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Marks and Stix Family Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2012-10
Preservation Sponsor: Jennifer Stix
Extent of collection
52 reels of 16mm film totaling approximately 9320 feet; 23 reels of 8mm film totaling approximately 1300 feet; 38 reels of Super 8mm film totaling approximately 2500 feet.
Inclusive Dates
1928 - 1978
Bulk Dates
1928 - 1968
The Marks-Stix Collection consists of primarily of home movies shot by Arnold and Frances Marks between the 1920s and 1940s, and by their son-in-law Lawrence C. Stix from the 1930s to the '60s. The Marks films contain footage of the family home in Hyde Park (including daughters Muriel and Louise Marks pushing their pet goat around in a baby carriage in 1933), the Grand Hotel in Mackinac on the weekend before the market crashed in 1929, and family visits in Elgin. The Stix films feature sausage making in New York in the '30s, vacations to Europe, and Lawrence and Muriel's daughters growing up in Lincoln Park. Also contains two student films made by Paul Muth (Jennifer Stix's husband) in the 1970s.
Marks, Arnold K. (was created by)
Marks, Frances (was created by)
Stix Jr., Lawrence C. (was created by)
Lawrence Cullman Stix, Jr. was born in 1915 in New York City, where he was raised by parents Lawrence Cullman Stix, Sr. and Babette Oppenheimer Stix. He enlisted in the Army in 1941, and served with the 247th Field Artillery Battalion, Americal Division, in the South Pacific, seeing action at Guadalcanal. After the war, he took over as president of Premier Casings, a subsidiary of the family-owned S. Oppenheimer & Company (a sausage casing distributor founded in Chicago in 1868). After his father's death in 1957, Lawrence Jr. took over direction of S. Oppenheimer, which had operations around the world. Mr. Stix retired in the early 1960s when the company was sold. He was a member of the Standard Club for more than 50 years, and active in several veterans' organizations.

He was married to Muriel "Mickie" Marks and they had two children, Louise (b. 1946) and Jennifer (b. 1958). The family lived in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Lawrence passed away in 1996 at the age of 81.
Custodial History
Donated by Jennifer Stix in September 2012.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives for on-site access. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only digital copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films in this collection.
1928 circa: West Indies
1928: First Pictures - Lake Pics
1929 June: Minocqua Wisconsin Fishing
1929-1930: Michigan City
1929: Chicago - Lincoln Park Zoo - Elgin