Auto Shop Manual Collection, Minneapolis Central Library
I was searching the stacks for a Winton Six repair manual and came across this Chevrolet Vega manual. The Vega was a footnote in the quest of General Motors to manufacture a reliable small car. Both my father and father-in-law owned Vegas. For those Vega collectors out there we have the 1972-1976 shop manuals. We also have manuals for more recently manufactured cars if you are planning some DIY repairs.
Other highlights of the collection for American Motors fans: Hudson, Nash, Packard, Studebaker.
Museum on the Streets - Lake Street was unveiled on September 25!
We were lucky to attend the grand unveiling of the Museum on the Streets - Lake Street earlier this week. It consists of walking tours with signs along Lake Street in three separate areas: Uptown, Midtown, and 27th and Lake.
The Uptown Tour, focused on the lake district has 19 stops that go from Hove’s/Lunds grocery store at 1450 West Lake Street to the Schatzlien Saddle Shop at 609 West Lake Street.
The Midtown Tour is focused on the immigrants that have lived there past and present has 18 stops that go from Park Avenue Residential District to Layman’s Cemetary.
The 27th and Lake Tour is focused on transportation and industry has 19 stops, going from Porky’s Drive-In at 2017 East Lake Street to Wonderland Amusement Park (East Lake and 31st Ave. S.)
Joyce Wisdom from the Lake Street Council (and a star of the Special Collections Documentary) addressed the crowd as did Mayor Rybak, County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and others.
Here is a MinnPost article on the new signs.
This Day In Minneapolis History - Old Main ruins after the fire on September 24, 1904
Old Main The University’s first permanent building, Old Main, was erected in 1858 in the area now known as the knoll.
Six months after Old Main opened in 1858, hard economic times after the Panic of 1857 and the impending Civil War forced the school to close. Old Main became a refuge for squatters. A legislative committee that visited the building found a family living in it. The family became surly at having their privacy invaded. Turkeys were in one room, hay in another, and wood-splitting had ruined the floor in the central hall.
In 1867 the legislature voted $15,000 to repair the building and begin instruction in it. The governor signed this act, reorganizing the University, in February 1868.
Old Main was destroyed by fire Sept. 24, 1904. A plaque in front of Shevlin Hall on Pillsbury Drive marks the site of Old Main’s front door.
Photo via the Minnesota Historical Society, information found at University of Minnesota website.
Here are two drawings of Old Main from our Minneapolis Photo Database.
We were sad to see this posted yesterday by stuffaboutminneapolis, our favorite tumblr:
Paul, have you actually been to the historical society on the 4th floor of the central library? I was there a couple weeks ago helping my friend pinpoint the year of this postcard he has of Nicollet Park. But it’s so fascinating and I could get lost in there forever, with all the directories and maps and archives they have. I’ve been using the microfilm incessantly too, and this is just for some 2002/03 Twins stuff and between my friend and I, we’ve probably spent at least 8 hours on it.
Yes. I was there a few months ago, I walked in and the librarian asked if I needed help, I said no, I’m just looking around, and she told me this isn’t where you “just look around”, you need to have a reason to come in here. I said “I’ve never been here, not sure what I what to look up”. She said, “that’s what the main library is for, you need to be here for a reason”. So, long story short…I rolled my eyes and left.
Here is the response we just sent to Paul:
We are profoundly sorry you had an unsatisfactory experience in Special Collections. In the last year we have been liberalizing our policies due to changing circumstances in the reading room. We have eliminated the need to register, make an appointment for most materials and have opened up areas of the reading room to browsing (Kittleson WWII, city directories, card catalog, etc.). This is a big culture change from how we have been doing things for the last six years. Due to security and staffing issues when Special Collections re-opened in the new Minneapolis Central Library in 2006, we were required to severely curtail service to walk-in patrons and researchers that wanted to browse the collection.
We now have a different staffing model and our rare 19th Century Collection has been moved out of the reading room into the Special Collections vault where it belongs. Instead of registering patrons, we now only hold Library Card/ID for high school yearbooks and vault materials. We also have moved our heavily used collections into the reading room. If a patron wants something paged from the vault we still ask them to notify us prior to visiting but for the most part we can get a researcher started on their project when they come through our door.
Your experience reminds us we need to more uniformly explain our new policies to all our visitors so we can emphasize the more welcoming environment we are endeavoring to establish.
Our sincerest apologies,
Have you seen the TPT documentary on Special Collections: Treasures Collected, Treasures Shared yet?
TThe Story of a House (by hclib)
Flashback: WWII Propaganda Posters (by hclib)