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American Composers Forum records

Identifier: PA105

Scope andContent Note

The bulk of the collection consists of audio/visual recordings in reel-to-reel, audio cassette, VHS, CD, and DVD formats, recorded between 1973-2000. The collection also contains scores by American Composers Forum artists dating from this time period. Also included in the collection are publications such as programs, newsletters, press clippings, and flyers regarding American Composers Forum artists and activities, and administrative 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.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.

Historical Note

The American Composers Forum is a non-profit service organization for composers, founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1975. The organization began through the efforts of University of Minnesota graduate students in music, including Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, and was originally funded through university student activity funds. The organization became formally incorporated as the Minnesota Composers Forum in 1975, and in 1977 moved operations to office space in the Landmark Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

By 1996, a majority of Minnesota Composers Forum members were living outside of Minnesota. To reflect their changing constituency, the organization changed its name to the American Composers Forum, and chapter organizations were established in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Philadelphia between 1995-2000.

The American Composers Forum continues to offer support to emerging and established composers across the United States. They remain headquarted in the Saint Paul Landmark Center, and continue to partner with performing ensembles and other service organizations at both the local and national level.


14 boxes (14 linear feet)


Collection contains audio/visual recordings, scores, publications, and administrative material created by the Minnesota Composers Forum/American Composers Forum.


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 Minnesota Composers Forum in 1994.

Related Material

More information on American Composers Forum artists Eric Stokes and Stephen Paulus can be found in the Eric Stokes Papers and the Michael Dennis Browne Papers.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Carley Ruemmele and Kathryn Hujda, 2015, with generous support from Creative Heritage Initiative donors.

American Composers Forum records
Kathryn Hujda
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Collecting Area Details

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