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Great Western Stage Equipment Company collection

Identifier: PA044

Scope and Content Note

The entirety of this collection reflects the drawing and rendering techniques of two mid-twentieth century artists, George F. Moody and Don Carlos DuBois. The theatrical design process is represented through rough drafts, refined pencil sketches, colored renderings, technical drawings, and completed installation photographs. In addition to this primary visual material, there are written records documenting the ultimate creation, installation and production of these designs. Other materials from this collection include an address book of Masonic contacts, fraternal supply catalogues, Great Western Stage Equipment Company sales catalogues, and Masonic playbills.


  • 1920s-1964


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Contact the archivist regarding copyright to these materials.

Historical Note

The Great Western Stage Equipment Company was founded by T. L. Greening, L. J. Adler, and Samuel F. Hann, after Greening resigned from the Twin City Scenic Company. The company focused on a second generation of stage design for the Scottish Rite Temple of Freemasonry during the mid-twentieth century. Established in 1925, the Great Western Stage Equipment Company, was located in Kansas City, MO.


12 boxes


Collection contains rough drafts, refined pencil sketches, colored renderings, technical drawings and completed installation photographs of artists George F. Moody and Don Carlos DuBois.

Physical Location

Mezzanine, High Bay

Other Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.


Purchased from Dale F. Jenkins in 1988 by the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts Department, the University Libraries and an outside donor.

Alternate Form Available

The following is a link to an online database containing digitized versions of the renderings in this collection: Scenic Collections

Related Materials

The Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota preserves multiple scenic design collections. For more information, please contact Performing Arts Archives Staff.

Materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online in Umedia by visiting:

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Wendy Rae Waszut, 1989-1990.
Great Western Stage Equipment Company collection
Wendy Rae Waszut
December 2004
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Collecting Area Details

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