Saint Paul Collection

City Directories

City Directories, 1856 - 1922
Saint Paul city directories, 1856-1922, are available online.

Saint Paul city directories are available on microfiche (1856-1859), microfilm (1863-1935), and in print (1938-present) at the George Latimer Central Library. Minneapolis directories from 1907 to the present are also available, as are some suburban directories from 1956 to 1991.

Photocopying of print directories is not allowed. Copies can be made from microfiche and microfilm.

Saint Paul History

Biography Clippings File
Newspaper clippings about people of local, national, and international interest, 1910 - 1945.

Digital Collections
Digitized items from the collection, including Winter Carnival scrapbooks.

Saint Paul History Index (1920s - 1970s)
Indes to newspaper clippings available on microfilm aperture cards. Entries reference the card number on which the article can be found.

SPPL Collections on Minnesota Reflections
Digitized images of maps and documents about the history of Saint Paul.

Street Directory (1976)
Streets and descriptive notes on locations. Includes former street names.

Directories of Historical Buildings

Listings of Saint Paul buildings, from 1856 to the early 1970s, compiled from city directories.

Maps and Atlases

1891 - 1896 Atlas of Saint Paul
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 and a corresponding atlas of streets and other features of the city.

Maps of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and Minnesota
A list of maps held at the George Latimer Central Library.

Library History

Photographs, 1913 - 1930
Photographs of libraries and the construction of the Central Library (1915-1917).

Library Beacon, 1929 - 1936
"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."