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James Sewell Ballet records

Identifier: PA085

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records from 1992 and ongoing, and includes performance data; corporate records—board minutes, marketing and advertising materials, and correspondence; fundraising records; published materials such as programs, postcards, newsletters, brochures, and other promotional materials; and photographs.


  • Creation: 1990-2017


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Restrictions on Access

Collection contains restricted materials in box 3 and 31. For more information, please contact the Performing Arts Archives.

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

James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by Minneapolis native James Sewell and Sally Rouse and brought to Minnesota in 1992. The James Sewell Ballet is known for consistently pushing the technical and artistic boundaries of ballet.

The troupe of eight core dancers has worked with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Ballet Arts Minnesota. The dancers have performed in nearly 50 Minnesota communities, 28 states, as well as internationally.


32 Linear Feet (31 boxes and 1 poster tube)


The collection contains corporate records, including board minutes and fundraising information, performance data, publicity and marketing materials, photographs and promotional materials.

Physical Location



The records were donated to the Performing Arts Archives beginning in 2005, with accruals added at an infrequent rate.


Additions to the Records will be donated on an annual basis as possible.

Related Materials

Select materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online in Umedia by visiting:

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Archives student assistants and the finding aid written by Barbara Bezat.

James Sewell Ballet records
Barbara Bezat
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Revision Statements

  • November 2011:: New accession processed and EAD updated.
  • June 2019: Collection reprocessed.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Performing Arts Archives Collecting Area