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Photographs featuring Minneapolis journalist Barbara Flanagan, her family, and many of the individuals she met and interviewed during her long career. Donated by Barbara Flanagan Sanford.

Barbara Flanagan was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Drake University from 1942-1945, where she pursued a major in drama. After a summer at the Minneapolis Times, she left college and began working in the promotion department from 1945 to 1947. Flanagan was a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune from 1947-1958. In 1958 she was named the women’s editor for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and worked in that capacity until 1965 when she was named a columnist for the Star. She wrote about “interesting personalities and colorful events.” She also used the column as a “constant and effective crusade for city beautification and for the preservation of historic buildings.” She continued to work for both papers and retired from the combined Star Tribune in 1988. After retirement, Flanagan continues to write her “Flanagan Memo” for the Star Tribune in which she promotes the city of Minneapolis and its civic treasures.

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