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Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Records

Identifier: M/A 0230
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Description of Contents

The collection consists of meeting materials, correspondence, administrative documents, building plans, photographic prints and negatives, National Register of Historic Places nomination forms for Minneapolis properties, and reports documenting the work of the Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission. The collection includes papers that span the years 1970-1987. These papers include meeting agenda and minutes, surveys and reports on proposed preservation sites, correspondence, various organizational documents pertaining to commission history, objectives, and goals. The collection includes materials on the redevelopment of the Milwaukee Avenue/Seward West area.

The collection also includes several encapsulated building plans depicting the restoration of Milwaukee Avenue and several publications by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1987



The physical collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours. Images from this collection are available in the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Collection in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections.


The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) was created in 1972. The City of Minneapolis created the commission for preserving the cultural, social, economic, religious, political, and architectural heritage of Minneapolis. Tasks and objectives of the HPC include advising the City Council, evaluating historic buildings and districts, conducting research for eligible sites, designating sites as local landmarks, designating sites for demolition, providing education programs and outreach programs, creating a plan for preservation, and administering a preservation plan.


5.62 Linear Feet (15 boxes, 6 volumes, 35mm negatives, and oversize plans)

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Donor Information

Some collection materials were donated by Patricia Donovan Baker, a former HPC member. Strip negatives (MHPC0340-MHPC2638) were donated by the Minnesota Historical Society in March 2022 as accession 2022.24.

Processing Information

This finding aid was greatly expanded by Kari Weber in 2012. Additional photographs were processed by Edward Hathaway and added to the collection by Jenna Himsl in August 2018. Negatives were processed by Abbey Meyerholz and added to the collection by Jenna Jacobs in July 2022.

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Records
Kari Weber, additions by Jenna Himsl
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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.