Family Farm Research

Photograph Collections

Aerial view, Elevator and surrounding area, Harmony, 1975

Mart Aerial Photo Collection
Aerial photographs of rural and urban areas in Minnesota taken by Mart for his specialized advertising business, Zenith Pictorial Advertising, Inc. located in Spencer, Iowa. Mart flew his small plane over highways throughout the state (except for the northeast and Iron Range regions) and took photographs of towns, farms, grain elevators, schools, manufacturing plants, resorts, etc. He used the photographs on advertising specialties and commemorative items that he sold to businesses and individuals. Aerial photographs could be imprinted on calendars, pens, stationery, plates, pins, coffee mugs, playing cards, business cards, postcards and Christmas cards. The business also produced enlarged images, often hand tinted by his wife, Elizabeth.
MNHS call number: access via our photo database Collections Online

Ole Aarseth Photograph Collection, 1910-1917
Views of residences, buildings and people in Sioux Agency Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minn., an area settled by Norwegian Americans. Includes agricultural scenes, mainly threshing and grain harvesting.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Carl & Caroline Peters Family Photographs, 1885-1920
Views of Carl and Caroline, their children Clara, Hilda and Paul, and their home and farm in Jay Township, Martin County, Minn. Includes threshing scenes, woman feeding calves, family gatherings, including Peters family posed by the dinner table. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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Potato sack, 1980

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