This collection contains old photographs, newspaper articles, newspapers, books, pamphlets and broadsides pertaining to the history of Minnesota, the Red River Valley and individual communities in northwest Minnesota. The newspapers in this collection are anniversary editions and contain town histories and biographies of early settlers. Most of the photographs are dated but unidentified. There are also newspaper articles about steamboats on the Red River and reminiscences by one time steamboat owner Henry W. Alsop and his son H.L. Alsop.