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Andersen Library

September 4, 2015
8:30am - 4:30pm

Scenery Collection

To access digitized pieces, utilize the SEARCH section of this site. To access physical pieces, contact a Manuscripts Division archivist to arrange for a viewing of the collection.


The scenery collection in the University of Minnesota's Performing Arts Archives is composed of three parts: the Twin City Scenic Company collection (PA43), the Great Western Stage Equipment Company Collection(PA44), and the Holak collection(PA49). The overall collection is the only one of its scope in the United States, and uniquely documents the technical environment of the popular stage during the late-nineteenth through early-twentieth century. Renderings and materials related to Freemason ceremonial performances are heavily represented in the Holak and Great Western collections.

Search the Collection

CLICK HERE to be taken to the new UMedia Archive. From here you will be able to perform keyword searches across all of the items in the scenic collections.

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Stage Terms

Masonic Degrees