Digital collections

These rich collections feature a variety of digitized materials related to the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, drawn from the Library’s Special Collections. The collections can be searched or browsed, and all of the content can be viewed online and downloaded.

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Annual reports, Minneapolis, 1880s-1920s

149 annual reports of social service organizations from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Annual reports

Floyd P. and Margaret Westenberger Barnard Collection

Photographs of Minneapolis musicians and orchestras from the 1930s and 1940s.

Donated by the Barnard family

Category: Photographs

Charles Bartholomew Collection

Editorial cartoons from the early 1900s drawn for the Minneapolis Journal covering all topics, from local to international.

Donated by Charles Bartholomew

Category: Cartoons

Business trade cards, Minneapolis, 1880s-1920s

510 trade cards from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Trade cards

City of Minneapolis Collection

Thousands of photographs created by various departments of the City of Minneapolis recording city development from 1910s - 2000.

Funded, in part, by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Category: Photographs

Gratia Alta Countryman Collection

Over 200 photographs concerning the long-time director of the Minneapolis Public Library and founder of the Hennepin County Library system.

Donated, in part, by Virginia Buffington Shaw

Category: Photographs

Dayton-Winchell Family Collection

Photographs of members of the Dayton and Winchell families, of retail business and scientific fame, mostly from the late 1800s.

Category: Photographs

Early Minneapolis Business Photos

Two albums of photographs of dozens of Minneapolis businesses from the early 20th century.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Photographs

Barbara Flanagan Collection

Photographs featuring Minneapolis journalist Barbara Flanagan, her family, and many of the individuals she met and interviewed during her long career.

Donated by Barbara Flanagan Sanford

Category: Photographs

Linda Gammell Collection

Over 150 photographs from 1974 of buildings and street scenes in the Dinkytown, Cedar-Riverside and University neighborhoods.

Produced as a work for hire for the Minneapolis Public Library

Category: Photographs

John F. Glanton Collection

Over 800 photographs of the African-American community in Minneapolis and St. Paul in the late 1940s.

Donated by Joan Glanton Howard and Anthony Scott

Category: Photographs

Violet Glyer Collection

Over 300 photographs recording the experiences of a U.S. Army nurse in Europe and North Africa during World War II.

Donated by James Glyer

Category: Photographs

Jeffrey P. Grosscup Collection

Over 400 photographs of Twin Cities people and scenes from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Donated by Jeffrey P. Grosscup

Category: Photographs

Heart of Minneapolis

Photographs of buildings and street scenes from early 20th century Minneapolis.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Photographs

Hennepin County Library Organizational Records

Organizational records of Hennepin County Library. Currently includes annual reports of the Minneapolis Public Library, from 1890-2002, and Hennepin County Library, from 1922-1974; several motion pictures featuring the Minneapolis Public Library; and over 270 lantern slides of early 20th century Minneapolis scenes created by the Minneapolis Public Library, many of them hand-colored by Library staff members.

Category: Annual reports, Film/Video, Photographs

Hennepin County Yearbook Collection

Minneapolis high school yearbooks from the 1890-1977. Includes yearbooks to public and private schools, academies and other educational institutions in Minneapolis and Hennepin County.

Funded, in part, by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Category: Yearbooks

International Stock Food Posters

65 advertising posters from the late 19th century.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Posters

Kate Johnson Collection on Harry Wild Jones

Photographs of Minneapolis houses and buildings designed by Minneapolis architect Harry Wild Jones.

Donated by Kate Johnson

Category: Photographs

Marvin Juell Collection

Several hundred photographs of the Aquatennial and other local events taken by an Minneapolis Public Library employee during the early 1940s.

Donated by Marvin Juell

Category: Photographs

Floyd Kelley Collection

Color slides from the early-mid 1960s centered on the fate of some historic buildings during the urban renewal movement.

Donated by Floyd Kelley

Category: Photographs

Robert Mack Collection

Photographs from the 1990s of buildings and houses in Dinkytown, Fraternity Row (University of Minnesota) and Lake of the Isles. Taken by students enrolled in classes taught by University of Minnesota professor Robert Mack.

Donated by Robert Mack

Category: Photographs

Minneapolis and Hennepin County Maps and Atlases

138 maps and 5 atlases of Minneapolis and Hennepin County from 1848-1974.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Maps

Minneapolis Building Permit Index Card Collection

Building permit records for all Minneapolis houses and buildings, from 1884-1972.

Donated by the City of Minneapolis

Category: Manuscripts

Minneapolis City Directories

Minneapolis City Directories from 1859-1922.

Funded, in part, by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the former Professional Librarians Union of Minneapolis (PLUM)

Category: Monographs

Minneapolis Community Newspapers Collection

ECCO News

Over a thousand photographs of people, buildings, street scenes and events in the East Calhoun neighborhood from 1970s, 80s and 90s, originally published in the ECCO News. Donated by the East Calhoun Community Organization

Hill & Lake Press

Digital reproductions of the community newspaper for the East Isles, Lowry Hill, Kenwood and CIDNA neighborhoods. Permission granted by Hill & Lake Press

The Surveyor

Over a thousand photographs of people, buildings, street scenes and events in the Elliot Park neighborhood from the 1980s and early 1990s, originally published in the community newspaper, The Surveyor. Donated by the newspaper's last editor, Gary Peterson

Trilby Busch Photographs

120 photographs originally published in the Wedge, taken by former Wedge editor, Trilby Busch. Donated by Trilby Busch 

Wedge

Digital reproductions of the community newspaper for Lowry Hill East neighborhood. Permission granted by the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

Additional photos and newspaper issues will be added.

Category: Newspapers, Photographs

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Collection

Photographs of Minneapolis redevelopment projects from the early 1970s, mainly the Nicollet-Lake and Washington Avenue districts.

Donated by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

Category: Photographs

Minneapolis House Plans

12 books of house plans by Minneapolis architects.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Monographs

Minneapolis Model City Collection

Photographs of Minneapolis houses and buildings from the early 1970s, taken by staff of the Minneapolis Model City program.

Donated by the City of Minneapolis

Category: Photographs

Minneapolis Newspaper Photographs Collection

Thousands of photographs of Minneapolis scenes, buildings, and people from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Funded, in part, by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Category: Photographs

Ezra Fitch Pabody Diaries

7 diaries recording the impressions of Minneapolis life during the booming 1880s, written by a young man. 

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Diaries

Theodore J. Richardson Collection

Watercolor and oil paintings of Alaska, California, and Europe by Minnesota artist Theodore J. Richardson (April 5, 1855 – November 19, 1914). The collection also includes several photographs of the artist at work.

Donated by Mrs. James B. Sutherland in 1944

Category: Artwork, Photographs

James G. Smith Collection

Correspondence and photographs by an ordinary soldier in WWII writing home from the European Theater to his wife and parents in Minneapolis. Over 300 letters and 100 photographs of scenes of Germany at the end of the war.

Purchased by the Hennepin County Library

Category: Letters, Photographs

Stereographs, Minneapolis, 1880s-1910s

Stereocards of Minneapolis scenes from the 1880s through the 1910s.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Photographs

James Taulman Collection

Over 160 color photographs of downtown Minneapolis buildings taken in 1980 as part of an architectural survey of various cities in the United States and Canada by James Taulman.

Purchased by Hennepin County Library

Category: Photographs

Theater programs, Minneapolis, 1880s-1920s

98 programs for performances in Minneapolis theaters from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Programs

Trade Catalogs, Minneapolis, 1880s-1920s

133 catalogs from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library

Category: Catalogs

Carl Warmington Collection

Photographs of the "Skid Row" district of Minneapolis from the 1930s.

Donated by Carl Warmington

Category: Photographs

World War II Propaganda Posters

Original American, German, and Russian World War II propaganda posters.

Category: Posters

Joseph Zalusky Collection

Over 100 photographs of downtown Minneapolis streets and intersections from the early 1940s.

Donated by the Zalusky family

Category: Photographs