The J.Marion Gutnayer Collection consists of 18 folders, the bulk of which are architectural drawings and plans. The collection spans two segments of Gutnayer's long career and focus on projects near and around Highland Park, Illinois. The collection consists of residential projects from the early to mid-1950s, residential homes for the early to mid-1980s, and several multi-dwelling buildings from the late 1980s. A large portion of the collection documents the McDaniel Square complex, a multi-unit dwelling built throughout the 1980s. The collection contains architectural plans, sketches, schedules, topography surveys, as well as legal correspondence and promotional materials related to McDaniel Square.
This collection contains real estate records from various realtors for Highland Park properties ranging from the middle of the 1950s through 1980. Records contain the physical description with images and additional information about the property and its surrounding area. The bulk of the files document residential properties with some commercial locations.
Some properties were designed by such prominent architects as Eugene Henry Klaber, Ernest Grunsfeld, Jr., Howard Van Doren Shaw, Ernest Grunsfeld, III, Milton Schwartz, Greta Lederer, Arnold Schaffner, and Robert Seyfarth.
Seven histories of local scouting troops on the North Shore of Illinois from formation to mid-20th century, including a research guide and historiography of troops in Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Willmette and Winnetka. Digital manuscripts are available on the Illinois Digital Archive Highland Park History Collection.
Playbills, photos. clipping and correspondence regarding actor's tenure at local venues, including The Music Theater (located adjacent to Villa Moderne) and the Tenthouse Theater in the Round. Photograph subjects include Mayele Gabor; Bill Krott (Stage Manager) ; David Tihmar (Director); Jimmy Kommack; Bill Hayes; Lisa Drake; and Ward Orhman; Monica Van Vooren; and Tom Williams as well as pictures of the Men's Chorus room exterior and interior; the Music Theater; the Theater in the Round in season and before demolition; and the Villa Moderne. Original order has been maintained. Correspondence copies with the Library have been kept physically in the collection. Addtionally, there are 2 broadsides, 1 framed, for 1954 productions of "Anything Goes" and "Showboat" at the Music Theater, billed as "Chicago's Theater in the Country."
This collection is comprised of valentines ranging designed and printed 1904 to 1918. Many of them have names written on them, and seem to have been given from students to teachers. Height, size, and style varies. Many of them have moveable parts, lace, macramé, and tissue paper. They are very delicate objects and fall apart easily. The valentines are styled as flat calling cards, double folio cards (some standing with a leg and some just open), while the majority of the collection are pop-ups, both with moveable and non-movable parts. A single valentine is in German, but the rest of the collection is in English.