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Marion and King Marzolf puppet collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 117.10926
The Marion and King Marzolf puppet collection is a compilation of original written information, research, ephemera, and photographs related to the puppetry hobby of married couple Marion and King Marzolf. Additional scope and content information can be found in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

The Marion and King Marzolf puppet collection is arranged into two series. The collection is housed in one archival document box and one oversized folder.


  • 1953 - 2017



The materials in this collection are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, she has given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.


0.3 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 OS folder)


The Marion and King Marzolf puppet collection is a compilation of ephemera, research, and original information relating to the puppetry hobby of Marion and King Marzolf. The bulk of the materials are from the 1950s-1960s and 2017.

Biographical Note

Marion and Kingsbury (“King”) Marzolf began their puppetry hobby while visiting Europe during the 1950s and living in Copenhagen, Denmark for a year. The couple acquired nearly 100 wooden hand puppets carved by German puppet designer Lotte Sievers-Hahn. Marion and King, who both had theater performance experience, created a puppet theater and performed for family and friends for about 20 years.

Both Marion and King Marzolf were professors at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marion taught in the Department of Journalism and Communication, the Scandinavian Studies Program, and the American Culture Program at the University of Michigan, where she was honored with the Faculty Recognition Award in 1990. King Marzolf served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955. He was a Professor of Architecture from 1965-2000 at University of Michigan, and he also taught at the university’s International Study Program in Florence, Italy for many years.

System of Arrangement

Series I: Marzolf puppetry, 1958-2017

Series II: Reference, 1953-c.1990s and n.d.

Custodial History

The Marion and King Marzolf puppet collection was donated to The Strong in December 2017 as a gift of Marion Marzolf, in memory of Kingsbury Marzolf. The papers were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 117.10926 and accompanied nearly 100 German hand puppets, props, clothing, accessories, and theater backdrops from Marion Marzolf (Activity ID 13351).

Related Materials

In 2017, Marion Marzolf donated more than 100 German hand puppets, props, clothing, accessories, and theater backdrops to The Strong.

Processed by

Julia Novakovic, May 2019
Finding Aid to the Marion and King Marzolf Puppet Collection, 1953-2017
Julia Novakovic
21 May 2019
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

The Strong
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Rochester NY 14607 USA
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