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Performing Arts Archives

Collections currently in the UMedia Archive:

  • Guthrie Theater Archives
    Collection includes play production material for every production staged, including promptbooks; correspondence; information on members of the theater company, including biographical sketches, résumés, and photos; lighting plans, stage plans and layouts, dressing room assignments, notes kept by the stage manager during rehearsals, and rehearsal schedules; equity files; purchase orders; office memos; scrapbook of clippings concerning theater productions and affairs; and programs, brochures, flyers, and news releases produced for the theater and The Other Place, its experimental outgrowth. The UMedia Archive contains several video recordings undertaken by the theater.
  • Minnesota Dance Pioneer Oral History Project
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre Records
  • Minnesota Orchestra
    The collection includes photographs, negatives, slides, and transparencies of Minnesota Orchestra music directors, musicians and staff, Orchestra Hall and other venues, and concerts, tours, and other events.
  • Scenic Collections
    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.
  • James Sewell Ballet Records
    James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by Minneapolis native James Sewell and Sally Rouse and brought to Minnesota in 1992. The critically acclaimed JSB is one of the most important contemporary ballet companies in the country, consistently exploring the technical and artistic boundaries of ballet. This collection contains audiovisual material from the archives.