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Maps at MNHS: Overview

A guide to accessing maps and other geospatial resources at MNHS.


The map collection at the Minnesota Historical Society consists of about 19,000 maps and nearly 2,000 volumes of atlases.  The collection strongly emphasizes the Minnesota Territory and the state of Minnesota, its regions, counties and cities from 1849 to the present.

The collection also includes selected maps and atlases of a wider geographic area encompassing North America, Canada, the United States, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River Valley.  Together these materials trace the process of discovery, exploration, settlement, and development of the state and region as well as past and present relationships with other states.

This guide will give you an overview of what maps and map resources we have at MNHS and how you can access them.


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Guide Author

Jackie Beckey
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