Arthur and Ruth Knorr papers and designs,

Title
Arthur and Ruth Knorr papers and designs, 1908-1986.
Author
Knorr, Arthur, 1898-1966.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2001-001 Box 1Offsite
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Description
60 linear feet (125 boxes )
Uniform Title
Milton Berle show (Television program)
Genre/Form
  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • Diazotypes.
  • Elevations.
  • Photographs.
  • Schematic drawings.
  • Set design drawings.
  • Sketchbooks.
  • Sketches.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Knorr, Ruth
Biography (note)
  • Producer and director Arthur James Knorr (1898-1966), who specialized in staging spectacles, was responsible for a wide variety of productions over the course of a long and prolific career.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
*T-Mss 2001-001
Author
Knorr, Arthur, 1898-1966.
Title
Arthur and Ruth Knorr papers and designs, 1908-1986.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Arthur and Ruth Knorr papers and designs are primarily comprised of set designs and production materials relating to the numerous shows on which Knorr worked. The organization of the collection illustrates Knorr's multiple talents. The Designs and plans series covers Knorr's early work for the Capitol and Roxy theaters and includes many technical design drawings and photographs from a variety of productions. Among Knorr's other diverse activities that are amply documented in the collection are his work with television's Milton Berle Show and the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Also of interest is a file containing an "Iwo Jima Tableau" script for a bond rally held at Madison Square Garden in 1945 (similar to those events depicted in the book and film, Flags of Our Fathers). Personal material is limited mainly to Knorr's sketchbooks, dating from Word War I. An additional sketchbook in the oversize series hints at the role that Knorr's wife, Ruth, may have played in assisting him in his work. There is also a small amount of material on Ruth Knorr's brief performing career (under her maiden name, Ruth Gray) contained in the Ruth Knorr professional papers series.
Biography
Producer and director Arthur James Knorr (1898-1966), who specialized in staging spectacles, was responsible for a wide variety of productions over the course of a long and prolific career. Born in Atlanta, Indiana, Knorr grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He took up the study of art while enrolled in the Pittsburgh Academy, a college preparatory and business school. After graduating in 1916, he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology's School of Design, where he studied painting, design, and stage craft. Military service during World War I interrupted these studies. After the war, Knorr moved to New York City during the summer of 1920, where he began working in the field of commercial art. In 1922, he started designing posters for the Capitol Theatre, and later was appointed art director. While with the Capitol, he designed sets and lighting for the prologs or stage productions that accompanied films. By 1929, Knorr had been appointed a producer at the Capitol Theatre, where he now was responsible for devising and producing, as well as designing, stage shows. Around this same time, Knorr married a fellow graduate of the Pittsburgh Academy, Ruth Gray. She had been a dancer in touring companies of the Music Box Revue and in editions of George White's Scandals, but she appears to have retired from performing after marrying Knorr. In 1936, Knorr became production executive at the Roxy Theatre, where he would remain for the next decade. In addition to managing many special individual events (such as ice skating shows and various benefits), by 1948, Knorr had become increasingly involved with television production. He served as a producer for the Texaco Star Theater television show with Milton Berle in its earliest years (1948-1952). He staged many industrial shows as well during the latter part of his career. Around 1959, Knorr began an association with the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants that lasted until the time of his death.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Set designers.
Stage lighting designers.
Theatrical producers and directors.
Added Author
Knorr, Ruth Gray.
Capitol Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Roxy Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Miss USA Pageant.
Miss Universe Pageant.
Added Title
Milton Berle show (Television program)
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2001-001
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