The Lighting Archive is archiving and making available the records of historic lighting design for theatre, dance and opera. These primarily consist of digitized documents of actual productions featuring the work of innovative lighting designers from which students and scholars can study the design intent and how it was accomplished. Additionally they reveal the work of the electricians and technicians who handle the equipment under fierce time and economic constraints. The history of Lighting Design also is about the ongoing technical innovation by both tinkerers and professional manufacturers, responding to the aesthetic dreams of lighting designers as well as the demands of efficiency and reliability required by a high stakes industry. TheLightingArchive.org website reveals and communicates both the history and into the future.