Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
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
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:
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:
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.
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
The librarians at MNHS have created research guides for a number of different topics. If you're not sure what kind of resources they have in a particular area, this would be a good place to start. These guides also contain suggestions for secondary sources that you may be able to access through Carleton's library.