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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Society of Fine Arts, Inc, Mankato, Minnesota Papers, 1963 - 1974

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Society of Fine Arts, Inc., Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1963 - 1974.
MSU Archives Collection 1227

Society of Fine Arts Inc., Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1963 - 1974. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1227. 2 oversized records cartons.


This collection consists of the papers of the Society of Fine Arts, Inc., of Mankato, Minnesota. This organization promoted music, dance, films, and theater in the Mankato area from 1963 until 1974. The collection contains the records of the organization, including meeting minutes, membership lists, financial records, and correspondence. Also included are miscellaneous items such as scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, and programs, which relate to the Society of Fine Arts, Inc.

Historical Note:

The Society of Fine Arts, Inc. received certification of organization as a non-profit organization from the State of Minnesota July 12, 1963. The organization solicited memberships and raised funds from the greater Mankato area. The society issued a monthly calendar of arts activities, supported an arts center in city hall, published a magazine titled Imprint, and brought in speakers on arts related subjects. Fine Arts, Inc. established a gallery on Front Street in Mankato when space at city hall was no longer available. From that location, the society held art and craft shows, classes, and sales.

The object of the organization was to promote art, music, dance, films, and theater in the Mankato area. The Society of Fine Arts, Inc. presented concerts, recitals, films, and an annual arts festival. The organization ceased activities in 1974.

Scope and Content:

This collection is made up items relating to the Society of Fine Arts, Inc., which operated in Mankato, Minnesota from 1963 until 1974. Included in this collection are eleven volumes of scrapbooks. These books outline the history of the Society, but sometimes stray from chronological order. In these scrapbooks are newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, ticket stubs, and other miscellaneous items relating to the Society. The person who assembled these volumes is not identified. Also included in the collection are three folders of internal papers from the Society. These papers include membership lists, by-laws, and meeting minutes. A file of miscellaneous papers is also included. This file contains some correspondence, a photograph, and newspaper clippings, all of which are related to the Society of Fine Arts, Inc.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Society of Fine Arts, Inc., Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1963 - 1974. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1227, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Georgia Rettmer and Mr. Herbert Owen donated this collection in February and October of 1976.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in December 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

it has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about the Society of Fine Arts, Inc. available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Society of Fine Arts, Inc.-Mankato (Minn.)
Entertainment events-Arts.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1227



Membership Lists



Minutes, 1973 – 1975, Membership Lists



Miscellaneous Papers, 1973 – 1976



Scrapbooks, Volume 1



Scrapbooks, Volume 2



Scrapbooks, Volume 3



Scrapbooks, Volume 4



Scrapbooks, Volume 5



Scrapbooks, Volume 6



Scrapbooks, Volume 7



Scrapbooks, Volume 8



Scrapbooks, Volume 9



Scrapbooks, Volume 10



Scrapbooks, Volume 11