State Historic Preservation Office

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

Various types of cultural resource searches can be requested by e-mail. Follow SHPO's recommended guidelines and contact us with requests or questions.

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.