Genealogy: Minnesota, Library and society resource list

Minnesota, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (5)

  1. Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning – Library Development and Services:
  2. Minnesota Genealogical Society:
  3. Minnesota Historical Society:
  4. Minnesota North Star : State Government Libraries – CALCO :
  5. Minnesota State Archives:

University Archives and Collections (23)

  1. Minnesota State University, Mankato:
  2. Minnesota State University, Moorhead:
  3. Saint John’s University:
  4. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: web/lib_collections/Archives/archives.html
  5. Southwest Minnesota State University:
  6. St. Cloud State University:
  7. St. Olaf College:
  8. University of Minnesota, Duluth:
  9. University of Minnesota, Anderson Library, Immigration History Research Center:
  10. University of Minnesota. Andersen Horticultural Library:
  11. University of Minnesota. Charles Babbage Institute:
  12. University of Minnesota. Children’s Literature Research Collection:
  13. University of Minnesota. Immigration History Research Center:
  14. University of Minnesota. James Ford Bell Library:
  15. University of Minnesota. Manuscripts Division:
  16. University of Minnesota. Social Welfare History Archives:
  17. University of Minnesota. Special Collections and Rare Books:
  18. University of Minnesota. University Archives:
  19. University of Minnesota, Wilson Library:
  20. University of Minnesota. Upper Midwest Jewish Archives:
  21. University of Minnesota. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine:
  22. University of Minnesota. YMCA Archives:
  23. University of St. Thomas:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (4)

  1. Minneapolis–Minnesota Genealogical Society Library:
  2. Northfield–Minnesota Historical Society:
  3. Minneapolis–Minneapolis Public Library:
  4. Plum Creek–Plum Creek Library System:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (9)

  1. American Swedish Institute:
  2. Bakken Library and Museum:
  3. Baptist General Conference History Center:
  4. Goodhue County Historical Society:
  5. Hill Monastic Manuscript Library:
  6. Iron Range Research Center:
  7. James J. Hill Reference Library:
  8. Le Sueur County Historical Society:
  9. Stevens County Museum & Historical Society:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. WEB PALS – Minnesota’s Statewide Project for Automated Library Systems:

This site provides Internet access to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Statewide Automated Library System (MnSCU/PALS). Patrons can search the online catalog, reference files, and indexes.

Digital Library Collections (5)

  1. Minnesota Digital Library Coalition, Minnesota Digital Library Project:
  2. University of Minnesota, Electronic Text Research Center:
  3. Digital Colletions by Subject:
  4. University of Minnesota Libraries (Twin Cities), Digital Collections and Services:
  5. Lumina: Digital Library Gateway: