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z - Minnesota and Twin Cities History: Find Primary Sources

A guide to resources for Minnesota and Twin Cities history

Find Period Books, Newspapers and Magazine Articles

  Northwestern Chronicle (microfilm , 1866- 1935)
      Minnesota's first Catholic newspaper, which including news from the Upper Midwest. No index is available.

   *  Catholic Bulletin (microfilm, 1911 - 1995)
      The official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul/Minneapolis. No index is available. 

Find Primary Sources in Books

Search LibrarySearch to find primary sources in books and ebooks.   When searching the catalog, you will want to use specific subject headings in your searches to single out the primary source materials.  These subject headings are specialized "tag" added to the records to books by catalog librarians to provide accurate descriptions of books.  Using the following headings in your search will help you find the source material you seek:

correspondence personal narratives
literary collections  pictorial works 
diary or diaries songs and music

Find Digital Collections

Find Archival Collections

Minnesota Historical Society
The collections at the MHS document all aspects of Minnesota history.

Special Collections - Central Library (Minneapolis) - Hennepin County Library
An extensive Minneapolis Collection is held here,

Hennepin History Museum
The historical society for Hennepin County

Ramsey County Historical Society
The historical agency of Ramsey County

Minnesota Historical Organizations
A list of local Minnesota historical organizations arranged by county