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Minnesota History welcomes submissions of articles and edited documents dealing with the social, economic, political, intellectual, and cultural history of the state and surrounding region. New and timely topics or new approaches to older subjects are welcome.

Minnesota History is a refereed journal. Submitted articles are sent to reviewers who are specialists in their fields for evaluation and comment. Their suggestions for improving the article are passed along to authors. The magazine’s style guide is the most recent Chicago Manual of Style.

Articles should be written for an intelligent but non-specialist audience. They should have a strong story line that carries readers along to the end of the article. Footnotes for direct quotations and for facts, figures, and dates from primary and secondary sources are essential.

Articles range from 1,500 words to 5,000 words in length. Copies or a descriptive list of interesting photographs and other possible illustrations should be submitted with the manuscript. Please do not send originals.


  • Postal Submissions
    Send two copies, including photocopied art.
  • Electronic Submissions
    Send text files as attachments to email. Do not format the manuscript with embedded art; instead include a list of possibilities or a folder of low-resolution scans.

Contact Information

Minnesota History
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd. West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906

Laura Weber, Editor


Readers selected to evaluate manuscripts submitted to Minnesota History receive the guidelines below. Authors may find the criteria helpful in guiding their work.

Does this manuscript . . .

  • Contain innovative information? Does it make a significant contribution to the literature, or does it mostly repeat information already published elsewhere? Does it present innovative or creative insights, opinions, or syntheses? New factual or survey data?
  • Show responsible scholarship? To what extent has the author explored and assimilated the published information relevant to the topic? Is the thesis explained or justified; is it well thought out; does it recognize and deal with opposing viewpoints or counter-arguments; is it based on, or does it include, misinterpretations or misstatements? In other words, does the article merit the attention and respect of those who may not agree with it?
  • Evidence familiarity with the subject? Does the author appear to know what s/he is talking about? Do incompleteness, lack of clarity, and misunderstandings mar the presentation? Is the author in command of the topic and the level at which it is being addressed?
  • Have a pertinent subject? Is the topic likely to be interesting or meaningful to a significant proportion of Minnesota History’s diverse readership, which includes professional historians, dedicated amateurs, and general readers of varied levels of expertise? Although it has a Minnesota or Midwest focus, will it also be of interest to readers outside the area?
  • Have good organization, structure, and style? Is the article either too elementary or too esoteric? Too sweeping or generalized or superficial? Too narrowly focused? Is the presentation logical, well organized, easy to follow, grammatical, literate? Are there places where it is hard to be sure of what the author is trying to say? Is the writing style either too casual for a formal publication or too complex to be pleasant to read? Might the article be more clear or useful if given a different structure: e.g., chronological, topical?