Minnesota's Contribution to the DPLA Increases Tenfold

Additional 426,000 items provided by seven Minnesota institutions.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the nation’s premier online digital library, has collaborated with the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) at the University of Minnesota to complete a tenfold increase in the number of digital items from Minnesota available on its website, dp.la. This collaboration presents Minnesota culture and history to the world through high-quality scans of photographs, original manuscripts, videos, artwork, maps, and more. The 426,000 new items come from the collections of seven prominent Minnesota institutions:

  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Carleton College
  • Northfield History Collaborative
  • University of Minnesota Libraries

"We are incredibly excited to be part of this groundbreaking effort to bring together collections from across the country into a single, searchable portal," said Jennifer Jones, the Minnesota Historical Society's Library and Collections Director. "This is a wonderful opportunity to make the cultural heritage of Minnesota available to a wider audience."

When a visitor searches DPLA's website for this content, the site delivers results using data aggregated by MDL and directs the visitor to the host institution’s website to view the actual digital item. John Butler, the University of Minnesota Libraries' head of Data and Technology, added, "The Minnesota Digital Library's rich collaboration with the DPLA has now enabled the cultural treasures from the smallest and the largest of Minnesota organizations to have a digital presence on the national and international stage. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect Minnesota to the global community."

This work is made possible through the generous funding of the Digital Public Library of America Digital Hubs Pilot, which is supported by the Digital Public Library of America with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.