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James Maronek papers

Identifier: DPUA0206

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.


  • 1950-2002

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 ( 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.

Physical Location

4/3/A-B; 4/Oversized File Cabinet/Drawers 8-10

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2004.020; 2004.032; unaccessiond material

Related Materials

DePaul Theatre School records

Processing Information

AS 1996; SS 1997; CCB 2002; ERE 2003; revised by J. Casey 2018

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

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614