The Twin City Scenic collection
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains almost 2,000 items produced by the Twin City Scenic Studio. Items include scenic drops, picture screens, studio photographs of renderings, sample interiors and model pieces.
- Creation: 1895-1979
- The Twin City Scenic Studio (Organization)
Language of Materials
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 the copyright to these materials.
Three employees of the Bijou Opera House in Minneapolis founded the Twin City Scenic Studio in 1895. The Studio created elaborate scene sets for theatre productions all across the United States. The peak production of the studio was from its inception until the mid 1920s. After the stock market crash of 1929 and the introduction of "talkies" the studio began to shift its focus from primarily designing and painting scenery for theatre to developing drapery and display work for non-theatre organizations, such as department stores and auditoriums. The studio closed in 1980 after a fire destroyed its building.
Collection contains almost 2,000 sketches, model pieces, photographs and renderings of backdrops pertaining to scenic design and painting.
Mezzanine, High Bay
Other Finding Aid
An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.
Donated by W.R. Brown, past president of the Twin City Scenic Studio, in 1984.
- The Twin City Scenic collection
- Karen Spilman
- December 2004
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
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