Collections Database

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society is in the process of transitioning our collections records from our previous software system to provided by the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums. 

MNCollections is a collective database that includes not only items held by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, but a growing number of organizations across Minnesota. Through this system researchers can search for “depot” and see what comes up for our area as well as other places in Minnesota. The results can then be filtered by organization, dates or other criteria to better suit one’s needs. 

Not every image held by the WBLAHS is in the database yet, so if you are looking for something specific and don’t see it, please let us know. Each week more content is added and as we continue to collect new items will be included. 

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Digital scans of unrestricted images in the WBLAHS collection are available to order. 

All files are created using a flatbed scanner. All scans will be emailed as a .jpg (JPEG) which can be opened by most operating systems.

  • 150 dpi, low resolution scans: $7.00 per scan (web display, power point, school reports, photocopies, reproduction, etc.)
  • 300 dpi, medium resolution scans: $20.00 (desktop publishing, newsprint, reports, etc.)
  • 600 dpi, high resolution scans: $30.00 (publishing, books, advertising, etc.)

Note: Possession of White Bear Lake Area Historical Society images does not give permission for using it. If you would like to use images for advertising or purposes beyond general decoration, please contact us for current use fees.

If you find images you would like us to scan and send to you, please complete and submit the Photo Scan Request formOnce a request is received we will process the invoice. Upon payment we can pull the images and scan and send for you to print in whatever format you wish.

Please note: Requests generally take about a week to process and may take longer due to current COVID protocols and staffing.