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Southdale Center: The First Indoor Shopping Mall: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Adolph F. Meyer Papers, 1901–1971
Collection includes project files and related papers of a hydraulic engineer and inventor who for many years maintained a consulting practice in Minneapolis (Minn.). The files include correspondence and memoranda, notes and calculations, project reports, maps, mechanical drawings, photographs, and hydrological, meteorological, and other data.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Books & Other Publications

Southdale Regional Shopping Center
A pamphlet advertising Southdale Mall. 
MNHS call number: HF5430.5.E34 S68 1960z
Victor Gruen Associates, Architecture, Planning, Engineering. 
Includes a brief history of the company, short biographies of major associates, brief information on other associates, a list of major awards and a representative list of clients, and photographs of the firm's significant projects, including Southdale Shopping Center (pages 26-27).
Los Angeles: The Associates, 1966.
MNHS call number: NA737 .V44 1966
Shopping Towns USA: The Planning of Shopping Centers, by Victor Gruen and Larry Smith.
New York: Reinhold Pub. Corp., [1960].
Author Victor Gruen was the architect for Southdale Mall.
MNHS call number: HF5429 .G75

Government Records

City of Edina, Southdale Shopping Center Development Plans, 1953-1956
Development plans for the Southdale Shopping Center in the city of Edina, including site plans and profiles, site details, utilities, building plans and profiles, a street improvement plan, a master plan for realty development in the Southdale area, and site plan for a proposed medical center. Victor Gruen was the architect.
Note: According to the City Planning Department, these are not the as-built plans, but are very similar to the as-builts.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Hennepin County, Edina).

Film & Video

Southdale Construction Film Collection, 1954-1956
5 videodiscs, digital, 147 minutes, silent, color
Films document the construction, interior finishing, and completed views of the Southdale Center in Edina. Views also include aerial shots of the construction site and some of the surrounding area.
MNHS call number: III.57

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