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Dorothy Cummings photograph collection and scrapbook

Identifier: PA012M

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a small photograph of Dorothy dated 1949 and five autographed photographs from : Julie Ayer and Carl Nashan, Joseph Giunta, Bill Cosby, Leonard Slatkin, and Emanuel Ax.

The most significant item in the collection is the scrapbook compiled by Orchestra staff upon Dorothy's retirement. In the scrapbook are many photographs of staff and notes and letters from them to Dorothy. The scrapbook provides a snapshot of life at the Orchestra in 1986.


  • Creation: 1949-1986

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available to researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Cummings ("Dottie") was the switchboard operator and receptionist for the Minnesota Orchestra for nine years. She retired in 1986. She came to the Twin Cities from Birmingham, Alabama via Chicago. In Minneapolis she worked for an answering service and for the United Way before taking the position with the Orchestra.


1 box


The collection includes photographs of famous performers autographed to Dorothy and a scrapbook compiled for her retirement.

Physical Location

Zone B, R6, D4, S16


Transferred to the Archives in 1996.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski, May 2003.


Dorothy Cummings Collection
Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
12 May 2003
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Collecting Area Details

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