McKinley quadrangle topographic map (N4730-W9222.5/7.5) featuring handwritten notations by Ray Segar in pencil and red ink regarding logging railroad lines and camps in the area north of McKinley. The hand written notations include information on the following, logging camps noted with ‘C’; Gull River Logging company.
Duluth's first air-mail service was celebrated with a band and dignitaries. The plane landed in the bay at the Duluth Boat Club on Minnesota Point. The mail was escorted on city streets to the post office.
University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections
Handwritten document by Edward George containing information about the character of his father, James George, including military experience in the Mexican War and the Civil War, law practice, pioneer life and politics
This set of slides was used in the Faust Theater in New Richland, Minnesota, as part of the entertainment from 1914 through the 1940s. The slide show includes images of local businesses, children, and advertising, as well as national advertising. About 600 glass slides were found many years after the theater was closed. Of those, approximately half were obliterated. Many of the glass slides show water damage sustained during their years stored in the rear of Faust Theater. Of those that survived the years, fewer than 300 were in good enough condition to identify the subject matter, and those that were are included in this collection. Together they give a portrait of New Richland and the surrounding area and a sense of what it was like to go to a movie in the first half of the Twentieth Century.
KROC Radio host Butch Morganson broadcasts this episode of the series, "The Hum of Industry" live from the Rochester Fire Station at the corner of Sixth Street and Broadway Avenue. Fire Chief Cecil E. Ginther is interviewed about the daily life of a fireman as they walk through the building describing the various rooms. Also heard are Assistant Chief Frank Adair and Fireman Dan McLaughlin.
Minutes Ledger is a written document of the first historical organization of Kandiyohi County. It contains the articles of incorporation and minutes and financial reports of the organization that later becomes the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Lydenbert, H. M. (New York Public Library, New York, New York)
Request is written on letter head stationery of the New York Public Library. It describes a request for copies of the "The Library Beacon." The text of a reply from the Saint Paul Public Library is noted on letter.
Lowrey's Map of the City of Duluth. Included in the map: a key to city streets, the Corporate Limits of Duluth, the Lake Superior shoreline and the Duluth Harbor. Also indicated on the map are Duluth city parks including Chester Park, Enger Park, Wheeler Field, Fairmount Park, Fond Du Lac Park, Northland Country Club, Ridgeview Golf Course, and the Lester Park Golf Course.
Johnson, W. M., 4631 W. 4th Street, Duluth, Minnesota
Forestry survey map shows roads, highways, trails, portages, railroads, Superior National Forest boundary line, international boundary line, county line, township lines, section lines, district forest ranger stations, permanent look-out stations, public camp grounds, CCC camps, cabins or other buildings.
Topographic map of the area between Mountain Iron in the west, the eastern edge of St. Louis county in the east, Markham in the south, and Embarrass in the north. Features handwritten notation by Ray Segar in red pencil regarding logging railroads in the area.
One hand-drawn, cadastral map of Richfield, Minnesota, showing parcel dimensions and property ownership of S 1/2 of Sec.27- T.28- R.24. The area is bounded by West 66th Street East, Portland Avenue, West 70th Street East, and Lyndale Avenue. A note on the back reads: "Mr. Rivkin (paid)." This is page nine from an unknown atlas.
Martha Dieter describes her childhood including her family's experiences at Fort Ridgley during the Civil War, the Indian Wars, pioneer medicine, her fathers imprisonment at Andersonville Prison during the Civil Was, being vaccinated for small pox, her mother's pension and moving to Rochester.
This one cent postal card requests that they receive additional issues beyond the April-June, 1934 issues. The annotation shows that a response by post card was sent to the St. Louis Public Library letting them know that issues will be sent when available.
Jennings, Mrs. T. B. (Saint Paul Public Library, St. Paul, Minnesota)
This one cent postal card was sent to a Miss Helen Beach, Librarian at the Library School, Emory University, Georgia. It informs Miss Beach that "The Library Beacon" is in a state of "suspended animation." The library was facing an acute budget deficit, which would cause the library to close for fifteen days, from August 25th to September 8th, 1935.
Price, F. H. (Free Library of Philadelphia, Periodical Department, Middle City Station)
This one cent postal card is a request for copies of "The Library Beacon" for July through December, 1934. January through June, 1935. This one cent postal card was the standard of quick, easy and inexpensive communication between libraries across the country.
Bernardo, Gabriel A. (University of the Philippines, Manila)
A two cent postal card from the Library of the University of the Philippines. It was a request that "The Library Beacon" be placed on a permanent mailing list and sent to the University of the Philippines.
Windsor, P. L. (Periodical Division, University of Illinois Library, Urbana, Illinois)
The one cent postal card was the most cost effective way to communicate by mail. This was especially true in the period of the Great Depression when the library budget was cut to the bone. This one cent postal card is a request for copies of "The Library Beacon" Vol. 6, No.2 for 1934 to date. Penciled notation indicates that requested items were sent.
Standard atlas and plat book for Polk County, Minnesota. Features include a map of the entire county, individual township maps, a map of Minnesota, a map of the United State and a world map. An extensive Advertising section is also included at the end of the volume.
Page 1. "Book Drive Number," A black and white photograph on the cover, shows two employees mending library materials. Centered in the photograph is a book press. Announced was a campaign asking people of St. Paul to give 100,000 books to the library. Page 2. "Why Give To Libraries?" Seven points are listed. The first point serves as a foundation for the rest. "Human life is shaped and developed by nothing else more powerfully than by ideas, images, emotions and ideals which are conveyed to the mind by books". Page 3. "Subscription Books," People have been approached by agents selling subscriptions. To assist the unwary the library subscribes to "Subscription books Bulletin," issued by the American Library Association. "Post Cards Wanted," Looking for scenes, buildings, monuments. The library circulated these post cards to schools and study groups. "And Phonograph Records, Too," Many persons did not realize that the library circulated records of the better class of musical compositions. The collections were available for use by responsible groups. Page 4. "Book Drive Information," Stipulated here were the types of materials the library hoped to receive. Where they were to be delivered, Central library or branches and how to deal with monetary gifts. Home libraries could benefit by judicious pruning with donations being given to the library. "Acknowledgements Suspended," Gifts received during the Book Drive were appreciated but space would not allow the usual practice of acknowledgement in The Beacon.
Page 1. "A Day's Circulation At The Central Library," A black and white photograph shows the returned material waiting to processed and shelved. "Library Events In 1930." Two new branches opened. Book Gift Drive brought in more than 20,000 books and $783.19 in money. Page 2. "Your Library In 1930," A statistical record of library activity for 1930. Page 3, "Each Library Patron Should Note," There was a delicate balance between acquisition and withdraw of books. The result was considerably fewer books left for circulation. "Atlas With 1930 Population Statistics," The Rand McNally commercial atlas was a significant addition to the collection. Page 4. "Librarians As Amateur Sleuths," An example of how staff found the correct book with very little information. "Recent Donors To The Library," People and organizations donate to the library. "Bulletin Books Worth Reading," The library published the "Bulletin" a pamphlet of suggested book worth reading.
Page 1. A black and white photograph of the St. Anthony Park Branch Library is on the cover. One of three Carnegie Branch Libraries, it experienced an increase in library card holders, book circulation and volume of materials added to the collection. Page 2. "Fourteen Years At St. Anthony Branch." What was written in 1932 in most respects remains valid to this day. Page 3. "College Alumni Publications," A Saint Anthony resident donated his copy of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin to the library. "In Recognition Of Generous Contributions," A list of donors, private citizens and businesses who contributed to the library system. "Readers' Aid In The Circulation Department," The economic depression saw large numbers of people using the library. Statistics of customer use in the Readers Aid department increased significantly over 1931. Subject requests mirrored current events in the world. Page 4. "New Atlases," The Library was proud of the addition of "Stieler's Atlas of Modern Geography" a German publication. "Wanted: Magazines For Hospital Patients," The Library Hospital Service sent out a plea for magazines, not more than two years old, to be donated to the library. "Trade Journals For The Business Man," Even in difficult economic times, trade journals were an important part of the library's collection. The titles mentioned present a profile of businesses active in the state.
Page 1. "Mending The Library's Books," A black and white photograph shows staff mending books. Some 40,000 books were mended annually. Page 2. "What Price Carelessness?" A request for patrons to treat books with care and all will benefit. "An Expression Of Appreciation And Thanks," No gift was to small and all gift appreciated. Page 3. "Half-A-Day Better Than No Library," Those who could not afford carfare used these stations. Five of these stations and their collections are described. These stations provided vital service for the public. Page 4. "Arthur Caines In Memoriam," Mr. Caines was a member of the Library Advisory Board. "The Library Advisory Board," Listed are the names of the Library Advisory Board. "Read About Roosevelt," The library will obtain books written by the president as well as books about him. Books about the "New Deal," will follow soon.
Page 1. "For Summer Readers, A Pleasant Place To Read Or Study," Study goes on in the Reference Room, students find it a cool place to work. When the weather is hot the air is "washed" and cooled before being driven by fans through the entire building. "Recent Book-Lists. "Summer book lists, covering many topics were available for the public. Page 2, The Plight Of Young People In The Depression," A sobering appraisal of the plight of young men and women caught in the Depression. "Books About Our Boys And Girls," Another list concerning the dilemma of the youth of the country. "Books In A Democracy," A statement by Arundell Esdaile, Secretary of the British Museum. Page 3. "What Vocation Shall I Choose?" A selection of information on a variety of careers. "An Expression Of Thanks," Over 2,200 materials comprising books, maps, periodicals were donated to the library. Some branches received subscriptions to journals, Others received cash. One individual gave a donation of three dollars. Who will ever know the story behind her donation? Page 4, "A Notable Gift Of Books," Books donated by the Long family in memory of Lily A. Long and Olive M. Long. An example of a book plate from the Long family is illustrated.
Page 1. "Hale Memorial Merriam Park Branch," A black and white photograph shows the new Merriam Park Branch on Marshall Avenue, formally opened on November 20, 1930. Page 2. "Don't Be Bashful!" The spirit of service should be first for every library employee. Staff attitude and demeanor should encourage the public to feel free to put forth any inquiry. A true statement in 1930 as in the present. "The Library's Christmas Services," Those who were considering the gift of a book for a friend, would do well to consult with library staff before making a purchase. Page 3. "Donors." Their names are listed in alphabetical order and their gifts appreciated. "Why A New Library Card," In 1930 a library card was renewed every five years. Registration records provided demographic information that enabled the library to reach all people within the city. Today library cards expire every two years. "The Quality Of Library Service," The library looked at corresponding statistics and determined that readers and circulation of non fiction were on the rise. Those not enrolled in universities availed themselves of library materials. The library responded by enhancing the specialized departments. At the same time reviewing the training and educational level of the staff. Page 4. "The Times And Circulation," Hamline saw a 50% increase in activity, while Merriam worked with a 100% increase in activity. The Central library saw an increase of attendance in the reading rooms. It was perhaps the down turn in the economy that caused people to choose a less financially expensive form of entertainment. The Great Depression had begun.