Using SHPO files
All Standing Structures and Archaeology Inventories
are housed at the State Historic Preservation Office
in the Minnesota
History Center in St. Paul. SHPO files are open
to the public.
Note: Access to some information about archaeological sites is restricted by state and federal law.
To provide additional security at the History Center, the main elevators are being equipped with key card readers to control access to levels not associated with the museum galleries or library.
Beginning June 16, 2011 all SHPO visitors will be required to stop by the Information Desk on Level 1 to obtain a pre-programmed key card that can be scanned by the key card reader in the elevator to go to Level A.
Visitors will be required to provide a driver's license or other government issued photo ID in exchange for the key card. When leaving, the drivers license/ID will be returned in exchange for the key card.
How to Arrange A Visit
Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call ahead at 651-259-3450 to ensure that someone is available to help you find what you need.
How to Request a File Search
How to Copy SHPO Materials
The SHPO is able to handle by telephone small requests
for photoduplication of files. For large files or complicated
requests, you must make arrangements to do your own
research and copying. Copy costs: $.20/page.
To obtain reprints of photographs, see Image Price List.