Minnesota Digital Library

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (5) Digital Library
Appropriation Language

$300,000 the first year and $300,000 the second year are for a digital library project to preserve, digitize, and share Minnesota images, documents, and historical materials. The Minnesota Historical Society shall cooperate with the Minitex interlibrary loan system and shall jointly share this appropriation for these purposes.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Additional sources added to Reflections, additional outreach to statewide cultural heritage institutions.

Project Overview
The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is a statewide, multi-institutional collaboration that supports discovery, education and personal enrichment through digitization of and access to the rich historical resources of the state's public and academic libraries, archives, museums and historical societies, while also preserving these resources for future generations. MDL partnered with: * 180+ organizations through Minnesota Reflections, a premier searchable, online collection of primary source materials of more than 51,000 photos, maps, journals, letters, works of art and more. * In association with the Digital Public Library of America (DP.LA) MDL created two online exhibits: Quack Cures and Self-Remedies: Patent Medicine, 1860-1920 and Urban Parks in the United States.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code