Minnesota Orchestra Archives collection

The Minnesota Orchestra Archives are a large special collection within the Performing Arts Archives.

About the Minnesota Orchestra Archives

The Minnesota Orchestral Association Archives, part of the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries, are among the most complete of any major symphony in the country. The Minnesota Orchestra, known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1903 until 1968, began depositing its records at the University in 1977. Since that time, the collection has received additional material annually. The archives contain scrapbooks that detail the first fifty years of Orchestra history; correspondence from several offices within the Association; thousands of photographs of conductors, guest artists, staff and board members; financial records; programs and other publications; and recordings in a variety of formats.

In addition, there are subgroups of material relating to the construction of Orchestra Hall in 1973-74; extensive documentation of tours conducted by the orchestra throughout the United States and the world (the Orchestra has been called the "Orchestra on Wheels"); and numerous special events including anniversary celebrations, Metropolitan Opera appearances, Sommerfest, and Cabaret Pops. More detailed information about the Orchestra's archives are available in the Collection Summary, in the Series List.

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Collection summary

This summary describes the series and major sub-series within the collection. Dates represent the inclusive dates of materials in each group. Linked from this page are complete finding aids for most series. Complete finding aids for these collections are available in printed form in the archives. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives with questions or for additional information. For historical information about the Minnesota Orchestra see their Web site, Minnesota Orchestra: Mission and History.

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Related collections

These collections are not actually part of the Orchestra's archives but are from people that were associated with the Orchestra sometime during their career and who donated their collections to the Orchestra's archives.

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