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Original historical documents including U.S. military records, newspapers, images, city directories, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.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, 1859-1931. Contains historic information about local businesses, former residents, and their occupations.
Full-page images from original Minneapolis newspapers, available to search or browse via Minnesota Historical Society's Digital Newspaper Hub. Begins in 1867 with the Minneapolis Daily Tribune and ends in 1922 with the Minneapolis Morning Tribune.
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.
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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, school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings.
Resources are available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library and many have been digitized and are available online.
Many items, including thousands of photos, have been digitized and are available online to search, browse or download.
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In most cases, there is no single document that will provide you with a complete history of your home, property, or neighborhood. Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library has many resources to help you find information.
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Hennepin County Library houses several hundred manuscript and archives collections in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.
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The collection includes hundreds of yearbooks for public and private city schools.
Features highlights from the James K. Hosmer Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.