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State Parks of Minnesota: Images & Maps


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Minnesota State Parks matchbook, c. 1970

Photograph Collections at MNHS

Some image collections are not available through Collections Online but are available to view in person at the library.

Numerical Photograph Set, 1928 - 1933
Black and white snapshot photographs (and negatives), including images of Grand Marais, Hibbing, Portage, the Mississippi River headwaters, and Interstate, Itasca, Jay Cooke, and Whitewater state parks.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Photographs by Commissioner Chester S. Wilson, 1931-1954 (bulk 1940s)
Photographs, largely taken by Wilson, of departmental projects in which he was interested as commissioner of conservation. Many are forest or lake scenes documenting forest fire, wind, erosion, flood, or other damage, particularly in state parks or forests. Others include personnel or activities of forestry staff or private organizations; tracts involved in the Kabetogama land exchange; and state park sites and facilities.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Photographs by Napoleon N. Nadeau, 1898-1942 (bulk 1932-1937)
Photographs taken by Napoleon N. Nadeau as Conservation Department photographer from 1932 through 1937. A large number of the photographs were taken in the state parks, particularly Itasca, Scenic, and Whitewater.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Photographs of State Parks, Monuments, Recreational Areas, and Staff 1926-1956 (bulk 1930-1939)
Assorted sized black and white photographs mainly documenting buildings, scenery, personnel, special events and developments, particularly pool and road construction, in the state parks and related recreational and historic areas. Sizable groups of photographs are present for Alexander Ramsey, Baptism River, Camden, Charles A. Lindberg, Father Hennepin, Fort Ridgley, Gooseberry Falls, Interstate, Itasca, Jay Cook, Lake Shetek, Minneopa, Old Mill, Scenic, Sibley, St. Croix, and Whitewater state parks. 
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Photographs, Undated, 1930-1936
Assorted sized black and white photographs, mainly documenting buildings, scenery, personnel, special events, and development, particularly road, dam, and trail construction in the state parks and related recreational and scenic areas. 
MNHS Calll Number: Digital Finding Aid


State Park Atlases, 1957-1971
Blueprint atlases showing detailed drawings of the state parks and state trails operated by the Department of Conservation. Four volumes (1957, 1965, 1967, 1971) cover the state park system as a whole. Two volumes (1963, 1969) show proposed new parks and additions to the existing parks. 
MNHS Call Number: See finding aid in the library (Conservation Department: Parks and Recreation Division)

State Park Maps, 1922
Blueprint maps showing boundaries and facilities in various state parks, with proposed expansions of the park's land area or the addition of facilities.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

State Park Maps and Drawings, 1839-1997 (bulk 1935-1973)
Paper (including blueline, blueprint, and tracing and coated papers), linen, and Mylar maps, architectural plans, and drawings detailing topography, general layout, roads and trails, bridges, water and sewage systems, existing and proposed buildings, and other facilities in various state parks, historic sites, state waysides, and proposed state parks. Included are base and ownership maps, site plans, and development studies. Parks with larger amounts of material include Birch Coulee, Flandrea, Fort Ridgely, Fort Snelling, Gooseberry Falls, Jay Cook, Lac Qui Parle, Lake Shetek, Charles A. Lindberg, St. Croix Recreational Demonstration Area and St. Croix, Savanna Portage, Scenic, and Sibley. 
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Sample Images at MNHS

Swing bridge, Jay Cooke State Park, c. 1930Minneopa Falls, Minneopa State Park, Mankato, c. 1915Devil's Chair, Frontenac State ParkBuffalo at Itasca State ParkLac qui Parle State ParkDouglas Lodge, Itasca State ParkCivilian Conservation Corps Camp, Whitewater State ParkBen Little Creek at Itasca State Park

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