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J.R. Clancy Collection


The J.R. Clancy stage rigging firm was established by stagehand John Clancy in Syracuse, New York, in 1885. The firm is known for innovating products and techniques for stage design including the Welch tension floor block, the automatic fire curtain, and automated stage rigging.

The collection holds architectural and engineering drawings related to construction and renovation projects managed by the J.R. Clancy firm, including theatrical designs, drawings for standard parts, wiring diagrams, and standard assemblies for stage rigging systems. For more information on the collection, please visit the collection's finding aid.