Easter Holiday: All locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20.

Saint Paul Collection

The Saint Paul Collection room at the Central Library is open to the public by appointment, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

To schedule an appointment please call 651-266-7000 x5, or email spplinfo@ci.stpaul.mn.us 48 hours in advance.

Staff can retrieve most items from the collection for use in the Nicholson Information Commons.

The collection includes:

  • City documents, including the charter, code, laws, and ordinances
  • City Council proceedings
  • City budget materials and annual reports
  • Reports from the Schools and Libraries
  • Police and Fire Department reports and histories
  • Visitor's Guides to Saint Paul and the region
  • Biographies of famous St. Paul residents
  • Winter Carnival scrapbooks
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Maps
  • Other materials related to Saint Paul history

Biography Clippings File - Over 150,000 newspaper clippings covering the years 1910 to 1945.

City Directories - Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and area directories dating back to 1856.

Newspapers on Microfilm

Digital Collections

Saint Paul Public Library Collections on Minnesota Reflections
Digitzed images of maps and documents about the history of Saint Paul.

Library History

Central Library Construction
Photographs of the construction of the Central Library and James J. Hill Library, 1914-1917. Besides the library, photographs are rich in other details of the late 1910's.

Library Beacon
"The Library Beacon" was published under the direction of Webster Wheelock, Library Director, "to give the people of St. Paul information about their Library -- what it is doing, what it hopes to do, and the many ways it serves individuals, different interests, groups and different activities." Published 1929-1936.

Maps and Atlases

1891 - 1896 Atlas of Saint Paul, 1891 - 1896
Highly detailed plat book of Saint Paul. Published in 1891 and revised with pencil marks and cut-outs through 1896. The atlas is divided into 4 volumes, detailing different parts of the City and the surrounding area.

1925 - 1927 Aerial Photographic Atlas
Aerial photographs of Saint Paul taken between 1925 and 1927 and a corresponding atlas of streets and other features of the city.

 

Maps of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and Minnesota

See the list detailing each map, its size, year of publication, and location in the library's map cabinet: