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About MP+D


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Captured Live: 50 Years of San Francisco Bay Area Photography is a project of the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D). Located in San Francisco, MP+D is the only independent, non-profit arts organization in the United States devoted to the history of performing arts and theatrical design. Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with the San Francisco Ballet, the organization was long known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) until it changed its name to Museum of Performance + Design in 2007. MP+D has served the arts community for nearly seventy years as a cultural resource and an archive for some of our nation's most important performance related materials. MP+D manages a rare collection of 3.5M items on the history of performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area, hosts public programs onsite with other resources online:


For more information about MP+D, its holdings and activities visit www.mpdsf.org or contact us directly at info@mpdsf.org.

Cataloging, digitization, and access of collections featured on this site is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

MP+D staff would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to this project: Carolyn Balsey, Katlin Cunningham, Dosia Matthews, John Mazurski, Sarah Pope, Michael Williams, and Daphne Wray.