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Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. Records

Identifier: M/A 0265

Description of Contents

The records include board of directors material, committee memos and minutes, administrative and financial documents, event and meeting files, correspondence, promotional material, subject files, photographic prints and slides, and publications created or compiled by Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. from its founding in 1975 to the 2010s. The collection documents EPNI's projects and programming, with topics including housing, crime prevention, the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and annual social events.

Materials are divided into nine series. The largest of these series are the Committees and Task Forces Series and Projects and Subject Files Series. Newsletters (contained in the Publications and Reports Series) and Board Meeting Packets (contained in the Board of Directors Series) are easy access points to the collection. Crime prevention activities, annual meetings and events, and Phase I of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program are especially well documented. Other topics of note include the Metrodome, City Venture Urban East, the Neighborhood Improvement Company, community gardens, Elliot Park Community-Oriented Policing Project (EP-COPP), and alcohol/detox programs. The bulk of the materials date from the 1980s-1990s.

Additional descriptive information is included at the beginning of each series.


  • Creation: 1975 - 2019



The physical collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department’s open hours. Selected photographs from this collection are available in the Minneapolis Neighborhood Associations Photographs in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections.


Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) was founded in 1975 by the residents and business owners of the Elliot Park neighborhood. Originally named the Chicago-Elliot Neighborhood Association, EPNI was renamed and incorporated as a non-profit in 1976. Funded by private donations and government grants, EPNI is led by a board of directors and executive director. It is the official neighborhood organization for Elliot Park and was the local administrator of funding received through Minneapolis’ Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). Since its founding, EPNI has had various committees and task forces devoted to housing, safety, community engagement, and issues of local significance.

Located southeast of downtown, Elliot Park is one of the oldest communities in Minneapolis. Interstates 35W and 94 bound the neighborhood to the south and east, 5th St. S to the north, and 5th Ave. S to the west. Many of the area’s early residents were Swedish immigrants drawn to Minneapolis by industry near St. Anthony Falls. The park that gives the neighborhood its name was established in 1883. Construction of interstate freeways in the 1960s substantially changed the Elliot Park neighborhood, removing many homes and separating Elliot Park from the residential areas of south Minneapolis. By the 1970s, Elliot Park was one of the poorest areas the city.

Much of EPNI’s early work addressed poverty, crime, and development of the neighborhood. To restore the neighborhood’s deteriorating buildings, EPNI founded the Neighborhood Improvement Company in the late 1970s. One of the company’s largest projects was the establishment of the Old Town In Town housing cooperative. When the Metrodome stadium was proposed, EPNI was actively involved in the plans for the development and fought against City Venture’s proposed Urban East project, which would have included a new Elliot Park headquarters for Control Data. Other housing and development projects have included the Chicago Avenue Apartments, administration of a small-business loan program, and planning for U.S. Bank Stadium. Crime prevention efforts included the Elliot Park Community Oriented Policing Project (EP-COPP), coordination with local detox facilities and shelters, efforts to shutter local bars and liquor stores, and involvement with city- and statewide coalitions.

Much of the organization’s work focuses on community involvement, including annual events celebrating a variety of occasions, outreach to the area’s immigrant communities, and youth programming.


24.27 Linear Feet (28 boxes, including 3 VHS tapes, 1 CD, and 1 3.5" floppy disk)

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Custodial History

Materials from accession 2016.08 were originally donated to the Hennepin History Museum by Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. These materials (covering roughly the 1970s to 1990s) were not previously processed.

Donor Information

This collection contains three accessions donated between 2012 and 2018. Accession 2012.02 was donated by Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. in January 2012. Accession 2016.08 was donated by Hennepin History Museum in December 2016. Accession 2018.08 was donated by Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. in December 2017.

Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

Processing Information

Portions of this collection (accession 2012.02) were minimally processed in 2012. These materials were reprocessed when the collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs from March 2018 to July 2019. Photographs and slides were reprocessed by Ted Hathaway in 2023. Selected photographs were digitized in 2023.

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. Records
Jenna Jacobs
July 2019; Revised November 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.