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Acquisitions librarian Patrick Coleman pages through maps in a 1595 Ortelius Atlas that is part of a collection of rare items at the Minnesota Historical Society Tuesday in St. Paul. Jennifer Simonson | MPR Photo

Collecting Minnesota’s history: Minnesota Historical Society archives filled with surprises

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Dan Olson

MPR News 91.3 FM

ST. PAUL — Inside the archives of the Minnesota Historical Society, visitors will find precious first editions of books by native sons Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ole Rolvaag.


But the basement library stacks also store surprises, among them a sheet of paper on which Bob Dylan wrote the words to “Temporary Like Achilles.”

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