The Minnesota Orchestral Association archives 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.

Information available online

The Archives of Minnesota Orchestral Association include a wide variety of material types. The following links will direct you to the finding aids (inventories) and other web pages of interest for the collection.

History of the Archives

Collection Summary
Includes a list of materials in the collection (with abstracts) and links to complete finding aids for each series.

Collections of people associated with the Orchestra
One Hundred Years of Orchestra History
A gallery of photographs and interesting memorabilia from the Archives of the Orchestra.
As new sources are brought online we will link them from this page. We welcome comments (and corrections) regarding the value and use of these web pages.

For historical information about the Minnesota Orchestra see their Web site,
"Minnesota Orchestra: Mission and History" (This opens in a new window)