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Minnesota Underground Music Archive (MUMA) collection

Identifier: PA115

Scope and Content Note

The Minnesota Underground Music Archive documents independent bands and artists in Minnesota. In addition to recorded music on CD, tape, and vinyl formats, the collection contains live and promotional photographs, posters and flyers, publications, and ephemera (primarily band merchandise and promotional material).


  • Creation: 1988-2016

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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

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.

Historical Note

The Minnesota Underground Music Archive (MUMA) is a unique assemblage of publications, publicity, photographs, recordings, and ephemera documenting punk and underground music culture in Minnesota from 1950 to present. MUMA is a community-driven archive with active accruals.


13 Linear Feet (17 boxes)


Collection contains music, art, writing, and photographs documenting independent music scenes in Minnesota.

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Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available.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


The collection was established by Tim Carroll and Liseli Povlika in 2013. Acruals are received on an ongoing basis. Materials have come from numerous individuals, including but limited to: Thomas Boettner, Tim Carroll, Bentley Cunningham, Rachel Davidson, Peter Dyste, Extreme Nosie Records, Elliot Gordon, Andy Lefton, John Mulhouse, Mark Nelson, Liseli Povlika, Robert Quast, Jason Wade, Helen Walden-Fodge.

Related Material

Related collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries can by found by visiting

Other local music archives are also preserved at the Minnesota Historical Society:

Processing Information

Processing of the collection began in 2015, and is ongoing. The finding aid is updated as materials are made available.

Minnesota Underground Music Archive
Kathryn Hujda
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Performing Arts Archives Collecting Area