James Maronek papers
Scope and Contents
These files include sketches, notes, research materials, blueprints, invoices, correspondence, reviews, news clippings, programs, account ledgers, set elevations, set models and finished set designs used in Maronek's work for each production. The information included in each production varies, but most include sketches and notes. Aside from the boxes of production files, there are rolled containers in chronological order, and a group of oversized files from productions, and programs from early Goodman Theatre productions.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is available for research use.
Biographical / Historical
According to the DePaul Theatre School website, Jim Maronek has enjoyed a career as a professor of scene design, as an active set designer, and as an artist. He maintains his studio and gallery at Silver Poplar Studios in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Since retirement, his stage designs have been seen frequently at The Peninsula Players (where he serves on the Board of Directors), at the American Folklore Theatre (where he also designed the permanent stage), and at the Door County Auditorium. He has designed over two hundred productions for theatres across the United States, both on and off-Broadway. For many years, he was Resident Designer for the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, and was also a professor at the Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School at DePaul University). His designs have been published and exhibited throughout the world (https://theatre.depaul.edu/about/faculty-and-staff/emeritus/Pages/Bio.aspx?dpusearchbyid=8 accessed January 22, 2018).
During the 1960s and 1970s he did work for several Chicago area high schools. When the location of a production is other than Goodman School or DePaul, it is noted whenever possible. Maronek produced designs for NBC, Wernecke Studios, and the Bar Association of America, as well as numerous other professional organizations. These works are included in the collection and are placed within the overall chronological framework of Maronek's career.
20.75 Linear Feet (33 boxes, 26 rolls)
Language of Materials
This collection is arranged into four series: 1: Productions and Events; 2: Subject Files; 3: Overized; and 4: Rolled Materials. In general, series are arranged chronologically, however, see series level descriptions for specific details.
4/3/A-B; 4/Oversized File Cabinet/Drawers 8-10
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession 2004.020; 2004.032; unaccessiond material
AS 1996; SS 1997; CCB 2002; ERE 2003; revised by J. Casey 2018
- College theater--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Set designers--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Theater--Study and teaching--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery--Archival resources Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Guide to James Maronek papers
- AS 1996; SS 1997; CCB 2002; ERE 2003; revised by J. Casey 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English