Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society

Minnesota residents now have access to a trove of historic periodicals collected by The American Antiquarian Society.

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals held by American Antiquarian Society, the premier library documenting the life of America’s people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.


Framed Art Collection on Display at Hinckley Public Library

Be sure to stop by the Hinckley Public Library to view the framed art collection currently on display!

The collection will especially be of interest to local history buffs, as the art was displayed at stores in Hinckley in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Those nostalgic for a time past might be interested in reminiscing about the Up Town Sanitary Shop, Wicker’s Department Store, Hunt’s Variety Store, and more.  There are 10 pieces total in the collection, including a historical aerial photograph of downtown Hinckley.

The artwork was donated to the City of Hinckley who have placed the collection in the library for viewing.


Introducing HeritageQuest!

East Central Regional Library is pleased to announce that it now offers a family history tool that complements the already popular Ancestry Library Edition. We are thrilled to add HeritageQuest Online database to our growing list of high-quality resources. HeritageQuest is conveniently accessed via the library’s website anywhere with an internet connection by logging in with your library card!

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive database of American genealogical and historical sources with unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.  With coverage dating back to the 1700s, it is a great place for people to start searching for their ancestors or discovering a place’s past.
This authoritative resource consists of the following core data sets:heritagequest_webbanner_sm[1]

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
  • Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
  • U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), published by the Allen County Public Library, it contains more than 2.3 million records covering both English and French periodicals published around the world since 1800.

To learn more about HeritageQuest Online or for help using HeritageQuest Online, view the LibGuide.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert family historian, try HeritageQuest today.

Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian

Digital Public Library of America Launched Today!

After some two and a half years in the making, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has launched today!

DPLA will deliver millions of materials found in American archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions to students, teachers, scholars, and the public. Represented in this unprecedented national aggregation of digital content is the rich contribution of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) through the organizations participating in Minnesota Reflections.

As a special part of the DPLA launch, the MDL, under the direction of curator Leah Bowe from the Minnesota Historical Society, has created a fascinating online exhibit on the topic of Native Americans, entitled History of Survivance: Upper Midwest 19th Century Native American Narratives. This exhibit tells a story of extraordinary culture disruption, change, and continuity and the effect that has had on the Native population of Minnesota.

Take a look and explore the new DPLA portal!

Sara Ring, Digitization and Metadata Training Coordinator
Minitex Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Education

Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota

Digital Delights
A monthly glimpse into the collections at
Minnesota Reflections
a project of the Minnesota Digital Library
Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
By Greta Bahnemann, MDL Metadata Coordinator
Marian Rengel, MDL Outreach Coordinator
November 1, 2012
Young men left family and friends and traveled to the Civilian Conservation Corps camps across Minnesota in the 1930s and 1940s to work, provide for their families, and leave a lasting mark on the state’s history.
A major new collection in Minnesota Reflections captures the stories of these men in their own words. Now, more than 500 issues of weekly newsletters from camps in Cook County and on Minnesota’s Iron Range provide students and teachers, researchers and descendents with first-hand accounts of daily life for the men working in those camps.
The Minnesota Historical Society contributed the newsletters to Minnesota Reflections. These newsletters complement a wide array of photographs that document camp life that the Cook County Historical Society and the Iron Range Research Center had already contributed to Minnesota Reflections.
MDL Metadata Coordinator Greta Bahnemann and MDL Outreach Coordinator Marian Rengel selected just a few newsletters and photographs to highlight this amazing collection of materials about the CCC. The chart on the following pages gives readers a sense of the depth of the treasures they can now find in the collection.
Once you have explored our offering here, you may wish to find more within Minnesota Reflections. Here’s the shortest way to find only the newsletters.
To find all of the newsletters, go to the Minnesota Historical Society’s landing page in Minnesota Reflections http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/mhs; then click on “Browse Minnesota Historical Society.” After that page loads, look to the left under “Narrow your search by” for “Item Physical Type.” From that drop-down menu, choose “newsletters (513).” You can then Browse those results or narrow your search.
CCC Newsletter
Camp Chips
April 14, 1935
(First of 18)
Hovland, Minnesota
Link to 35 images for “Hovland” in Cook County Historical Society:
Selected Individual Images:
The Caribou Ripsaw
April 20, 1935
Lutsen, Minnesota
Link to 33 images for “Lutsen” in Cook County Historical Society:
Selected Individual Images:
Gunflint Trailer (Company 712)
1935, 1939-1941
April 23, 1940
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Link to 11 images for “Company 712” in Cook County Historical Society:
Selected Individual Images:
Sawbill Sez-All
March 1939
Tofte, Minnesota
Link to 11 images for “Tofte” in Cook County Historical Society:
Selected Individual Images:
Northern Hi-Lights
March 1939 (one issue)
Cusson, Minnesota
Results for “Cusson” in Cook County Historical Society:
Link to 4 results for “Cusson” in Iron Range Research Center collection:
Deer Lake Echo
April 25, 1942
Effie, Minnesota
Results for “Effie” in Iron Range Research Center collection: 
The Blue Ox
April 23, 1937
Nevis, Minnesota
Results for “Nevis” in Iron Range Research Center collection:
The Sullivanite
July 11, 1936
Brimson, Minnesota
Results for “Brimson” in Iron Range Research Center collection:
The Big Lake Breeze
1935, 1937
April 17, 1935
Cloquet, Minnesota
Results for “Company 1760” in Iron Range Research Center collection: