The Minneapolis History Collection is one of the area's best local history resources. It contains historic and current materials related to the city of Minneapolis including more than 300 archive and manuscript collections.Watch Introducing...Hennepin County Library's Special Collections for a brief tour.
Other collections of interest:
- History of Books and Printing Collection
- Kittleson World War II Collection
- Nineteenth Centry American Studies Collection
- Huttner Abolition and Anti-Slavery Collection
- Hoag Mark Twain Collection
- Dodge Autograph Collection
Materials are available for use in the Special Collections department. Please review our instructions for visitors.
Check the library catalog for holdings on specific titles and subjects.
Donations may be accepted by the Special Collections department. Please review the donation guidelines for more information or contact staff directly. Please contact the Friends of the Hennepin County Library about financial donations to support the collections.
The James K. Hosmer Special Collections department shares space with the Minneapolis Athenaeum, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to acquiring and preserving books and manuscripts and making them available to the public.
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Plan your visit to Special Collections
We welcome visitors! Please call at least one day ahead to make an appointment if you have a reference question or a research project.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday &
First and Third Saturdays of the month
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