Albert D. Tucci costume design collection
Scope and Contents
This collection documents the professional career of costume designer Albert D. Tucci, with most records pertaining to specific theatrical productions. Records include original sketches and renderings for production designs, fabric swatches, and notes on character costumes, as well as photographs and slides depicting actors in Tucci's costumes. The collection also contains biographical materials, press clippings, and a scrapbook created by Tucci to document his career.
- Majority of material found within 1971-2003
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Biographical / Historical
Albert D. Tucci is an artist, costume designer, and professor with a distinguished 38-year career in theatre. He has designed costumes for productions of the DePaul University Theatre School and headed theatre departments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, West Virginia University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Arizona. Born on January 6, 1947 in Westchester County, New York, Tucci received both his BFA and MFA in 1970 from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago. While still in college, he met the influential artist and designer Erte, best known for his elaborate art deco fashion illustrations. Tucci cites this inspirational meeting as a major factor in his decision to pursue teaching. Following graduation, he was hired as a costume designer and Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, ultimately working his way to Head of Design. Tucci spent the rest of his career in universities across the country, though he also designed costumes and sets for the Great American Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee. Since retiring from his position as Director of the School of Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona in 2009, Tucci has continued to paint. His work still bears the hallmark of the theatre; in his own words, he "continues to look at the human form in a theatrical context, but now outside the team of artists making a theatrical concept and alone as a single artist with a single vision" (www.altucciart.com/wp/al-tucci-bio/; retrieved August 21, 2014). Tucci currently lives in Tucson with his wife, Sharon. His full CV is available in Series 1, Box 2 of this collection.
27.5 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Albert D. Tucci costume design collection is organized into three series: 1. Production Notes and Biographical; 2. Renderings and Sketches; 3. Slides and Photographs
Most series are arranged chronologically by production date, with oversized material housed separately. Consult series descriptions for more information.
3/39/C-D; oversized materials in 3/44/E-F
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession 2014.100; 2015.071
AB 2014; JC 2014
- Costume design--Archival resources--United States Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Costume designers--United States--Archives Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery--Archival resources Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Guide to Albert D. Tucci costume design collection
- AB 2014; JC 2014
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English