Collection contains 174
colored renderings and 8 pencil sketches of stage design for fraternal
Minnesota Libraries. Performing Arts Archives, Manuscripts
Access and Use
Purchased from Herb Gahagen in 1989 by the University of Minnesota
Theatre Arts Department, the University Libraries and outside donors.
The collection is open and available for use.
Contact the archivist regarding copyright to these materials.
The collection was processed by Wendy Rae Waszut, 1990-1991.
Alternate Form AvailableThe following is a link to an online database containing digitized
versions of the renderings in this collection:
Holak collection (PA 49), Performing Arts Archives, University of
Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.
The Holak Collection focuses on the first generation of stage design
for fraternal organizations by scenic studios located throughout the Eastern
United States of America. Containing 182 pieces, this collection represents
some of the first theatrical elements supplied to fraternal organizations
during the late-nineteenth and the early-twentieth century. Although a majority
of the collection represents the work of one studio, Sosman and Landis
(Chicago, Illinois), other studios, such as The New York Studio, are
identifiable. This collection was salvaged from an abandoned scenic studio in
New York City in the late 1980s by Mr. Holak, a former employee of The New York
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection holds some of the earliest examples of theatrical
designs for Masonic ceremonial staging. Represented by 174 colored renderings
and 8 pencil sketches, they depict not only the Scottish Rite Temple of
Freemasonry, but also the York Rite Temple of Freemasonry.
An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the
- This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog
of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about
related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these
- Sosman and
- The New York
- Scene painting