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Minneapolis Health and Sanitation Survey Maps

Identifier: M/A 0357

Description of Contents

The collection contains maps showing the sanitation facitilities (water lines, sewer lines, and outhouses) located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1934. Maps typically include one block, showing buildings, roads, addresses, and geographic features. Occassionally, building use and construction materials are noted. Maps are drawn in pencil on tracing paper. They may have been traced from a Sanborn Fire Insurance map of Minneapolis. No index map or key is extant.

It is not clear how many districts each ward contained in 1934. It is possible some survey maps may never have been created or may have been removed from this collection before it was received by Hennepin County Library.


  • 1934


Access Restrictions

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


In January 1934, the City of Minneapolis began a health and sanitation survey. Under the direction of Minneapolis Health Commissioner F.E. Harrington, between 40 and 72 employees canvassed door-to-door within the city recording information on wells, sewer hookups, water hookups, and outhouses at each property. Workers left a survey card with each family, on which the family was expected to record the communicable diseases they had experienced in 1933. These cards were to be mailed to the federal government as part of a separate survey.

The survey program was funded through the Civil Works Administration (CWA), a New Deal-era program of the United States federal government and a predecessor to the Works Progress Administration. When the CWA ended in March 1934, the Minneapolis health and sanitation survey was suspended. It is unclear whether the survey was ever completed.


26 Linear Feet (13 phase boxes)

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The materials are arranged in their original order, by 1930s city ward and district. Each map is numbered and includes the numbers of neighboring maps along each edge.

Donor Information

This collection was donated by the City of Minneapolis in June 2018 as accession 2018.17.

Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

Additional maps from the City of Minneapolis are available in the Map Collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs in September 2019.

  • Maps Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Public health Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Surveys Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Minneapolis Health and Sanitation Survey Maps
Jenna Jacobs
September 2019
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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.