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Faculty Records (University Of Maine). Professor Wilkinson (J. Norman) Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-028

Scope and Contents

This record group mostly contains textual information created and curated by University of Maine Professor J. Norman Wilkinson, but there are also photographs of performances and audio recordings of the "Jigsaw Puzzle".

Each folder contains information regarding a specific production of a play put on by the Maine Masque, the student theater company at the University of Maine. Typically includes playbooks, scripts, photographs, notes on the production, newspaper clippings and reviews, programs, press releases, and photographs. There's also correspondence regarding some of the plays.

There are also folders with general information about the activities of Maine Masque from 1970 to 1996, including: newspaper clippings, photographs of performances, playbills, press releases, etc. Several theater-related theses are also included.


  • Creation: 1938-1996
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1996


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

J. Norman Wilkinson was born May 14, 1930, in Liverpool, England. He was an actor, playwright and theater director. He was a professor of theater at the University of Maine from 1970 until his retirement in the 1990s with emeritus status. While at the University of Maine Wilkinso directed performances of the student theater company Maine Masque Theater.

Wilkinson died in 2011 at the age of 81.


4 boxes

1 box (Half size box)

Language of Materials



The record group includes playbooks used by Wilkinson from 1971 to 1996 in producing various plays for Maine Masque, the student theater company at the University of Maine. Also included is information about the activities of Maine Masque from 1970 to 1996. Several theater-related theses are also included.


Physically the material is arranged by subject. File names and dates were added. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of J. Norman Wilkinson, Wells, Me. in December 2007. Material in Box 5 was donated in 2009.


Accruals are not anticipated, primarily because Wilkinson died in 2011.

Related Materials

There are materials regarding the Maine Masque and performing arts in the record groups Maine Masque Theater Records, UA RG 0009.016, Office of the President, UA RG 0003, and the School Of Performing Arts Records, UA RG 0006.003.011.

There are also videos of performances in the media stored at Northeast Historic Films and photographs in the University of Maine Photographs Collection.

There is also material on Maine Masque in the Merrill (Lucius Herbert) Family and Academic Papers.


Formerly SpC MS 1453.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, April 2019, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. The boxes and folders were numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.


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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States