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:
- Online catalog
- Anna Halprin Digital Archive
- Bay Area Theater Images Collection
- California Light and Sound
- Chinese Theater Images Collection
- Christensen Family Digital Archive
- Legacy Oral History Online Collection
- Leonid Yakobson Digital Archive (developed by Janice Ross and Ljubisa Matic in partnership with MP+D)
- MUSE 1 2 3
- Preserving San Francisco's Musical Landscape
For more information about MP+D, its holdings and activities visit www.mpdsf.org or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.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.