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Minnesota Underground Music Archive

Identifier: PA115
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).


  • 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

Copyright is retained by the copyright holder.


13 Linear Feet (17 boxes)


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

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. The collection includes several related collections, such as the photographs of Adam DeGross and the Venus DeMars papers.


The collection is organized in the following series:
  1. Audio/Visual
  2. Ephemera
  3. Posters
  4. Publications
  5. Events and Artists
  6. Books
  7. T-Shirts
  8. Costume Sketches and Patterns

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An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available.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 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 include: Adam Degross Photography Collection (PA115a); Bill Caron Collection (PA115b); Venus DeMars Collection (PA115d)

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
Helen L. Walden-Fodge
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Collecting Area

Part of the Performing Arts Archives Collecting Area