Gale Family Library

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Digital History Books

The following is a list of Minnesota history books that are available for viewing on the web. Most of these online resources were created as part of the Library of Congress' American Memory Project.


Andrews, C. C. Minnesota and Dacotah in Letters Descriptive of a Tour through the North-west, in the Autumn of 1856. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: R. Farnham, 1857. 216 p.

Baker, J. H. Lives of the Governors of Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society 1908. 460 p.

Bill, Ledyard. Minnesota, Its Character and Climate. New York: Wood & Holbrook, 1871. 214 p.

Bishop, Harriet E. Floral Home, or, First Years of Minnesota Early Sketches, Later Settlements, and Further Developments. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman and Co., 1857. 360 p.

Bond, J. Wesley. Minnesota and its Resources. New York: Redfield, 1853. 388 p.

Brewer, Nicholas R. Trails of a Paintbrush. Boston: The Christopher publishing house, c1938. 365 p.

Callaway, W. R. Memories of the Lonesome Trail "Soo" Line . Minneapolis: Printed by Harrison & Smith, c1912.

Coffin, Charles Carleton. The Seat of Empire. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870. 262 p.

Douthit, Davis. Nobody Owns Us: The Story of Joe Gilbert, Midwestern Rebel. Chicago: Cooperative League of the USA, 1948. 240 p.

Farrar, Maurice. Five Years in Minnesota. Sketches of Life in a Western State. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880. 269 p.

Folsom, William Henry Carman. Fifty Years in the Northwest. St. Paul: Pioneer Press Co., 1888. 763 p.

Hall, Harlan Page. H. P. Hall's Observations, Being More or Less a History of Political Contests in Minnesota from 1849 to 1904. St. Paul: Author, 1904. 384 p.

Henson, Glenn, ed. The Frontier Holiday, Being a Collection of Writings by Minnesota Pioneers Who Recorded Their Divers Ways of Observing Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's. St. Paul: North Central Publishing Co., 1948. 47 p.

Hewitt, Girart. Minnesota: Its Advantages to Settlers. 1868. St. Paul: State of Minnesota, 1869. 52 p.

Keating, William Hypolitus. Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peter's River, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, Performed in the Year 1823. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1824. 2 vols.
   Volume 1
   Volume 2

Le Sueur, Meridel. Crusaders. New York: Blue Heron Press, 1955. 94 p.
Purchase a copy of this book.

McClung, John W. Minnesota As It Is In 1870. St. Paul: Author, 1870. 300 p.

Mayer, Frank Blackwell. With Pen and Pencil on the Frontier in 1851: The Diary and Sketches of Frank Blackwell Mayer. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1932. 214 p.

Minnesota, the Empire State of the New Northwest, the Commercial, Manufacturing and Geographical Centre of the American Continent. St. Paul: Board of Immigration, 1878. 88 p.

The Minnesota Guide. St. Paul: E.H. Burritt &smp; Co., 1869. 94 p.

Minnesota Historical Society. Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. St. Paul: Society, varies.
   Volume 1
   Volume 5
   Volume 7
   Volume 9
   Volume 10, part 1
   Volume 10, part 2
   Volume 12
   Volume 15



Neill, Edward D. A Hand Book for the Presbyterian Church in Minnesota, Designed to Promote Order in and Love for the Sanctuary. Philadelphia: Ashmead, 1856. 72 p.

Old Rail Fence Corners; The ABC's of Minnesota History. Austin, MN: McCulloch Printing Co., 1914. 333 p.

Parker, Nathan Howe. The Minnesota Handbook 1856–7. Boston: Jewett, 1857. 160 p.

Rønning, Nils Nilsen. Fifty years in America. Minneapolis: The Friend Publishing Company, c1938. 243 p.

Sevareid, Arnold Eric. Canoeing with the Cree. New York: Macmillan, 1935. 201 p.
Purchase a copy of this book.

Seymour, E. S. Sketches of Minnesota, the New England of the West, with Incidents of Travels in That Territory during the Summer of 1849. New York: Harper, 1850. 281 p.

Shutter, Marion Daniel. Progressive Men of Minnesota. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Journal, 1897. 514 p.

Sibley, Henry Hastings. The Unfinished Autobiography of Henry Hastings Sibley. Minneapolis: The Voyageur press, F. T. Phelps, 1932. 75 p.

Speakman, Harold. Mostly Mississippi. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Journal, 1897. 514 p.

A summer holiday. Chicago: Rand, McNally & co., printers, 1884. 333 p.

Swisshelm, Jane Grey. Crusader and feminist. Saint Paul, The Minnesota historical society, 1934.

Blue Earth County

George, Alice Mendenhall. The Story of My Childhood, Written for My Children. Whittier, CA: Smith, 1923. 87 p.

Fort Snelling

Eastman, Mary Henderson. Dahcotah, or Life and Legends of the Sioux around Fort Snelling. New York: Wiley, 1849. 292 p.

Van Cleve, Charlotte Ouisconsin. "Three Score Years and Ten": Life-long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota and Other Parts of the West. Minneapolis: Harrison & Smith, 1888. 176 p.

Le Sueur County

George, Alice Mendenhall. The Story of My Childhood, Written for My Children. Whittier, CA: Smith, 1923. 87 p.

Renville County

Carrigan, Wilhelmina Buce. Captured by the Indians: Reminiscences of Pioneer Life in Minnesota. Buffalo Lake: News Print, 1912. 68 p.

Rice County

Grose, Ingebrikt F. Fifty Memorable Years at St. Olaf, Marking the History of the "College on the Hill" from Its Founding in 1874 to Its Golden Jubilee Celebration in 1925. Northfield, MN: Northfield News, 1925. 46 p.

St. Paul

Hoffman, William. Tales of Hoffman. Minneapolis: T. S. Denison, 1961. 244 p.

Manahan, James. Trials of a Lawyer: Autobiography. Minneapolis: Farnham Printing, 1933. 248 p.

Moore, Frank. Reminiscences of Pioneer Days in St. Paul. St. Paul: Author, 1908. 134 p.

Williams, J. Fletcher. A History of the City of Saint Paul, and of the County of Ramsey, Minnesota. Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, vol. 4. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1876. 490 p.

Stearns County

Dally, Nathan. Track and Trails, or Incidents in the Life of a Minnesota Territorial Pioneer. Walker, MN: Cass County Pioneer, 1931. 138 p.

Wright County

Vandergon, Gertrude Braat. Our Pioneer Days in Minnesota. Holland, MI: Author, 1949. 138 p.