Library and Archives

LIBRARY.  The museum reference library on military history contains nearly 15,000 non-circulating books, manuscripts, and pamphlets. In addition, it maintains a large collection of historic military technical and field manuals. Special attention is given to collecting materials that specifically relate to the military experiences of Minnesotans and to military units with Minnesota ties.

A project has been underway since 2015 to catalog all the books in the collection and improve public access through a state-wide inter-library loan program.  In 2016, we began adding materials to an online catalog.  By late 2017 we hope to begin circulating items.  In the meantime, you can search our (work in progress!) catalog at mnmilitarymuseum.goalexandria.com 

ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS.   Paper archives include photographs, personal letters and diaries, scrapbooks, maps, posters, sheet music, periodicals and newspapers, and official correspondence, records, and orders. A-V materials include films, audio tapes, video tapes, DVDs and CDs. Finding aids enabling you to access information online about our archives are available. Learn more about our archives and special collections.

DONATIONS.  Do you have books or archival materials to donate? We are always looking for new titles, documents and photographs to add to the collection. Unit histories, general military histories, technical and field manuals, biographies and other books of a military nature are always accepted, regardless of condition. Written personal recollections and memoirs are especially welcome. Duplicates of books already in our collection may be sold in the museum gift shop to help raise funds for the museum.