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First Fridays: Drama and Living Archives

October 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A collection of letters scattered on a table

To Whom It May Concern: Letters in the Archives

A collection of letters scattered on a tableCorrespondence, letters, notes, messages, mail – there are many words for these materials that comprise the backbone of the archives. This year we will uplift the humble letters that pepper our collections. Join us on Oct. 6 for the first event in the 2023-24 First Fridays season, featuring presentations from the Performing Arts Archives and from the central processing unit at the Archives and Special Collections.

Please register to attend in person or online. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events.

Register for Oct. 6

Drama in the Archives!: Correspondence From Behind the Scenes

Presented by Deborah Ultan, Curator, Performing Arts Archives

Legacy dance, theater, and music companies from the state of MN found their way through passionate personalities mixed with big dreams and a lot of drama! The letters of directors, visionaries, administrators, critics, students, and teachers from the Performing Arts Archives will be shared, revealing hair raising and stunning moments.

Living Archives, Participating in Collective Social Memory

Presented by Rachel Weiher, Processing Archivist, and Jemma Kloss, Offsite Collections Archivist, Central Processing

Coming from our Central Processing staff, who get to work with all Archives and Special Collections units, this presentation will explore pivotal moments in archivists’ memories around correspondence and the social transmission and impact of these memories.

Event details

What: First Fridays, “Drama in the Archives!: Correspondence From Behind the Scenes” and “Living Archives, Participating in Collective Social Memory”
When: Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 | Light buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. | Presentations begin at noon | A tour of the archival caverns will follow the presentation
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 and ONLINE | Parking and directions

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.


October 6, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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