Minnesota Orchestra Series 7 Buildings and Related Materials
Scope and Content Note
Series 7.1: Northrop Auditorium Shell, 1956-68contains files from the office of Orchestra manager, Boris Sokoloffand detail improvements to Northrop Auditorium. They focus on the installation of an acoustical shell and include correspondence with architect Winston Close, consultant George Izenour, and Minnesota Orchestral Association president Charles S. Bellows.
Series 7.2: Orchestra Hall, 1965-79details the planning, design, construction, and later building changes in Orchestra Hall. The files are from Richard Cisek, Donald Engle, Judson Bemis, Barry Hoffman, Stephen R. Pflaum. They may have been re-organized or merged at some point.
Boxes 1-2chronicle the early efforts of the Orchestra to renovate the Lyceum Theatreinto a suitable hall. Some of the documents in these boxes are confidential and require permission for access.
Boxes 3-6include early planning files, information regarding the demolition of the Lyceum (called Soul’s Harbor), and reports and agreements with the architectural firms, Hammel Green and Abrahamsonand Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associatesand with acoustician, Dr. Cyril M. Harris.
Boxes 7-11detail the construction of the Hall. They include files on all aspects of the Hall, progress reports and meetings with architects, and related information. They also include files relating to the use of the building and changes made in the building in its first years.
Box 12contains information about the dedication of the building and includes copies of newspaper articles that detail the entire building process.
Series 7.3 Peavey Plazacontains a small amount of correspondence regarding the creation of Peavey Plaza.
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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.
The Minnesota Orchestra performed in different auditoriums during the first seventy years:
- 1905-30 Lyceum Theatre/ Minneapolis Auditorium
- 1930-70 Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota
- 1970-73 O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, College of St. Catherine
In the early 1970s the Association began investigating possibilities for a new performance space for the Orchestra.
Includes information about the Northrop Auditorium Shell and extensive documentation regarding the construction of Orchestra Hall which was dedicated in October 1974.
Organization of the Collection
The collection is organized into the following series: Series 7.1 Northrop Auditorium Shell, 1956-68 Series 7.2 Orchestra Hall, 1965-79 Series 7.3 Peavey Plaza, 1976-80
Transferred to the archives in the late 1970s.
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski, 2001.
- Architecture -- Minnesota -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bellows, Charles S.
- Bolt, Beranek, and Newman
- Cisek, Richard M.
- Close, Winston A. (Winston Arthur) (1906-1997)
- Commercial buildings -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Engle, Donald L.
- Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson
- Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
- Harris, Cyril M., 1917-
- Hoffman, Barry
- Izenour, George C.
- Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Pflaum, Stephen R.
- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sokoloff, Boris, 1912-1995
- Theater Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United Handicapped Federation
- Minnesota Orchestra Series 7 Buildings and Related Materials
- Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
- 20 August 2003
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