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St. Paul Philharmonic Society records

Identifier: PA006

Scope and Content Note

The collection is in order by the following series:

Administration: Contains material such as documents concerning funding, donations, scholarships, donations, other fiscal matters; memos; lists of personnel, employees, participants, guests, etc.; record of committee meetings and board meetings; contracts/agreements concerning salary and participation; completed and blank forms such as applications, permission forms, ticket requests, evaluations; itineraries/schedules; contact information for employees, guests, participants, musicians, etc.; memoranda

Audio Visual: Only photos

Clippings: News clippings, news releases, publicity and promotional material such as posters or ads

Correspondence: Concerning availability; appearances (dates, times, places, contracts, ticket information, etc.); schedules/itineraries; agreements/contracts within the Society (employees, musicians, board members, etc.)

Events: Performances and appearances other than just concerts such as special events; dinners, charities, collaborations with other musical/performing groups, attendances (but not performances) to other groups’ performances; summer camps

Performance: Concerts and appearances at specific locations; concert files; groups involved/collaborated with; programs; tickets/ticket information/ticket requests; clippings; publicity; photos; lists of musicians; contracts; flyers; reviews; itineraries/schedules

Publications: Programs; news clippings; magazine articles; publicity and promotion; itineraries/schedules; contracts; memoranda; pamphlets; brochures; advertisement materials


  • 1959-1980s


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Contact the archivist regarding copyright of these materials.

Historical Note

The St. Paul Philharmonic Society, now known as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, is the only full-time professional chamber orchestra in the United States. The orchestra was founded in the 1950s and continues to perform locally at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, as well as conducting national and international tours. The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra present more than 100 concerts and educational programs in the Twin Cities each year. They also emphasize music accessibility, with over 50 percent of the tickets avaliable for fifteen dollars or less. Free tickets are also offered to children and students.


12 boxes (12 cubic feet)


Collection includes correspondence, financial statements, minutes, contracts, rehearsal schedules, programs, playbills, flyers, news releases and other materials relating to the activities of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Civic Orchestra, and the St. Paul Youth Orchestras.

Physical Location


Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.


The collection was donated by Sandy Seppala and Steven Sell in May 1971. Additional deposits have been made by Kathryn Johnson.

St. Paul Philharmonic Society records
Karen Spilman
January 2005
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Collecting Area Details

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