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image from The Minneapolis Architecture collection
The images contained in this collection comprise the entire set of illustrations used by Dr. Donald Torbert for his Ph.D. thesis Minneapolis Architecture and Architects, 1848-1908; A study of Style Trends in Architecture in a Midwestern City Together with a Catalogue of Representative Buildings, written in 1951.

Dr. Torbert's thesis remains the foundational work upon which subsequent architectural studies of the city are founded. It is a comprehensive and accurate, especially given the general lack of resources at the time it was written.

The illustrations were derived from a number of sources, but the bulk of images came from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minneapolis Public Library Special Collections. The University of Minnesota does not own these images, and they have been provided online as reference images only.

It is incumbent upon the user to secure all proper citations and permissions for reproduction of these works. A print copy of the thesis is housed in the Northwest Architectural Archives, and researchers are encouraged to consult that work for further information about sources and citations.

Minneapolis Architecture, 1848-1908

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