MGS City Directory Microfilm

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Start Date
February 2010
End Date
August 2010
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) acquired city directories on 96 rolls of microfilm and 12 microfiche cards to fill gaps and replace volumes in its collection that are too fragile for patron use. The purchase completed a collection of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth city directories through 1920.

City directories are an important source for family history research, especially in urban areas where families moved frequently. Directories give important information about residence, occupation and, often, marital status. Researchers use directories to track families between federal and state census years. Directories from the 1880-1900 period are especially important because the 1890 census was destroyed in a warehouse fire. The purchases will fill gaps in the MGS collection of printed volumes and replace many pre-1920 volumes that are too fragile for patron use.

Project Details
To add 8 fiche and 96 rolls of microfilmed city directories to broaden public accessibility to primary records
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Project Manager
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Street Address
1185 Concord St. N
South St. Paul
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155