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Gangsters in St. Paul: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Manuscripts

St. Paul Gangster History Research Collection, 1981-1995.
Research and interview notes; correspondence; photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles and book excerpts; photocopies of FBI, St. Paul Police Department, and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation records; photocopies of federal and state prison inmate and court records; and photocopies of birth and death certificates, all created or compiled by Paul Maccabee for his book John Dillinger Slept Here.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Government Records

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Criminal History Files.
Fifty-one criminal history files, mainly documenting high-profile 1930s gangsters, including Arthur (Doc) and Fred Barker, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, John Dillinger, Arthur Flegenheimer (Dutch Schultz), Alvin Karpis, Frank Mitchell (Pretty Boy Floyd), George Nelson (Baby Face Nelson), Clair Ralph Gibson, Robert W. Markwood, Fred Ryan, Rocky S. Lupino, and Homer Van Meter. Several criminals involved in high-profile Twin Cities crimes are also documented. The files contain photographs (including "mug shots"), fingerprint cards, correspondence with the FBI and law enforcement agencies nationwide, wanted posters, criminal history transcripts, and newspaper clippings.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
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