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American Composers Forum records

Identifier: PA105
The bulk of the collection consists of audio/visual recordings inreel-to-reel, audio cassette, VHS, CD, and DVD formats, recorded between1973-2000. The collection also contains scores by American Composers Forumartists dating from this time period. Also included in the collection arepublications such as programs, newsletters, press clippings, and flyersregarding American Composers Forum artists and activities, and someadministrative records.


  • 1962-2002

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictionson Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.


14 boxes (14 linear feet)


Collection containsaudio/visual recordings, scores, publications, and administrative materialcreated by the Minnesota Composers Forum/American Composers Forum.


The American Composers Forum is a non-profit service organization forcomposers, founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1975. The organization beganthrough the efforts of University of Minnesota graduate students in music,including Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, and was originally funded throughuniversity student activity funds. The organization became formallyincorporated as the Minnesota Composers Forum in 1975, and in 1977 movedoperations to office space in the Landmark Center in Saint Paul,Minnesota.

By 1996, a majority of Minnesota Composers Forum members wereliving outside of Minnesota. To reflect their changing constituency, theorganization changed its name to the American Composers Forum, and chapterorganizations were established in New York, Boston, San Francisco, WashingtonDC, and Philadelphia between 1995-2000.

The American Composers Forumcontinues to offer support to emerging and established composers across theUnited States. They remain headquarted in the Saint Paul Landmark Center, andcontinue to partner with performing ensembles and other service organizationsat both the local and national level.


The collection is organized in the following series:
  1. Audio/Visual
  2. Administrative
  3. Publications
  4. Scores

Physical Location



The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by the MinnesotaComposers Forum in 1994.


More information on American Composers Forum artists Eric Stokes and StephenPaulus can be found in theEric Stokes Papersand theMichael Dennis Browne Papers.


The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Carley Ruemmeleand Kathryn Hujda, 2015, with generous support from Creative HeritageInitiative donors.
American Composers Forum records
Kathryn Hujda
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Collecting Area

Part of the Performing Arts Archives Collecting Area