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Descriptive inventory for the Michael Loewenstein papers, 1961-1999, bulk 1968-1977

Michael Loewenstein papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Michael Loewenstein papers, 1961-1999, bulk 1968-1977

Prepared by Keir McCoy, 2013.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Michael Loewenstein papers, 1961-1999 (inclusive), 1968-1977 (bulk)
Creators: Michael Loewenstein
Robert Altman, 1925-2006
Mary Margaret Bartley
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
New York City Ballet
Second City (Theater company)
Dates: 1961-1999 (inclusive), 1968-1977 (bulk)
Accession number: 2012.0070.1
Bib number: 00217320
Call number: MSS Lot L
Size: 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Series 1 was the gift of Michael Loewenstein, and series 2 was the gift of Michael Loewenstein and Mary Margaret Bartley (2012.0070.1).

Terms governing use:

Copyrights owned by Michael Loewenstein to this material were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. In addition, copyrights may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Michael Loewenstein papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Other materials donated by Michael Loewenstein are part of the Decorative and Industrial Arts collection at Chicago History Museum. The Chicago History Museum, Research Center, also holds many other items related to WTTW productions, cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Production and design notes, sketches, drawings, photographs, magazine clippings, expense reports, correspondence, and memos related to the programs televised by WTTW Channel 11, public broadcasting in Chicago, and other productions in which Michael Loewenstein, WTTW set designer, was involved, especially programs relating to modern dance, ballet, and music. Highlights of the collection include his set design on Festival; Sneak Previews, with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert; the first televised production by the Second City theater company; the New York City Ballet production of The Merry Widow; and notes on the production of McTeague as an opera directed by Robert Altman.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Michael Loewenstein was a set designer for WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago from 1959 to his retirement in 2000. Joining WTTW not long after its inception, Loewenstein worked on many television shows, including Kukla, Fran and Ollie; Bleacher Bums; Kup's Show; Sneak Previews (later re-named Siskel and Ebert); and the first televised production by the Second City comedy group. Growing out of the Chicago School of Television, Loewenstein advocated set design that conveyed a more informal style. His production techniques and use of perspective are evidenced in his work on shows such as The Merry Widow and Sneak Previews.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Television broadcasting--Illinois--Chicago--Employees--20th century
Persons:
Loewenstein, Michael--Archives
Organizations:
Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
New York City Ballet
Second City (Theater company)
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)--Employees
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Correspondence
Drawings
Photographic prints
Reports
Set design drawings
Sketches
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Intellectual life--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in two series:

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. WTTW Channel 11 production and design files, 1961-1999 (box 1-6)
Series 2. Sneak Previews (Siskel and Ebert) files, 1978-1992 (box 6)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Megan Dennler using Oxygen editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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