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.
Search digital collections
Photographs of Minneapolis musicians and orchestras from the 1930s and 1940s.
Donated by the Barnard family
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
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
Photographs of members of the Dayton and Winchell families, of retail business and scientific fame, mostly from the late 1800s.
Two albums of photographs of dozens of Minneapolis businesses from the early 20th century.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Digital Library
Over a thousand photographs of people, buildings, streetscenes and events in East Calhoun neighborhood from 1970s, 80s and 90s from the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) newspaper.
Donated by ECCO
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
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
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
Over 400 photographs of Twin Cities people and scenes from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Donated by Jeffrey P. Grosscup
Photographs of buildings and street scenes from early 20th century Minneapolis.
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
Color slides from the early-mid 1960s centered on the fate of some historic buildings during the urban renewal movement.
Donated by Floyd Kelley
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
Photographs of Minneapolis redevelopment projects from the early 1970s, mainly the Nicollet-Lake and Washington Avenue districts.
Donated by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission
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
Thousands of photographs of Minneapolis scenes, buildings, and people from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
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
Stereocards of Minneapolis scenes from the 1880s through the 1910s.
Photographs of the "Skid Row" district of Minneapolis from the 1930s.
Donated by Carl Warmington
Over 100 photographs of downtown Minneapolis streets and intersections from the early 1940s.
Donated by the Zalusky family