Special Collections Newsletter - October 2021

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October 2021

Greetings Local History Friends,

October is American Archives Month, a time to celebrate the treasures and stories in our archives. Hennepin County Library Special Collections has over 400 archival collections. The collections document life in Hennepin County from the 1800s to today and include everything from club meeting minutes and budgets to personal diaries and family photos and correspondence. Our archival collections are also the source for our Digital Collections, which are growing every week. Check out what’s new and noteworthy this month in Special Collections!

Digital Collections

Inside Minneapolis

Inside Minneapolis” was a monthly television program produced by the Minneapolis Community Development Agency in 1999-2000. It was hosted by Phill Lindsay and featured new developments in the city, the activities of organizations, businesses and individuals in their communities, and items of historical interest. The program was broadcast on the City’s cable channel. Watch all episodes online.

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


News from the Archives

Library Stacks at Minneapolis Central

Arts and Culture Web Archive – Websites of local arts groups and cultural organizations are being preserved in this new collection. As the live websites change, archived versions will still be available here for those exploring the artistic legacy of our community. New websites are still being added. The collection includes museums, historical societies, theatrical and dance companies, art centers, and more. Have a suggestion for a Hennepin County arts organization that should be included? Email us at specialcoll@hclib.org.

Recent Acquisitions

Arlene Fried ELECT Records – Newspaper clipping copies, correspondence, a few photographs, and press releases documenting the efforts of Emergency Lakes Environmental Coalition Task Force (ELECT) to prevent hi-rise development on Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska) in the 1980s.

From the Blog

The Co Op Wars

The Co-op Wars

The creators of the documentary The Co-op Wars conducted some of their research in the Minneapolis History Collection. Check out the new documentary, which “tells the story of the idealistic youth who tried to build an alternative to corporate capitalism, the violent struggle that almost tore them apart, and their eventual success in ways they never foresaw.”

The new 1-hour documentary, The Co-op Wars, airs October 4, 2021 on TPT. Watch a trailer and learn more about the film.

Check out more cool local history tidbits on our blog at https://hclib.tumblr.com/

Now Open to Researchers

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


*Wednesday hours will be expanding at the end of October.

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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