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The Minneapolis Athenaeum was founded in 1859 when a group of astute citizens concerned about geographic isolation decided that Minneapolis citizens deserved access to the same fine literature and cultural wisdom afforded communities of the more established eastern areas of America. From its inception the Athenaeum has served as an independent library offering a superb Special Collections department as well as a general reading collection of over 100,000 books all cared for and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Fine printing, hand colored plates, exquisite engravings and etchings and historical documents thrive in this collection.
The present Board of Trustees are as follows:
Susan H. Mackert, Chair
Linda R. Henning, Vice Chair
Donald C. Willeke, Secretary
Lance Cameron Fraser, Treasurer
Timothy J. Carroll
Donors and Members are central to our future!
The Athenaeum is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt non-profit corporation. We are reliant on the generosity of donors to support acquisitions, programming and book conservation/restorations. Giving opportunities include donations of cash, books, property or real estate. All gifts are tax deductible. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Athenaeum shares space with the Special Collections on the 4th floor of the Central Library on 300 Nicollet Mall. You can direct inquiries about our collection by calling the Special Collections librarians at 612 543 8200 and or emailing us. We also welcome scheduled tours of the Athenaeum and its vaults. Due to the value and condition of many of our rare books viewings will be accompanied by a librarian or a board member of the Athenaeum.