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Prostitution in Minnesota: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles


"Avenues for Ladies Only: The Soiled Doves of East Grand Forks, 1887-1915,"by Stephen G. Sylvester.
In Minnesota History, vol. 51, no. 8 (winter 1989), pp. 290-300.
MNHS call number: digital copy

"Keeping the Peace in St. Paul: Crime, Vice, and Police Work, 1869-74," by Joel Best.
In Minnesota History, vol. 47, no. 6 (summer 1981): pp. 240-248.
MNHS call number: digital copy

"Long Kate, Dutch Henriette, and Mother Robinson: Three Madams in Post-Civil War St. Paul," by Joel E. Best.
In Ramsey County History, vol. 15, no. 1 [2] (1980): pp. 3-10.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 v.15:2

"Looking Evil in the Face: Being an Examination of Vice and Respectability in St. Paul as Seen in the City's Press, 1865-83," by Joel Best.
In Minnesota History, vol. 50, no. 6 (summer 1987): pp. 241-251.
MNHS call number: digital copy

"Women Workers at St. Anthony Falls," by Tasslyn Frame.
In Hennepin History, vol. 53, no. 2 (spring 1994), pp. 4-17.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.H52 H42 v.53:2


Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront, by Penny A. Peteson. 
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
MNHS call number: HQ146.M5 P48 2013

Politicians and Prostitutes Make Strange Bedfellows: A History of Commercialized Sex and Regulation in Early Minneapolis, by Sophie E. Wallerstedt.
Thesis (B.A.)--University of Minnesota, 2013.
MNHS call number: HQ146.M5 W34 2013

4 Sex Industry Stories: Women from the Red River Valley Speak, Women's Network of the Red River Valley Sex Industry Task Force.
Moorhead, Minn.: The Task Force, c2000.
MNHS call number: HQ145.R42 F68 2000

Controlling Vice: Regulating Brothel Prostitution in St. Paul, 1865-1883, by Joel Best.
Columbus: Ohio State University Press, c1998.
MNHS call number: HQ146.S25 B47 1998

Juvenile Prostitution in Minnesota: The Report of a Research Project, by Enablers, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minn.: Enablers, Inc., c1978.
MNHS call number: HQ145.M5 E63 1978

The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918, by Ruth Rosen.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c1982.
MNHS call number: HQ144 .R76 1982

The Underworld Sewer: A Prostitute Reflects on Life in the Trade, 1871-1909, by Josie Washburn.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [1997].
MNHS call number: HQ144 .W3 1997

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