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Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102



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Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
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About the Collections

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. The Collection includes:


  • approximately 250,000 objects; 
  • 6,000 works of art; 300,000 photographs; 
  • 50,000 cubic feet of manuscripts; 
  • 50,000 cubic feet of state archives; 
  • 500,000 printed works, including books; 
  • 1,245 cataloged moving images and 3 million feet of news film from KSTP; 
  • the oral history collection contains 500 total interview projects; 40 video projects; and over 2,000 hours of interviews cataloged.


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