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Hosmer Library Records

Identifier: HCL 051

Description of Contents

This collection contains fact sheets, brochures, building information, contracts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, plans, maps, and other administrative records documenting the history of Hosmer Library from 1914 to 2017.


  • Creation: 1914 - 2017



The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours.


Hosmer Library was constructed in 1916 at 347 East 36th Street in Minneapolis, the final of four Carnegie libraries to be constructed in Minneapolis during the tenure of Gratia Countryman. The two-story building is a brick structure, boasting an ornate archway entrance with turrets on either side. First known as the Thirty-sixth Street branch, the library was renamed Hosmer in 1926 in honor of James K. Hosmer, the second director of the Minneapolis Public Library from 1892 to 1904.

Under the leadership of Head Librarian Roy Woodstrom, Hosmer Library expanded its services to its patrons by establishing community programs, such as the annual Hosmer Library Talent Show (1998), the Hosmer World Concert Series (2002), and the Hosmer Library Friends Group.

By 1996, Hosmer Library was in dire need of updates to improve its services to its patrons. It was considered to close the branch altogether, but a community movement successfully raised $157,000 to put towards the library’s renovation and expansion. After its reopening in 1997, circulation increased by three times and visitor numbers increased by ten times. Hosmer Library underwent renovations again in 2017 and reopened in 2019.

In 2008, Hosmer Library and all of Minneapolis Public Library merged with the Hennepin County Library.


2.52 Linear Feet (6 archival boxes)

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Fact sheets, brochures, building information, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other administrative records documenting the history and operations of Hosmer Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1914 to 2017. Hosmer Library was part of the Minneapolis Public Library. The Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library merged in 2008. Hosmer Library is now part of the Hennepin County Library.

Custodial History

Materials from before 2008 were included in the Minneapolis Public Library archives (accession 2019.25).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection contains materials transferred to the archives by Hennepin County Library administration in 2017 accession 2019.25.

Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

This is one of many collections documenting Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library locations. For photographs, see HCL 002 Hennepin County Library Photographs.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Grant Wilson, supervised by Jenna Jacobs, from October to December 2019.

Hosmer Library Records
Grant Wilson and Jenna Jacobs
November 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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.