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Minnesota Orchestra Series 4: General Manager Records

Identifier: PA012-Series 4

Scope and Content Note

At some point files in this collection may have been reorganized, and artificial series created that were arranged by person or office. They may be from the staff’s “string files” (copies of correspondence that were circulated among the staff) or they may have been files from the offices of Engle or Cisek. Only samples of significant or illustrative correspondence were retained.

The bulk of material from the mid-1990s to the late 2000s are from the office of Robert Neu. Neu joined the staff of the Minnesota Orchestral Association in August 1995 as vice president and general manager. He had previously served as orchestra manager of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and in comparable positions with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Forest Symphony, and Julliard. Materials include personnel records, administrative files, and programming files. They document the breadth of involvement by the general manager in many activities of the organization due to his supervision of the departments of Personnel, Education, Operations, Artistic Administration, Library, Facilities, and Events. Due to the ongoing and overlapping nature of work within the association, Neu's files also contain files from his predecessors.

This series provides an overview to the Minnesota Orchestra's activities; more detailed records may be found in the departmental records.


  • 1907-2011 (bulk 1965-2011)


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Restrictions on Access

Materials are restricted. Prior permission in writing from the President of the Minnesota Orchestral Association is required. For access, please contact the curator. The original documents do not circulate and may only be used in the Reading Room of the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Photoreproduction and audio reproduction of any materials in which the Minnesota Orchestral Association holds copyright, shall be performed only with the written permission of the MOA except for photoreproduction of any published materials of the Association in the public domain.

Historical Note

In the early years of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the manager was one of the few employees of the organization and handled all the administrative duties necessary to do the business of the Association. In the middle of the 20th century the number of employees increased and many of the functions of the manager were divided among his staff.

Following is a partial listing of general managers of the Orchestra:

  1. R.J. Collins, 190?-10
  2. Wendell Heighton, 1910-20
  3. Arthur Gaines,1923-30, 1938-53
  4. Mrs. Carlyle Scott,1930-38
  5. Boris Sokoloff, 1953-6?
  6. Richard Cisek, 1966-78
  7. Richard Bass, 1978-80
  8. Robert Jones, 1980-83
  9. David Wax, 1984-87
  10. Mark Volpe, 1988-90
  11. Steve Ovitsky, 1991-95
  12. Robert Neu, 1995-2015


25 boxes (25 linear feet)


The general manager manages many activities of the organization, notably the artistic events. These records include personnel records, administrative files, and programming files from the offices of the general manager from the tenure of Boris Sokoloff through that of Robert Neu.

Organization of the Collection

The files in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location



Records were transferred to the archives from the 1970s through 2003.


The office of the General Manager will transfer additional materials to the archives on a regular basis.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski in 2001 and updated in 2002 and 2003.

Minnesota Orchestra Series 4 General Manager Records
Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
21 August 2003
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Collecting Area Details

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