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Hennepin County Library Photographs

Identifier: HCL 002

Description of Contents

Print photographs, negatives, and slides of Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library locations, staff, and events. Most photos were taken by library staff. Slides are arranged by topic. Prints and negatives are individually numbered and an item-level inventory is available by contacting Special Collections.


  • 1880s-2000s


Access Restrictions

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


The Minneapolis Public Library was founded in 1885. In 1889, the first library building was erected in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County Library began in 1922 as a rural bookmobile service to residents outside the Minneapolis city limits. While a merger of the two library systems was considered at various times, the libraries grew independently until the early twenty-first century. On January 1, 2008, the two libraries merged as the Hennepin County Library.


15.4 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

An inventory of the print photographs and negatives in this collection is available. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Custodial History

Photographs in this collection were previously maintained by the Minneapolis Public Library, Hennepin County Library administration, and the volunteer retiree group Officially Withdrawn.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by library staff over several years.

Hennepin County Library Photographs
In Progress
Jenna Jacobs and Bailey Diers
July 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

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