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Longfellow Library Records

Identifier: HCL 057

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 Longfellow Library from 1936 to 1997.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1997



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


The Longfellow Community Library had the unusual distinction of being housed in a scaled replica of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Massachusetts house. After the owner’s death, the house was deeded to the Minneapolis Park Board, who then sold it to the Minneapolis Public Library. In 1937, the library opened after a period of fundraising. In 1968, the Longfellow Community Library closed and was replaced by the Nokomis Community Library.


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Fact sheets, brochures, building information, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other administrative records documenting the history and operations of Longfellow Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1936 to 1997. Longfellow Library was part of the Minneapolis Public Library. The Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library merged in 2008. Longfellow Library closed in 1968.

Donor Information

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. For later, see HCL 056 Nokomis Library Records.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Michael Homolka, supervised by Jenna Jacobs, from September to October 2020.

Longfellow Library Records
Michael Homolka and Jenna Jacobs
October 2020
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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.