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Researching Specific State Parks: Books & Archives

The Minnesota Historical Society collections contain a number of materials on the state park system. The materials mentioned throughout this guide focus on the greater park system, or contain information on a large number of parks. There are, however, many materials focused on specific parks that may assist your research. 

To check to see whether the MNHS holds items related to your park of interest, search our catalog by the park name. 

Example searches:

Researching Specific State Parks: Images

Search for images related to individual State Parks at MNHS through our Collections Online System, then filter the results using the options in the system's left-hand column.

Examples of park-specific searches include:


Gooseberry Falls and river.

Selected Resources on Individual State Parks

Fort Snelling State Park Association Records, 1959-1980
Correspondence, minutes, financial reports, maps, rosters, brochures, photographs, clippings, subject files, and a scrapbook related to the activities of an organization established in 1961 to promote the development of a state park on the Fort Snelling Reservation (Minn.).
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Itasca State Park Oral History Project, 1993-1994, 2000
Interviews of architects, directors, employees (including Civilian Conservation Corps works) visitors and people who lived near the park. 
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Materials Relating to Gooseberry Falls State Park, 1938
Materials describing Gooseberry Falls and the purchase of the land by the State of Minnesota from the estate of Wisconsin Senator William F. Vilas.
MNHS Call Number: See the finding aid in the library (P1138-1).

Split Rock Lighthouse Photograph Collection
Snapshots and copy prints of Split Rock Lighthouse, interiors, the Covell family, their friends, and the surrounding area.
MNHS Call NumberDigital Finding Aid

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