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Minneapolis Audubon Society Records

Identifier: M/A 0202

Description of Contents

The collection includes meeting minutes (1917-1934, 1970-1995), treasurer's reports (1958-1979, 1986), budget reports (1963-1987 incomplete), chairman notebooks, president's letters and record book, bird counts, guest books, membership lists (1917-1952), directories (1946-1994), clippings (1930s-1980s), correspondence, cards, memorials, Mrs. A. E. Cook's birding notebooks (1918-1922, 1934), and brochures. Also included are two scrapbooks, one on the 60th anniversary shorebird project, and the other covering activities during 1964-1965. Media includes 35 mm slides covering Audubon Society social gatherings from 1959 and 1963; 70 glass slides of birds; and four films. Also included are assorted items on the Northwood’s Audubon Center and the Minnesota Audubon Council.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1997



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


Organized March 10, 1915, the Minneapolis chapter is the oldest Audubon Society in Minnesota. The purpose of the organization is "to promote the conservation and wise use of all natural resources, with particular emphasis on the study and protection of our native wildlife, and to cooperate with the National Audubon Society in its activities and with such other organizations as may have the same purpose." The organization sponsors field walks, civic projects, programs, and a library for members, and sells bird guides and other materials.

Originally called the Audubon Bird Club, in 1920 it became the Minneapolis Audubon Society. In 1975, it was renamed the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis.


5.08 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

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Processing Information

Two folders were removed from box 1 and the contents moved to the donor files by Jenna Himsl in April 2018. The remaining folders in box 1 were renumbered. Twelve folders of annual reports (previously housed with Special Collections' former Annual Reports Collection) and two folders of photographs (previously housed with Special Collections' Uncataloged Photographs Collection) were returned to the collection by Jenna Himsl in September 2018.

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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.