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Robert Pockmire Papers

Identifier: spe-t00029

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Robert Pockmire’s designs and graphics for posters, programs, clippings and mailings for productions and series subscriptions at Victory Gardens Theatre.


  • 1977 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Pockmire (1951-2021) was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University and completed a Diploma in Illustration at Kendall School of Design in 1973 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The next year, he moved to New York City and worked for Norcross Cards.

He later relocated to Chicago and worked as an illustrator for L. Fish Furniture. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pockmire served as house manager, sound and lighting technician, stage props and graphic designer for Victory Gardens Theatre. In 1985, Pockmire joined Diamond Toymakers, now Flix Candy/Imaginings 3, where he continues to work as a production designer and photographer.

Pockmire, who lives is East Lakeview, is also a painter. He maintains a studio in the Uptown Arts Studio.


1.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



Robert Pockmire was a painter, illustrator and designer. During the late 1970s he worked at the Victory Gardens Theatre in various roles, most notably as a graphic designer. The collection includes posters, programs, clippings and subscription mailings designed by Pockmire.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Robert Pockmire Papers were donated to Chicago Public Library by Pockmire in 2015.

Related Materials

Victory Gardens Theatre Records

Guide to the Robert Pockmire Papers
Processed by Sarah Zimmerman, 2015. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman, 2021.
December 2015
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875