The John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc. Records (approximately 1990-2022) contain correspondence, invoices, contracts, expense reports, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, slides, and digital files detailing the development of various projects primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada. The records also contain architectural lighting drawings, electrical schematics and design details, conceptual sketches, and artist renderings of projects in Las Vegas, throughout United States, and various international locations.
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The John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc. Records (approximately 1990-2022) contain correspondence, invoices, contracts, expense reports, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, slides, and digital files detailing the development of various projects in Las Vegas, Nevada. The records also contain architectural lighting drawings, electrical schematics and design details, conceptual sketches, and artist renderings of Las Vegas projects including Bally's Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino, Flamingo Hilton, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the Stratosphere. Other United States project locations include California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Hawaii, Washington, Montana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. International locations include London and Singapore. Digital files in this collection contain architectural drawing sheets, project correspondence, project finances, computer-generated renderings, and photographs of projects both under construction and when completed. When applicable, some projects contain corresponding editable original architectural computer-aided design (CAD) files and image files.
Collection is open for research. Arrangements must be made in advance to access digital files; please contact UNLV Special Collections and Archives for additional information.
Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.
Material is primarily arranged by project name. The original filing number is the original arrangement used by John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc.
Biographical / Historical Note
Founded in 1992, John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc. is an international design and consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California that specializes in lighting and audio visual design for architectural projects, public spaces, interiors, landscapes, theme park environments, and stage productions. In addition, JLLP also designs theatrical systems, control systems for show stages, as well as providing content creation, integration services, and equipment procurement services. Their work in Las Vegas, Nevada includes a number of facades, interior redesigns, and artistic lighting and displays in Bally's Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino, Flamingo Hilton, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower.
John Levy began his career in England, designing theatrical lighting for the London stage. He moved to California and began working for the Disney Studios translating stage lighting to themed entertainment. Levy was then approached by Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to design the lighting for their new Forum Shops, which featured a domed skyscraper reflecting the changing light of the passing day.
John Levy Lighting Productions Inc. has worked on a variety of technological and artistic projects in the field of lighting design and associated practices. JLLP's principal designers' backgrounds include Walt Disney parks, Universal Studios, and theater settings, where JLLP applied themed entertainment design practices to architecture, gaming, and hospitality.
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John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc.
John Levy Lighting Productions, Inc. Records, approximately 1990-2022. MS-00832. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 2016 and 2022 by John Levy; accession numbers 2017-010 and 2022-083.
Material was processed by Special Collections staff. In 2017, Tammi Kim provided a preliminary assessment of the material, created a rough inventory of the containers, and wrote the collection description. In 2018, Jimmy Chang reorganized and rehoused the physical materials, and revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.
In 2018 and 2019, Jimmy Chang, Karla Irwin, and Alyssa Maldonado processed the digital materials stored on 3.5" floppy discs, zip disks, and optical discs. After ingest, duplicate and system files were removed. Personnel files were also removed as they likely contained protected employee information. Multiple files failed to render properly, and access copies were not created.
Finally, access copies were created by Jimmy Chang. The computer-aided design file types DWG and DXF were converted into the PDF/E format. The document and text-based file types DOC, XLS, and TXT were converted into the PDF/A format. The image-based file types TIF, BMP, and PSD were converted into the JPG format. Some files that did not originally have file extensions were modified to have their proper respective file extensions to be opened properly.
Further details about appraisal and processing can be provided upon request.
In 2022, Tammi Kim ingested digital files off 3.5" floppy disks, zip disks, and optical discs. Several disks were unable to be read and were not ingested. After ingest, Sarah Jones organized the materials based on preliminary list provided by the donor. No access copies were made during the time of processing, as software was unable to convert CAD files to a stable format.