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Minnesota Orchestra Series 9 Scrapbooks and Clippings

 Collection
Identifier: PA012-Series 9
This collection includes all the official releases from the Orchestra’s Public Affairs office. Also included are press kits for special events such as Sommerfest, introduction of a new music director, etc. Publicity photographs included with press releases from the 1970s and 80s were transferred to Series 11. Beginning in 2010 the Minnesota Orchestra began to deliver electronic versions of the Press Releases, and ceased the publication of paper copies. Consult the Archivist for information about the electronic copies.

The collection also includes newspaper and magazine articles about the Minnesota Orchestra, its conductors and music directors, musicians and staff, and reviews of performances. Most of them are arranged by topic within the span of each season.

This series also includes 141 scrapbooks (made from oversize ledger books) that contain newspaper clippings, programs, box office receipts, and miscellaneous items documenting the earliest history of the Orchestra from 1908-1964. For each season from 1908-09 through 1962-63 there is a scrapbook titled Home Season. Five scrapbooks include clippings from musical magazines such as Musical Courier , Musical Leader , and Musical America . Scrapbooks documenting the Orchestra’s tours include programs, newspaper reviews from tour cities, and repertoire sheets (carbon copies of tour program details sent to tour cities) Reviews from tours may also be found in the relevant Home Season scrapbook. Eleven scrapbooks include newspaper clippings about attractions, other than the Orchestra, that were booked into the Auditorium Theatre from 1911-24. Clippings from Twin Cities’ newspapers include articles from publications in languages other than English, notably Swedish and Norwegian. There are three scrapbooks documenting the appearances of the Metropolitan Opera in Minneapolis from 1944-1951, and 1961-64. Loose tour programs found in scrapbooks were transferred to Series 6.1.

Wendell Heighton’s scrapbook (#137) contains a great deal of information about the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, especially tours, from 1910s-20s. It includes newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, contracts for tours, itineraries, annual reports for the Orchestra, plus personal memorabilia of Heighton’s. [Heighton was the Manager of the Orchestra from 1910-23.]

Other scrapbooks include one regarding Antal Dorati's tenure with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1945-48) and one relating to Dimitri Mitropoulos from 1942-60. Newspaper clippings from the period after these scrapbooks are located in Series 9.2.

Dates

  • 1908 - ongoing

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Restrictions on Access

Materials are restricted. Prior permission in writing from the President of the Minnesota Orchestral Association is required. For access, please contact the curator. The original documents do not circulate and may only be used in the Reading Room of the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Photoreproduction and audio reproduction of any materials in which the Minnesota Orchestral Association holds copyright, shall be performed only with the written permission of the MOA except for photoreproduction of any published materials of the Association in the public domain.

Extent

64 boxes

141 Volumes

Overview

Collection includes scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and press releases.

Historical Note

Soon after the Orchestra was organized, staff created scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings about the Orchestra and a variety of other materials including programs, publicity items, etc. Many of the scrapbooks may have been compiled by Carlo Fischer (from the beginning until his retirement in 1954?). In the mid 1960s the clippings were no longer pasted into scrapbooks, but were kept loosely organized in folders.

The scrapbooks were stored in various locations over the years and may even have been slightly damaged from smoke from a fire. Because of the poor condition of the books, the Orchestra archivist had special boxes made for each scrapbook to protect it and provide needed support.

Early Orchestra Manager (and cellist and program annotator], Carlo Fischer, may also be responsible for collecting clippings in the first decade of the Orchestra. From 1906 through the mid 1960s, most clippings were pasted into Orchestra scrapbooks (Series 9.1). After that time, the clippings were filed by subject in file folders (Series 9.2).

This collection includes all the official releases from the Orchestra’s Public Affairs office (Series 9.3). This include press kits for special events such as Sommerfest, introduction of a new music director, etc. Publicity photographs included with press releases from the 1970s and 80s were transferred to Series 11. Beginning in 2010 the Minnesota Orchestra began to deliver electronic versions of the Press Releases, and ceased the publication of paper copies. Consult the Archivist for information about the electronic copies.

Organization of the Collection

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

High Bay

Acquisition

Materials are transferred to the archives on an ongoing basis.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski, August 2003.
Title
Minnesota Orchestra Series 9 Scrapbooks and Clippings
Author
Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
Date
6 September 2003
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Performing Arts Archives Repository

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