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Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts records

Identifier: S3792

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of working files, arranged chronologically and alphabetically. Materials include letters, brochures, press releases, photographs, and clippings.


  • Creation: 1979-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts (DSFA) was planned as an ongoing annual festival program, intended to establish the Duluth area as a major national summer arts center. The DSFA was a consortium of arts and education organizations operating under the auspices of the University of Minnesota, Continuing Education in the Arts. The DSFA had two primary emphases: public exhibition and performance events, and residency and instructional programs. Organizations, corporations and individuals supported the DSFA: Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission, City of Duluth, MN State Arts Board, University of Minnesota, Jerome Foundation, International Multifoods, Duluth Ballet, Duluth Art Institute, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth Public Schools, WSCD-FM (MN public Radio), Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, A.M. Chishom Museum, Duluth Playhouse, Park Point Invitational Art Fair, Tweed Museum of Art, St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, Fiber Handcrafters Guild, University of Wisconsin Superior, and WDTH-FM (KUMD Radio).

The DSFA began operating in March, 1979, through a community based board of directors, Phillip Coffman, chair. Coffman, with DSFA Director, Dale Huffington, initiated planning and research for the project in August, 1978. Additional staff were Gloria Brush, assistant director, Karen Griffith, community coordinator, and Nancy Knutson, secretary.


4.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection consists of working files, including letters, brochures, press releases, photographs, and clippings.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.

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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526