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Winter Carnival: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Winter Carnival Association Records, 1885-1992.
Minutes, scattered correspondence and financial information, administration files, scrapbooks, and printed materials of the voluntary organization which sponsored the Winter Carnival since 1885. The administration files contain financial and membership information, event files (documenting both indoor and outdoor activities), publicity and promotional material, festival schedules, and a variety of printed materials. Photographs, legends, and background information concerning the history of the carnival and its royal court are also included.  Also included are files kept by the Midway Club of St. Paul concerning the Club’s Carnival activities; records documenting the establishment, organization, and operation of the annual International 500 Snowmobile Race from Winnipeg to St. Paul; and membership rosters and a scrapbook pertaining to the court’s House of Vulcan are also included.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid 

St. Paul Outdoor Sports Carnival Association Records, 1915-1918.
Financial records, correspondence, and miscellany of this organization that sponsored winter festivities. They include lists of committees, pageants, participants, and contributors; and printed handbills and circulars.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (BO2/.S149).

Architectural Drawings of Winter Carnival Ice Palaces, 1887, 1941, 1975.
There is a complete set of blueprints of the 1941 ice palace designed by architect Clarence Wigington. A set of blueprints and pencil drawings depict the 1975 Ice Palace on Harriet Island designed by Olsen. A third set of drawings, done by Olsen for Dayton’s Design Department, are an attempt to redraw accurately the 1887 Ice Palace designed by C. E. Joy.
MNHS call number: 142.E.5.4

Pamphlets, Programs, & Other Publications

Pamphlets Relating to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, 1886-1999
Images, flyers, pamphlets, festival descriptions, and day-to-day set up and take down lists for the Winter Carnival.
MNHS call number: F613.S9 F4

St. Paul Winter Carnival Program Collection, 1959-1978
Programs containing information on the Carnival events from 1959, 1971, 1976, 1977, and 1978.
MNHS call number: F613.S93 S213

St. Paul Winter Carnivaletter.
St. Paul, Minn.: St. Paul Winter Carnival Association, 1978-1979.
Newsletters on the Carnival presidents and other officials in 1978 and 1979.
MNHS call number: SERIAL 2092

St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1886-1986: Official Centennial Calendar with Medallion Map
Minneapolis: Carol Morgan Associates, Inc., 1985.
A commemorative calendar for the Winter Carnival centennial, it includes pictures of the 1886 Carnival.
MNHS call number: F613.S93 S288 1985

Legend, by the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation.
St. Paul: Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, 1996, 1999, 2000.
MNHS call number: SERIAL 2537

Films & Sound Recordings

Making it a Hot One: Outdoor Sports Carnival, St. Paul, January 27th to February 5th, 1916, motion picture.
St. Paul: Raths-Seavolt Film Mfg. Co., 1916.
MNHS call number: Film D-59

NBC Broadcast of 1940 Saint Paul Winter Carnival, soundrecording.
Produced by: NBC, 1940.
MNHS call number: Sound Disc Call #: 506-B

St. Paul Winter Carnival, motion picture
Photographed by: Clem Butler. 1938-1939.
MNHS call number: Film C-55

St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1940-1941, motion picture
 MNHS call number: Film D-66

Ice Harvest on the St. Croix River, motion picture.
by John Runk., 1953-1954.
MNHS call number: Film C-84

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