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Downing Cless Papers

Call Number: MS218

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1962 -- 2014



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

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.


3.6 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

26 Sheets

Language of Materials



This collections contains the papers of Downing Cless, professor in the Department of Drama.


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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Downing Cless, 2014-2019.

Processing Information

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.  

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States