Majority of material found within 1948-1951
  • 1914-1983


Biographical/Historical note

William Nelson was the Staff Lighting Director for the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama circa 1950.


0.2 Linear feet




The William Nelson Collection contains mostly photographs and production programs of various School of Drama plays Nelson either attended or directed between 1948 and 1951 during his time as Staff Lighting Director for the Drama Department.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

It is unknown how this collection originally arrived at the Carnegie Mellon University archives. The William Nelson Collection was originally maintained by the archives as part of the School of Drama records until the material was deaccessioned in 2014 and currently exists as its own collection.

Related Archival Materials note

Additional related materials can be found in the School of Drama records.
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Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

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