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Finding School Photographs at MNHS

Hibbing High School, Hibbing. 1940. There are two general approaches to locate photographs from public school districts (beyond those included in any yearbooks and/or school newspapers). 

Library and Archives Catalog: Search [name of school] and [photographs] in the catalog, limiting your search to local government records.  You will then find a listing of any record sets which have photographs within them.  Sometimes these collections stand on their own as photograph collections, other times photographs are mixed in with other paper records.  In addition, you can narrow your search by selecting photographs, photograph albums, and scrapbooks within the Genre filter.  

 

Collections Online: Search here for individually cataloged photographs.  Use the name of the school as your search term.  Note: put the school name in quotes to search it as a phrase.  You can also use the term "school" and then limit your search by place to the town of interest and the material type to "photographs."  

Example Photograph & Scrapbook Collections

Photographs, 1953-1990. Mississippi Elementary School (Saint Paul)
MNHS call number: 114.C.1.8F

Photographs, 1875-1975.  Minneapolis Public Schools. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Records, 1913 - 1987.  Independent School District 477. (Princeton)
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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