Learn about family and local history with research tools and resources highlighting Minneapolis and its suburbs.
Available only in a library. Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage, and military records, family and local history collections, newspapers and directories. Best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Original historical documents including U.S. military records, newspapers, images, city directories, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.
Records of Colonial and Revolutionary U.S., Immigration, Royal and Noble families, Native American tribes, and New England. Includes information on getting started and essential research tips.
American local history books, primary sources, family histories, images, and finding aids. Goes back to the late 1700's.
Fire insurance maps for Minnesota counties and cities from 1867-1970.
Digitized images of the Minneapolis City Directory, 1859-1922. Contains historic information about local businesses, former residents, and their occupations.
Digitized images of public and private Minneapolis high school yearbooks from 1859-1922. Index of additional yearbooks available for those not yet online.
Images, maps and documents from more than 150 cultural heritage organizations, including Hennepin County Library's Special Collections.
Full-text articles from Minneapolis, Minnesota newspaper, including Minneapolis Star and Tribune and all three local editions: Minneapolis, Metro, and St. Paul.
Explore history and learn how to research your own family.
One of the area's best local history resources, the collection covers all aspects of the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County and includes books, photographs, high school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings.
All resources are available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library. Many have also been digitized and are available online.
Researching the history of homes, buildings and neighborhoods in Minneapolis
Hennepin County Library houses several hundred manuscript and archives collections in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.
View list of collections and finding aids
Features highlights from the James K. Hosmer Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.