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Use the Minnesota History Center Library: About the Library

A guide using the Minnesota History Center Library website and collections for Carleton students.

Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Address Box

Address:
MN Historical Society Library
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Library Hours:
Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

Reference Phone Line:
651-259-3300

Email Reference

About the Minnesota History Center Library

The Minnesota Historical Society Library houses a number of research materials owned by the Minnesota Historical Society. While everything in their collection has some relation to the state of Minnesota, within that framework the collect a very broad array of materials. Researchers can access:

  • Birth and death records
  • Historical newspapers 
  • Government documents
  • Private corporate records
  • Oral history interviews with Minnesotans
  • Historical maps and photos

Carleton students looking for primary sources related to pretty much any topic related to Minnesota or its history would do well to check whether the Minnesota Historical Society Library has anything for them. The size and complexity of the collection means that it is not comprehensively searchable. Much of the collection also only exists in hard copy, meaning that Carleton community members interested in doing research there must travel to St. Paul.

If you have questions, the library also has a staff of reference librarians who are happy to help any interested patron. You can reach them by:

Where to Start?

If you have a topic related to Minnesota History and you want to see what the MNHS Library has on it, there are two good places to start:

  1. The MNHS Library's own research guides. They're created by the MNHS librarians and are similar to Carleton's own subject guides. They should include most of the MNHS Library's collections in a given area.
  2. The MNHS Library's digitized finding aid collection. A finding aid is a document used by archivists and researchers to describe the contents of large collections of usually uncataloged material. Because much of the MNHS Library's collection is made up of uncataloged papers and documents, finding aids are crucial to knowing what the library has

Historical Photos from the MNHS Collection

Bicycle race, Red Wing.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Bicycle track, Worthington.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Women with old bicycle.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Young woman bicycling.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

A high wheel bicycle.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Woman riding bicycle.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

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