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Floyd P. and Margaret Westenberger Barnard Collection

Photographs of Minneapolis musicians and orchestras from the 1930s and 1940s. Donated by the Barnard family.

 

Floyd Presnall Barnard (1897-1987) was a musician, composer, music instructor and band leader. He taught and conducted band at Roosevelt High School and Jefferson Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He composed many …

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Floyd P. and Margaret Westenberger Barnard Collection

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.

 

Charles “Bart” Bartholomew was born in Chariton, Iowa on February 10, 1869 to parents Col. Orion A. and Mary Smith Bartholomew. He died on February 15, 1949, after a long …

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Charles Bartholomew Collection

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.

This collection includes images from various City agencies which managed building and housing projects since the 1930s, including the Minneapolis …

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City of Minneapolis Collection

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.

Gratia Alta Countryman (1866-1953) was the third director of the Minneapolis Public Library and the founder of the Hennepin County Library. In 1904 she …

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Gratia Alta Countryman Collection

Dayton-Winchell Family Collection

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

This collection contains dozens of early photographs of members of the Dayton family of retail fame (the founders of the Target Corporation) and the Winchell family, prominent in the study of Minnesota …

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Dayton-Winchell Family Collection

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.

Barbara Flanagan was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Drake University from 1942-1945, where she pursued a major in drama. After a summer at the …

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Barbara Flanagan Collection

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.

 

The photographer Linda Gammell took these photographs for the Library in 1973 in conjunction with an display in the arcade of the old Central …

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Linda Gammell Collection

John F. Glanton Collection

Over 800 photographs of the African-American community in Minneapolis and St. Paul in the late 1940s. Donated by the children of John Glanton.

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the photographs in this collection have not been identified.  If you know the identity of the individuals, places or events in these photographs, please feel free to record …

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John F. Glanton Collection

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.

 

May Violet Victoria Glyer (who went by the name of Violet) was born in Chisago County, Minnesota on May 31, 1907 to Alfred and Beda Lindberg Glyer.  She entered the University of Minnesota …

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Violet Glyer Collection

Jeffrey P. Grosscup Collection

Over 400 photographs of Twin Cities people and scenes from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Donated by Jeffrey P. Grosscup.

Jeffrey P. Grosscup was a Minneapolis-based commercial photographer specializing in editorial, promotional and event photography. His subjects range widely and include individuals and scenes related to health care, higher …

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Jeffrey P. Grosscup Collection

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 …

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Hennepin County Library Organizational Records

Hennepin County Yearbook Collection

Minneapolis high school yearbooks from 1890-1977. Funded, in part, by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

This collection includes yearbooks of public and private schools, academies and other educational institutions in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The yearbooks were acquired …

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Hennepin County Yearbook Collection

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.

Marvin Juell was a custodian for the Minneapolis Public Library and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. He donated to the Library dozens of reels of black & white …

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Marvin Juell Collection

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.

Minneapolis amateur photographer Floyd Kelley recorded the demolition and construction of various buildings and structures in Minneapolis in early 1960s, including the Metropolitan building, …

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Floyd Kelley Collection

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.

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Minneapolis Building Permit Index Card Collection

Building permit records for all Minneapolis houses and buildings, from 1884-1972. Donated by the City of Minneapolis.

This is a collection of original index cards recording permitted work performed on Minneapolis houses and building from 1884-1973. These cards record much interesting and useful information about the history of your house …

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Minneapolis Building Permit Index Card Collection

Minneapolis Community Newspapers

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


Wedge
Digital reproductions of the community newspaper for Lowry Hill East neighborhood.

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Minneapolis Community Newspapers

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.

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission donated these images, along with a number of other documents and reports, to the Library in the …

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Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Collection

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.

Many of the papers from Minneapolis' participation in the Model Cities Program of the late 1960s - early 1970s are held by the Hennepin County Library. This collection of …

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Minneapolis Model City Collection

Minneapolis Newspaper Photograph 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.

This collection is drawn from a newspaper clipping and photo file for the various Minneapolis newspapers covering the time period from roughly 1910 to 1950 and includes the

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Minneapolis Newspaper Photograph Collection

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.

Born in Readfield, Maine, Theodore Jerome Richardson grew up in Red Wing, …

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Theodore J. Richardson Collection

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.

The James G. Smith Collection is a collection of World War II …

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James G. Smith Collection

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.

James Taulman, a Kansas-based housing inspector, took these photograph as part of a 200-city tour in 1980-81 for the …

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James Taulman Collection

Carl Warmington Collection

Photographs of the "Skid Row" district of Minneapolis from the 1930s. Donated by Carl Warmington.

 

Carl Warmington (1907-2006) was a social worker who spent several years working for the Men's Bureau in Minneapolis' Gateway District or "skid row." The photographs in this collection were taken in the area around the Anchor …

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Carl Warmington Collection

World War II Propaganda Poster Collection

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

The posters were acquired through donation and purchase over many years. The digital versions were created through a joint grant-funded project with the University of Minnesota in 2003.

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World War II Propaganda Poster Collection

Joseph Zalusky Collection

Over 100 photographs of downtown Minneapolis streets and intersections from the early 1940s. Donated by the Zalusky family.

 

Joseph W. Zalusky was a director of the Hennepin History Museum, the author of several articles on Minnesota history, and a lifelong advocate for local history and the preservation of historical sites. Zalusky …

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Joseph Zalusky Collection

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