The Performing Arts Archives was established in 1971 by the University of Minnesota Libraries for the preservation and study of the records relating to the history of theatre, music, dance, and associated organizations in Minnesota. Its goal is to document as fully as possible the activities of individuals and groups in both professional and amateur performing arts throughout the state. The collections include the most important companies in each of the major arts fields. Please contact Assistant Curator Kathryn Hujda for research and reference questions and appointments.

Performing Arts Archives Completes Work on Guthrie Theater Archives

The University of Minnesota Performing Arts Archives were the recipients of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to arrange, preserve, and describe the records of the Guthrie Theater’s archives. This $100,000 grant allowed the University of Minnesota Performing Arts Archives to bring processed and unprocessed materials in the collection to current archival standards, and to increase access to the collection by creating a detailed online finding aid. The project also resulted in the creation of a forward-thinking records management plan, in collaboration with Guthrie staff, to address the preservation of born-digital records. A detailed finding aid is now available online.