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At the Foot of the Mountain records

Identifier: PA045

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains files from past productions, meeting minutes, workshops, public and private funding, various correspondence newspaper clippings scripts and prompt books. There are also audio and video tapes from past productions.


  • Creation: 1974-1991

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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 holders.

Biographical / Historical

At the Foot of the Mountain Feminist Theatre opened its doors in 1974 as an experimental theater by and for women. It was opened by Martha and Paul Boesing who originally had opened the theater in Cambridge, Mass., and Atlanta before laying roots in Minneapolis. Martha Boesing was the writer and producer of many of the plays with help from Phyllis Jane Rose and other members of the company.

Before its closure in 1991 it was known as the oldest continuously-producing women's theater in the United States, and the longest-running professional women's theater in the country. Plays on issues such as rape, prostitution, addiction, war, and musicals about Nancy Drew were among the numerous plays that AFOM produced during its almost 17 years in production. The plays were performed by both professionally and academically trained members, and were often performed in front of sold-out crowds.


240 Cubic Feet


Files containing meeting minutes, funding, productions, financial records, and audio/video tapes from past productions


The collection is organized into 11 different series:

  1. Board of Directors
  2. Financial
  3. Funding
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Operations
  6. Phyllis Jane Rose
  7. Productions
  8. Publicity
  9. Scrapbook
  10. Audio Tapes
  11. Video Tapes

Physical Location

High Bay


Materials for this collection were first received in 1988; after the closure of the theater the balance of the materials were acquired in 1993 and 1998.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Archives Staff and the finding aid written by Christine Avery, 2010.

At the Foot of the Mountain records
Archives staff; Christine Avery
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

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