All photograph collections are listed in the library catalog, including many that can't be found in Collections Online. Manuscript and government records collections may also contain photographic series.
If digitized content exists for these collections, links are included, but most of these materials are not digitized, so you will have to visit the library to view the photographs.
Hint: Search for what interests you with the term photographs after it.
Finding aids are online or paper inventories that list the specific contents of an archival collection, including photographs. Less than 20% of our collections have online finding aids, and some of these include digital content like scanned images.
Finding aids have more detail than the library catalog provides. They can give users a better sense of the scope and content of the collection and, in some cases, photographs are described at the individual item-level. For more about finding aids, please watch this short tutorial video.
Hint: Use keyboard shortcuts to search for a term within an online finding aid. On a PC press and hold "ctrl" and then press "f" (command and f on a Mac).
Some of our portrait collection--specifically images of people with last names starting with Ore- through W--can only be found in card catalogs. Work is being done to catalog all the portraits in Collections Online, but currently this information is only accessible in the Library.
Books, articles, and other published materials can be good sources of images. These items are all cataloged in the library catalog.
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
Located on the Second Floor of the Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Thursday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday to Wednesday: Closed