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Old Town Restorations records

Identifier: N170

Scope and Content Note

Included in this extensive collection are film strips, mounted pictures and photographs, conference brochures and information gathered by staff attending conferences, OTR financial records, Hill District history records (in manuscripts, maps and pictures), house moving records, a collection of how-to publications on house renovation, newsletters and other information about OTR, project files, publications by and about OTR, tour brochures and information, and many photographs of buildings in the District including project and aerial view photographs. Also included are floorplans of many buildings, and maps of the Hill District.


  • Creation: 1966-1982


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.

Historical Note

Old Town Restorations, Inc., (OTR), was a non-profit corporation founded to combat community deterioration through historic preservation. Focused on the Historic Hill District in St. Paul, Minnesota, Old Town Restorations, Inc., maintained a program of planning, education, publication and development from 1966 until about 1982.


21 Cubic Feet


Collection contains the papers of Old Town Restorations, a historic preservation non-profit corporation established in St. Paul, Minnesota.


The collection is organized into 15 series:

  1. Audio Visual
  2. Display Boards
  3. Conferences
  4. Finances
  5. History
  6. House Moving Projects
  7. How-to-Files
  8. Media Reference and Newsletters
  9. People
  10. Project Files
  11. Publications
  12. Restoration and Preservation Booklets-Local and National
  13. Restoration Projects
  14. Selby Projects
  15. Tours
  16. Numbered Negatives
  17. Photographs,Negatives and Contact Sheets
  18. Rolled-A
  19. Rolled-D
  20. Rolled-M
  21. Rolled-O

Physical Location

Mezzanine; A-V Room; High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.


The collection was donated to the Northwest Architectural Archives by Earl Joseph on April 15, 1997.

Old Town Restorations records
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