Special Collections Newsletter - September 2021

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September 2021

Greetings Local History Friends,

After a Special Collections newsletter hiatus, we’re back with a new and improved format. You have automatically been subscribed to this newsletter. You may update your preferences or cancel your subscription at the bottom of this email. Check out what’s new and noteworthy this month in Special Collections.

Now Open to Researchers

The department re-opened to the public at the end of June with new hours and a new service model. Appointments are not necessary, but you do need to call Special Collections or check-in at the 4th floor reference desk upon arrival for department access.

You can speed up your visit by requesting materials be pulled in advance (email specialcoll@hclib.org or call 612-543-8200). Masks are currently required, regardless of vaccination status.

Monday 9am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 12pm - 4:30pm
Thursday 9am - 4:30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


First Avenue Posters

Exhibit: First Avenue Posters

Minneapolis Central Library, Cargill Gallery
August 25 - October 14, 2021

Special Collections recently purchased a collection of over 200 original silkscreen posters spanning over two decades of concerts at First Avenue. Most of these posters were commissioned prints made by local artists and shops in the mid-2000s. The collection not only documents music performance history at First Avenue, but also the vibrant print scene in the Twin Cities.

Digital Collections

Lot Survey

We continue to add thousands of items to the Digital Collections each month, especially to the Minneapolis Newspaper Photographs Collection and City of Minneapolis Collection. Recent updates also include nearly 5,000 additional Minneapolis lot surveys, which brings the collection up to 1947.

Browse the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections: https://digitalcollections.hclib.org/.


News from the Archives

New Finding Aids

Hennepin County Library Branch Records – History, building information, brochures and flyers, correspondence, and other materials documenting current libraries (and many former libraries) in Hennepin County.

Minneapolis Public Library News Articles – Thousands of newspaper articles documenting the history of Minneapolis Public Library from 1874 to 2008. Articles are arranged chronologically or by subject.

Alice Berg Johnson Lutheran Deaconess Nursing School Papers – Photographs and graduation materials from Alice Berg, a nursing student at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in the 1930s.


Recent Acquisitions

Hennepin County Land Acquisition Group Maps – Maps showing Hennepin County highway and road construction projects through the decades.

D. Zimmerman Postcards – Hundreds of Minneapolis and Lake Minnetonka postcards collected by Lars Peterssen will add to our large assortment of local postcards. View a portion of our postcard collection in the Digital Collections.

Judge Edward F. and Alice Waite Papers – Family correspondence, draft publications, and other papers of the Waite family. As a local judge, Edward Waite helped to reshape America's juvenile justice system. His wife, Alice Waite, was also active in child welfare causes.

From the Blog

Dry Minnehaha Creek

Dry Minnehaha Creek Turns Footpath

August 14, 1947: “The creek has been dry for several days and will remain that way until the rains come again. Normally the creek dries up in September or October, when the oversupply of aqua at Lake Minnetonka gives out. The dry spell, however, took Lake Minnetonka down early this year…Its appearance today harkens back to the thirsty years before 1942, when it was likely the creek would be dry all summer.”

Read the blog post to learn why Minnehaha Creek no longer dries out. Check out more cool local history tidbits at https://hclib.tumblr.com/


Remote Research

Don’t forget, even though Special Collections is now open, we can still help you with your research needs remotely. Need a scan of a book chapter from the Minneapolis History Collection? Looking for newspaper articles on a topic? Need a city directory look-up? Want access to an archival collection? We are here to help.

Email specialcoll@hclib.org or call 612-543-8200.

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