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Minneapolis Aquatennial: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Primary Sources

Minneapolis Aquatennial Association (Minneapolis, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records at the Minnesota Historical Society
This collection contains the records of a voluntary association that planned and staged the Minneapolis Aquatennial, an annual outdoor summer festival established in 1940 featuring athletic, cultural, and community events. Spanning the years 1940-1990, most of the material was compiled by association president (1979-1981) Fredrick Dresser, and includes historical information; articles of incorporation and bylaws; membership rosters; position descriptions and organization charts; directors and steering committee minutes; financial records; speeches, scripts, and publicity memoranda; newsletters and programs; photographs; and two scrapbooks kept by Micky Lane.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Pamphlets Relating to the Minneapolis Aquatennial Held in Minnesota, 1941-
The Minnesota Historical Society Pamphlet Collection contains pamphlets and printed ephemera relating to parades, events, themes, financial reports and other miscellaneous items about the Aquatennial (one folder).
MNHS call number: F613.M93 M5
Minneapolis Aquatennial Souvenir Program Collection, 1940-
Includes the following years: 1940, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950-1954, 1957, 1958, 1962-1963, 1964 (Silver Anniversary Pictorial),1966, 1967, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1989 (Golden anniversary highlights.)
MNHS call number: F613.M93 M52
Aqua Follies: The Minneapolis Aquatennial Presents the Aqua Follies
Minneapolis, Minn. : Aqua Follies, 1946-
A collection of Aqua Follies souvenir programs from 1946, 1948, and 1951. Each program contains an overview of the performance, photos, and brief biographies of the performers.
MNHS call number: SERIAL 1514
Making Waves
Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Aquatennial, 1994
A bound collection of the yearly newsletter published by the Minneapolis Aquatennial Association, covering the years 1994-2000. The newsletters feature Aquatennial sponsors, royalty, festival schedules, and general festival news and highlights. The newsletters also include a small number of photographs of Aquatennial royalty, events, and logos.
MNHS call number: F613.M93 M55
Minneapolis Aquatennial Association:  Annual report / Minneapolis Aquatennial Association. 
Minneapolis, MN : The Association, 1958; 1963; 1969.
A collection of the Minneapolis Aquatennial Association Annual Reports from 1958, 1963, and 1969. The reports highlight festival events, photos, donors, budgets, and a graphic of the Minneapolis Aquatennial Association Organization Chart.
MNHS call number: SERIAL 40
Aquatennial parade, motion picture
Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1960. 15 min., color. 
MNHS call number: Film E-50
Aquatennial parade, motion picture
Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1958? 4 min., black and white. 
MNHS call number: Film C-53
1945 Victory Aquatennial, motion picture
Produced by the citizens of Minneapolis ; presented by Minneapolis Aquatennial Association ; photographed by A.A. Schwartz, B.A. Skomars. Minneapolis, Minn.? : s.n., 1945. 28 min., color. 
MNHS call number: Film A-133
Wartime Aquatennial, motion picture
Minneapolis, Minn.? : Minneapolis Aquatennial Association, 1943. 28 min., color. 
MNHS call number: Film A-114
Aquatennial 1940, motion picture
By Wayburn Johnston,1940. 9 min., color. 
MNHS call number: Film G-22

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