Minnesota Digital Library, MDL, is a site made up of more than 200 contributing organizations that collaborate on digitizing historical records that will preserve the history and culture of Minnesota. Below are some curated collections and some topics/subjects, but this is not a complete listing of their holdings. Be sure to search for areas of personal interest.

 

 

 

 

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Minnesota Residence Records

Directories

Duluth – 1882 Duluth City Directory for Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota

St. Cloud – 1888 St. Cloud City Directory

St. Cloud – 1892 St. Cloud City Directory

St. Cloud – 1894 St. Cloud City Directory

St. Cloud – 1896 St. Cloud City Directory

St. Cloud – 1897 St. Cloud City Directory

St. Cloud – 1899 St. Cloud City Directory

St. Cloud – 1901 St. Cloud City Directory

Stillwater – 1882 Stillwater City Directory

Stillwater – 1887 Stillwater City Directory

Stillwater – 1890-91 Stillwater City Directory

Stillwater – 1892-93 Stillwater City Directory

Stillwater – 1894 Stillwater City Directory

Stillwater – 1896-97 Stillwater City Directory

Stillwater – 1898-99 Stillwater City Directory

Virginia – 1947 – Virginia Index, Complete Directory of all Virginia Business Establishments Plus Briefs on our City and Institutions

Fillmore County – 1915 – Atlas and Farm Directory of Fillmore County, Minnesota (plat book)

Mille Lacs County – 1914 Atlas and Farm Directory of Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

Olmsted County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Olmsted County Minnesota

Winona County – 1914 – Atlas and Farmers’ Directory of Winona County, Minnesota

 

 

 

Maps

Minneapolis – 1917 – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1917

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1889

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1890

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1893

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1894

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1898

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1902

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1908

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1909

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1912

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1913

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1914

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1915

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1916

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1916

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1919

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1920

Minneapolis – Map of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, copyright secured 1922

Cottonwood County – 1909 – Standard Atlas of Cottonwood County Minnesota, 1909

Crow Wing County – 1913 – Standard Atlas (Plat Book) Crow Wing County, Minnesota 1913

Earth County – 1914 – Standard Atlas, Blue Earth County, Minnesota

Fillmore County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Fillmore County Minnesota (Plat book)

Martin County – 1911 – Standard Atlas of Martin County, Minnesota

Mower County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Mower County, Minnesota of 1896

Nobles County – 1914 – Standard Atlas of Nobles County Minnesota, 1914

Olmsted County – 1878 – Plat Book of Olmsted County, Minnesota

Pennington County – 1911 – Standard County Atlas, 1911 Plat Book of Red Lake and Pennington Counties, Minnesota

Red Lake County – 1911 – Standard County Atlas, 1911 Plat Book of Red Lake and Pennington Counties, Minnesota

Wabasha County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Wabasha County, Minnesota

Washington County – 1901 – Plat Book of Washington County, Minnesota

 

 

 

Land Records

Blue Earth County – 1914 – Standard Atlas, Blue Earth County, Minnesota

Cottonwood County – 1896 – PlatBook of Cottonwood County Minnesota, 1896

Cottonwood County – 1909 – Standard Atlas of Cottonwood County Minnesota, 1909

Cottonwood County – 1926 – Atlas of Cottonwood County Minnesota and the World, 1926

Crow Wing County – 1913 – Standard Atlas (PlatBook) Crow Wing County, Minnesota 1913

Dakota County – 1896 – Platbook of Dakota County, Minnesota

Dodge County – 1894 – New Map of Dodge County, Minnesota, 1894

Dodge County – 1905 – Atlas of Dodge County Minnesota

Dodge County – 1914 – Atlas and Farmer’s Directory of Dodge County Minnesota

Duluth – 1887 – Outline map of Duluth and suburbs showing proposed parks and boulevard

Earth County – 1914 – Standard Atlas, Blue Earth County, Minnesota

Excelsior Township – 1940 – PlattedProperty in Excelsior Township; Arden and Park of Wychwood in Minnetrista Township; partial plat of Island Park, Minnesota

Fillmore County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Fillmore County Minnesota (Platbook)

Fillmore County – 1915 – Atlas and Farm Directory of Fillmore County, Minnesota (plat book)

Goodhue County – 1921 – PlatBook of Goodhue County, Minnesota

Goodhue County – 1921 – PlatBook of Goodhue County, Minnesota

Grant County – 1900 – Standard Atlas of Grant County, Minnesota

Grant County – 1914 – Atlas and Farmers’ Directory of Grant County Minnesota

Hennepin County – 1898 – Platbook of Hennepin County, Minnesota; Plat book of Ramsey County, Minnesota

Kandiyohi County – 1886 – PlatBook of Kandiyohi County, 1886

Kandiyohi County – 1900 – PlatBook of Kandiyohi County, 1900

Kandiyohi County – 1905 – The Illustrated History of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

Kandiyohi County – Plat Book of Kandiyohi County, 1886

Mahtomedi – 1900 – Section 20, Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Martin County – 1903 – The Sentinel PlatBook of Martin County, Minnesota

Martin County – 1903 – The Sentinel PlatBook of Martin County, Minnesota

Martin County – 1911 – Standard Atlas of Martin County, Minnesota

Martin County – 1920 – Martin County PlatBook and Livestock Breeders’ Guide

Minneapolis – 1885 – A complete set of surveys and platsof properties in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Morrison County – 1892 – PlatBook of Morrison County Minnesota, 1892

Morrison County – 1902 – Platbook of Morrison County, Minnesota, 1902

Morrison County – 1902-1907 – Platbook of Morrison County, Minnesota, 1902-1907?

Morrison County – 1912 – Platbook of Morrison County, Minnesota, 1912?

Morrison County – 1892 – Plat Book of Morrison County Minnesota, 1892

Mower County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Mower County, Minnesota of 1896

Nicollet County – 1899 – PlatBook of Nicollet County, Minnesota (1899)

Nobles County – 1888 – PlatBook Nobles County Minnesota, 1888

Nobles County – 1914 – Standard Atlas of Nobles County Minnesota, 1914

Oak Park Heights – 1894-1912 – Section 3, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

Olmsted County – 1878 – PlatBook of Olmsted County, Minnesota

Olmsted County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Olmsted County Minnesota

Olmsted County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Olmsted County Minnesota

Olmsted County – 1914 – Atlas and Farmers’ Directory of Olmsted County Minnesota

Olmsted County – 1928 – Atlas of Olmsted County Minnesota Containing Maps of Townships of the County

Pennington County – 1911 – Standard County Atlas, 1911 Plat Book of Red Lake and Pennington Counties, Minnesota

Polk County – 1930 – Standard Atlas of Polk County, Minnesota

Pope County – 1904 – Pope County PlatBook, 1904

Pope County – 1910 – Pope County PlatBook, 1910

Red Lake County – 1911 – Standard County Atlas, 1911 Plat Book of Red Lake and Pennington Counties, Minnesota

Redwood County – 1921 – PlatBook of Redwood County, Minnesota

Renville County – 1888 – PlatBook of Renville County, Minnesota, 1888

Renville County – 1900 – PlatBook of Renville County, Minnesota, 1900

Renville County – 1900 – Plat Book of Renville County, Minnesota, 1900

Sherburne County – 1903 – PlatBook of Sherburne County, Minnesota and Plat Book of Benton County, Minnesota

Sherburne County – Plat Book of Sherburne County, Minnesota and Plat Book of Benton County, Minnesota

St. Paul – 1891 – Atlas of St. Paul, Minnesota (Plat Book), Volume 4, 1891

St. Paul – 1891 – Atlas of St. Paul, Minnesota (PlatBook), Volume 2, 1891

St. Paul – 1891 – Atlas of St. Paul, Minnesota (PlatBook), Volume 3, 1891

St. Paul – 1891 – Atlas of St. Paul, Minnesota (PlatBook), Volume 1, 1891-01

Stearns County – 1896 – 1896 PlatBook of Stearns County, Minnesota

Thompson Township – 1980 – Platmap of Thomson Township by J. Raymond Mattinen, with locations of various features added, Thomson Township, Carlton County, Minnesota

Todd County – 1906 – PlatBook of Todd County Minnesota 1906

Wabasha County – 1896 – Standard Atlas of Wabasha County, Minnesota

Waseca County – 1875 – 1872 Ledger with hand-drawn platsof Waseca County, including a list of taxes paid and bounty for killing wolves, Waseca County, Minnesota

Washington County – 1847-1857 – Road PlatBook, Number 1, Washington County, Minnesota

Washington County – 1858-1867 – Road PlatBook, Number 2, Washington County, Minnesota

Washington County – 1901- PlatBook of Washington County, Minnesota

Winona County – 1894 – Platbook of Winona County, Minnesota

 

 

 

Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

Minnesota Daily Life Records

 

Church & Religion

Christian Women

Church Management

Church Membership

Church Work

Seminarians

Theological Seminaries

 

 

Employment, Occupations, Industry

Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota – The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program started in 1933; Minnesota’s 148 camps had over 70,000 workers.

Construction of the Apron at St. Anthony Falls, Mississippi River – Learn about the need for and development of the St. Anthony Falls Apron in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Lumber Industry in Minnesota – Learn how the lumber industry used natural resources, labor, technology, and transportation to harvest Minnesota’s pine forests.

Made in Minnesota: Patent Medicine on the Prairie – This primary source set provides a brief overview of patent medicine with some Minnesota-related resources.

Mechanization of Farming in Minnesota – Learn about the history mechanization of farming in Minnesota.

Mining on the Iron Range – Learn about Minnesota’s Iron Range, the immigrants who settled there and how iron mining has helped shape Minnesota.

Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934 – One of the most violent labor disputes in state history took place at the height of the Depression.

Minnesota’s Three Major Railroads – Learn how three of Minnesota’s major railroads formed and how they contributed to the development of Minnesota.

Morgan Park: U. S. Steel’s Company Town in Duluth, Minnesota – Learn about Morgan Park, a neighborhood in Duluth, constructed by U.S. Steel as a planned community and company town.

Motion picture theaters in Minnesota – Motion picture theaters have played a role in the architectural, cultural, social, and entertainment history of Minnesota.

Twin Cities Streetcars – The Rise and Fall – Learn about the rise and fall of streetcars in the Twin Cities – the first public transit system in the area.

Whaleback Boats on the Great Lakes – Outlines the development, construction, and use of whaleback boats on the Great Lakes.

Peddlers and Peddling

 

 

Ethnic

Jewish Families

Jewish Lawyers

Indians of North America

National Songs Czechoslovakia

Yom Kippur

Swedish Americans

Zionism

 

 

 

 

History

Discrimination in Advertising Trade Cards – Discover advertising trade cards from the late 19th and early 20th-century used by businesses throughout America.

Excelsior Amusement Park – This primary source set explores the history and attractions at the Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior, Minnesota.

Format Highlights: Cabinet Cards – Learn about the history of cabinet photographs.

History of Chiropractic in Minnesota – Learn about the history chiropractic in Minnesota.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On the Banks of Plum Creek – Explore some of the themes and ideas laid out in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiographical novel.

Natural Disasters in MinnesotaLearn how people survived and coped with some of Minnesota’s historic natural disasters such as storms, floods and wildfires.

Northfield Bank Raid of 1876 – Learn about the infamous James-Younger Gang’s attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota in 1876.

Origins of the Mayo Clinic – Learn how the Mayo Clinic formed following a devastating tornado in the Rochester area in 1883.

Seth Eastman: Depictions of Native American Life – Seth Eastman is known primarily for his depictions of daily life among the Dakota and Ojibwa tribes.

Sinclair Lewis in Duluth – Read letters written by Sinclair Lewis about his house, work, and experiences while living in Duluth in the 1940s.

Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street – Explore some of the themes and ideas laid out in Sinclair Lewis’s masterpiece of American literature.

St. Anthony Falls – St. Anthony Falls, the only true waterfall on the Mississippi River, is responsible for powering mills and birthing a city.

Temperance to Prohibition – Learn how the national temperance movement evolved resulting in prohibition of liquor and how it played out in Minnesota.

Traveling Library Services in Minnesota – Minnesota’s earliest mobile library services were traveling libraries and bookmobile services.

 

 

Minnesota Digital Library contributing institutions–links explain collections

American Craft Council

American Swedish Institute

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Anoka County Historical Society

Anoka County Library

Basilica of St. Mary

Becker County Historical Society

Beltrami County Historical Society

Bethany Lutheran College Archives

Bethel University

Big Stone County Historical Society Museum

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Calhoun Yacht Club

Carleton College

Carlson School of Management, Georgianna E. Herman Library

Carlton County Historical Society

CentraCare Health – St. Cloud Hospital

Clearwater County Historical Society

Cold Spring Area Historical Society

College of Saint Benedict – Saint John’s University

College of St. Scholastica

Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans

Concordia University, St. Paul

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Cook County Historical Society

Cottonwood County Historical Society

Crow Wing County Historical Society

Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network

Dakota County Historical Society

Division of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education

Dodge County Extension

Dodge County Historical Society

Dorothy Molter Museum

Douglas County Historical Society

Duluth Public Library

East Central Regional Library

East Polk Heritage Center

Ely-Winton Historical Society

Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation

Esko Historical Society

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

Faribault County Historical Society

Fillmore County Historical Society

Fosston Public Library

Freeborn County Historical Society

Geological Society of Minnesota

Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Goodhue County Historical Society

Grand Marais Public Library

Grant County Historical Society

Great River Regional Library

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamline University

Hazelden Foundation

Hennepin County Department of Public Affairs

Hennepin County Library

Hennepin History Museum

Hennepin Medical History Center

Hennepin Technical College

Heritage Education Commission

Heritage Group North

Hibbing Historical Society

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Hmong Cultural Center

Hope Lutheran Church

Iron Range Research Center

Jackson County Historical Society

Jones-Harrison Residence

Kanabec County Historical Society

Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Lake County Historical Society

Lake of the Woods Historical Society

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Lincoln County Historical Society

Luther Seminary

Macalester College

Marshall County Historical Society

Martin County Historical Society

McLeod County Historical Society

Melrose Area Historical Society

Mesabi Range College Library

Milaca Area Historical Society

Military Historical Society of Minnesota

Mille Lacs County Historical Society

Minitex

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota Geological Survey

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Immigrants

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Minnesota Legislature – State Revisor’s Office

Minnesota Library Association

Minnesota Museum of Mining

Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Minnesota State Law Library

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota Streetcar Museum

Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum

Morrison County Historical Society

Mower County Historical Society

Murray County Historical Society

Museum of Lake Minnetonka

New Brighton Area Historical Society

New Prague Area Historical Society

New Richland Area Historical Society

Nicollet County Historical Society

Nobles County Historical Society

Norseland Lutheran Church

North Central University

North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting

Northern Lights – A Look at Minnesota Books and Writers

Northfield Arts Guild

Northfield Historical Society

Northfield Public Library

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center

Northwestern Health Sciences University

Norwegian-American Historical Association

Olmsted County Historical Society

Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission

Otter Tail County Historical Society

Pennington County Historical Society

Pine County Historical Society

Pipestone County Historical Society

Plymouth Congregational Church

Polish Cultural Institute and Museum

Pope County Historical Society

Quatrefoil Library

Redwood Falls Public Library

Renville County Historical Society

Rice County Historical Society

Richfield Historical Society

Robbinsdale Historical Society

Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester Public Library

Rockford Area Historical Society

Roseau County Historical Society

Sacred Heart Area Historical Society

Saint John’s Abbey

Saint Olaf College

Saint Paul Almanac

Saint Paul Public Library

Salem Covenant Church (Duluth, Minnesota)

Sauk Centre Area Historical Society

Schroeder Area Historical Society

Scott County Historical Society

Sherburne County Historical Society

Sibley County Historical Society

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Southwest Minnesota State University Striegel Archives

St. Benedict’s Monastery

St. Catherine University

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University – Sinclair Lewis Collection

St. Croix Watershed Research Station

St. Paul Public Housing Agency

St. Peter Regional Treatment Center

St. Raphael Catholic Church

St. Scholastica Monastery

Stearns History Museum

Stevens County Historical Society

Stewartville Public Library

Stillwater Public Library

Synod of Lakes and Prairies (of the Presbyterian Church)

Todd County Historical Society

Trondhjem Community Preservation Society

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Unity Church Unitarian

University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, NEMHC Collections

University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, Immigration History Research Center Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, John R. Borchert Map Library

University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, Minnesota Orchestra Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, Northwest Architectural Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, Wangensteen Historical Library

University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas – Ireland Memorial Library

Wanda Gag House

Waseca County Historical Society

Washington County – Parks Division

Washington County – Survey and Land Management Division

Watonwan County Historical Society

Weavers Guild of Minnesota

Westonka Historical Society

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Winona County Historical Society

Winona Public Library

Winona State University

Wyoming Historical Society

 

 

Newspapers

 

 

Oral Histories

Oral History

 

Photographs & Postcards

Format Highlights: Postcards – This primary source set provides a brief overview of the history of postcards.

 

 

Universities and Colleges Faculty

College Students

Universities and Colleges Alumni and Alumnae

School Colors

School Mascots

School Sites

Seminarians

State Universities and Colleges

Universities and Colleges Planning

Theological Seminaries

 

 

Women

Women Societies and Clubs

 

 

Yearbooks

Minnesota Yearbooks

 

 

 

 

 

Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

Minnesota Military Records

 

United States History Civil War, 1861 1865

World War I on the Minnesota Home Front – World War I had a profound impact of the lives of Minnesotans. Explore these resources to learn about the Minnesota home front

World War, 1939 1945 Europe

Armistice Day

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